Palm Golf Course
Elevated greens and tees and an abundance of water await golfers at the 7,015-yard Palm course.
Like "sister courses" Magnolia and Lake Buena Vista, Palm requires careful club selection.
More than the other Joe Lee-designed courses at Walt Disney World Resort, however, Palm uses water hazards as a penalty to errant shots. Water comes into play on nine holes. Flamboyant Chi Chi Rodriguez, upon tumbling from the lead of an early Disney PGA TOUR event when play moved to Palm, announced, "I'm allergic to water."
The water challenge is nowhere more evident than at No. 6. This 412-yard par 4 requires avoiding water left off the tee, and water fronting the green on approach. Meanwhile, thick Florida forest on the right requires players to tread lightly along the water's edge.
Palm is shorter, but tighter, than its neighbor, Magnolia, and overall is characterized as a precise layout carved from dense woods.
Opinions about the toughest holes vary. No. 6 carries the No. 1 handicap rating. No. 18, a long par 4 to a small, forward-sloping green, has been a nemesis for PGA TOUR players, ranking among the 10 toughest holes on the entire TOUR four times since 1986. It is the No. 2 handicap hole.
Larry Nelson, winner of the annual Disney PGA TOUR fall classic in 1984 and 1987, rated No. 4 toughest. It's a 422-yard par 4 that oddly enough has no water hazards. "For me it's hard to find a driving spot," Nelson said. "It's hard to drive it in the fairway."
Another toughie, Nelson said, is the 450-yard No. 10 -- "especially as a starting hole."
And then there is No. 18, a par 4 that measures 454 yards from the tips. Trees to the right and a hazard to the left swallow tee shots that stray from the fairway. Then it's a long approach over water to the green.
There is also water to the right of the green, water behind the green, and a series of sand bunkers hugging the fringe of the green on three sides.
The Palm has been listed by Golf Digest in the nation's top 25 resort courses and rates as a 'classic' Florida course.
- Detailed 3D views of each hole
- Precise yardage to different fairway and green locations
- Professional tips that aid course strategy
- Leaderboard and scoreboard views for tournament play
- Ability to monitor time and pace of play and communication to course management in the event of an emergency
Satellite Map / Aerial View of Course Layout
Reviews & Ratings
Pro Shop -- full-service shop featuring all the golf gear you need. Accessories range from golf shoes to designer golf bags to a selection of character and custom-logo sportswear.
Rental Equipment -- Golf clubs, shoes and driving range balls are available for a nominal fee.
Practice Facility -- Hone your skills on the four driving ranges and four practice putting greens of Disney Golf. Wherever you play, a practice facility is nearby. Improve your long and short game; there are even practice bunkers to sharpen your sand play.
Dining -- Stroll over to the nearby Shades of Green Resort for three delicious dining options. Start your day with breakfast at the Garden Gallery. After a round, stop poolside at the Evergreen Sports Bar, where you can take in a televised sporting event and enjoy American favorites. And don't forget Mangino's for a delectable dinner
All rates are subject to 6.5% Sales Tax.
- Walt Disney World Resort Guest and Day Visitor Weekend and Weekday rates are per person and include greens fees, use of electric golf carts and pre-round practice balls.
- Replay rates are 50% of the applicable full rate on the same day. They occur on space-available basis, and may not be reserved in advance.
- On the 4 Disney championship courses, Walt Disney World Resort Guest and Day Visitor 2-Round Pass rates are per person for 2 greens fees and use of an electric golf cart. This offer may not be split between 2 players and does not include pre-round practice balls.
- Twilight Special rates are per person for greens fee and use of an electric golf cart. Pre-round practice balls are not included for Twilight greens fees. Twilight Times:
- Twilight rate is based on as many holes as you are able to play before dusk
- Start at 2:00 p.m. from November 7, 2010 – March 12, 2011
- Start at 3:00 p.m. from March 13, 2011 – April 14, 2011
- On Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course, rates are per person for greens fee; there are no electric carts available on the course.
- Pre-round practice balls are not included in Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course greens fees. Pull carts are available at $6 each and are available on this course only.
- All rates are subject to 6.5% sales tax.
- Rates are subject to change without notice.
- For additional information or assistance on rates, please call our Master Starter at (407) 938-GOLF (938-4653). You must be 18 years of age or older to dial this number. Guests under age 18 must have a parent's or guardian's permission to call.
For Disney Resort Guests - advise the Valet Desk or Bell Services that you have a tee time at the course and they will arrange free transportation for you. Returning from the course, the golf service staff will arrange transportation back to your hotel.
Parking is free at the Golf Course.
If driving to the Palm Golf Course, follow the signs from I-4 or route 192 to the Magic Kingdom® Park. Stay in the right lane of the Magic Kingdom Toll Plaza. Follow the signs to Disney's Polynesian Resort. The golf course is located across the street at the Shades of Green Resort.
Tips & Facts
Tee times can be made by calling 407/WDW-GOLF. Guests with a resort confirmation number can reserve tee times up to 90 days ahead. Day visitors can book up to 30 days ahead. Or book online.
Full beverage cart service is available on the golf course.
Lockers and shower facilities are available at the clubhouse.
Guests wanting to book another round, whether same-day replay or next day, can book their tee times in the Pro Shop.
Course opened in 1971
Par is 72
Course record: 61 (Mark Lye)
Palm features more than its share of water and sand with nine water holes and 94 bunkers.
Greens are TifEagle
Fairways are Tifway 419
Palm is one of three Walt Disney World courses designed by Joe Lee; others: Lake Buena Vista and Magnolia.
The Palm course shares clubhouse facilities -- including a pro shop and locker rooms -- with the Magnolia course.
Among the prestigious events that have called the course "home": the PGA TOUR fall Classic (1972- ) -- currently the FUNAI Classic at Walt Disney World Resort; the Bryant Gumbel/Walt Disney World Celebrity Tournament benefiting the United Negro College Fund (1989-91); and the AJGA/Polo Golf Junior Classic (1995-2003).
Palm No. 18 has ranked among the toughest 50 holes on the PGA TOUR eight times since 1983.
Palm is part of a 99-hole Walt Disney World golf resort complex honored as one of America's Gold Medal Resorts by Golf Magazine (2004 biennial survey).