WDW Golf

Laurie had the privilege of visiting Magnolia Pro Shop.  She was told about a power chair that lifts guests to a standing position so they can actually play golf.  She what else she found out.

I asked what made Magnolia Pro Shop and her courses so special. Finally I was told about a solar rider wheelchair that is free for guests to use. Stand-up wheelchairs and power chairs allow a person to rise up to a standing position from their chair seat. I had seen a Youtube video of a surgeon who used such a chair.golf1 What stands out is how the man at the shop beamed as he spoke about guests who could play golf for the first time in years. He had a joy from the memories within him of disabled guests doing what once was unheard of. Contact the pro shops for more information and to make sure the chair is available. Golf courses and pro shops are dime a dozen but people like the staff at the WDW pro shops are rare and a treasure.

In 1971, WDW opened the Magnolia Golf Course and the Palm Golf Course. Then in 1972, they opened the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. These Joe Lee designed PGA championship courses come with a two-seat golf cart that has a sand bucket for filling divots, a small cooler, and a cover for your clubs in case it rains. Attendants will fill your cooler with ice and your golf cart has GPS to assist you with navigation. golf2Cart drivers must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license (permits do not count) otherwise they must ride with an adult who has a valid driver’s license. In 1989, they opened the Ron Garl designed Oak Trail which is a 9-hole walking course with no golf carts but guests may rent a pull cart for their clubs. The 18-hole courses have restrooms and shelters while Oak Trail has just shelters. The pro shops will store your clubs during your stay and, with notice, will move your clubs to another course. Guests must wear proper attire which is polo shirts, mock turtlenecks, and turtleneck shirts for men while women must wear polo shirts, suitable shirts, and blouses (collar optional). Guests must wear slacks or Bermuda shorts while women may wear skirts. Guests may wear golf shoes without metal spikes or tennis shoes. Right handed, left-handed, and junior golf clubs, as well as shoes, may be rented. DVC, resort guests, and military guests pay nothing for shoe rentals.

Magnolia Palms Pro Shop is located next to Shades of Green Resort. They have a wonderful staff who can help make your golf experience special. They have a fridge with cold beer, soda pop, bottled water, and power drinks. They bring in from another WDW site the hot dogs, wraps, breakfast sandwiches, chips, beer, soda pop, bottled water, and snacks that they sell on the course at the comfort station. Eligible guests may dine and shop at Shades of Green. All others must walk down to the Polynesian Resort for a bar and dinner. They have a putting green, driving range, free loaner bags, showers, and free lockers. The Oak Trail course is compact and designed for very little walking from hole to hole. Guests may ask to do two rounds for 18 holes. Using a car, one goes through Magic Kingdom tollbooth up the road on the right to the first light. Turn left and follow the signs to where the road turns right then left at Shades of Green resort. Parking is free if you tell the attendant you are golfing. Shades of Green was the clubhouse then a Disney deluxe resort for golfers. Golfers no longer have a restaurant to hang out in unless they have proof, such as military, retired military, Department of Defense, spouses, and some others. Magnolia course offers a Mickey Mouse shaped bunker on the 6th hole.

Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is located at the former Disney Institute location that is now Saratoga Springs. Upstairs is the lobby with a hallway that stretches across the building. Off that hall are bathrooms, sofas to relax in, Artist Palette (quick service restaurant), a gift shop, and a hallway that leads to The Turf Club restaurant. There is a ramp and stairs down to the back of the Pro Shop and the ferry dock. Guests may park in front of the pro shop and there is a bag drop off area in front of the pro shop. The side that faces the ferry landing has a snack shop and patio. GolfThey have a putting green, driving range, free loaner bag, showers, and free lockers. Guests must ask at their resort for a free taxi. There is a water ferry to Downtown Disney and several resorts that golfers can take to bars and restaurants. The water ferry closes when there is lightening and high winds. The only other option is taking two buses to get there. LBGV offers many more amenities once a guest is done with a round of golf but Magnolia offers 3 courses including the walking course.

Both pro shops offer the cutest baby clothing with Disney characters in a golf theme. There is offer golf attire for men, women, and children. Their adult apparel includes straw hats, gloves, socks, shoes, shorts, shirts, jackets, ball caps, belt buckles, and scarves with some clothing in size 2X large. They carry a very nice line of Crabtree and Evelyn products as well as sunscreen and lip balm. Their shops are a great place for gift shopping for that golfer in your life. I so want that buttery soft $700 leather shoulder bag but I did get me a stone magnet for the fridge. They offer Disney themed balls, divot fixer, ball markers, towel, club covers, coasters, and magnets as well as huge umbrellas, clubs, backpacks, bag tags, cuff links, and sunglasses. Lake Buena Vista pro shop has a discount area with 40% off of a few items like baby rompers and ladies shirts.

golf4I strongly recommend that guests check out the official WDW golf site at golfwdw.com and call 1-407-WDW-GOLF if they still have questions. Disney’s Magnolia, Palm and Oak Trail Golf Courses are next to Shades of Green Resort and are run by the Magnolia Palms Pro Shop. WDW Golf is an unofficial site that shows you the layout of the courses. Reservations must be secured with a credit card. Guests must report changes in group size and cancellations at 24 hours before tee time or face charges on their credit card. Resort guests save $5 on an 18-hole round of golf. The bigger savings are offered to those who play later in the day. The Twilight discount that starts at different times during the year and one hour after that is the Super Twilight discount, that is over half off. Twilight, Military, Resort, and DVC discounts are given on golf club rentals. Juniors (17 years and under) get a discount only at Oak Trails. I had a pleasant time with the staff at both Pro Shops as I watched them give a deep discount to someone late in the day. Do not be surprised if you get a deeply discounted round of golf if you arrive late in the day. They charge for non-playing guests who ride along. Area residents can check out the $29 a month club that gives free use of driving range and $15 for cart rental (no other fees) during certain times of the day. The Oak Trail course for is free for members.

The Unofficial Walt Disney World Golf Guide