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Walt Disney originally opened in 1971 and there were just 60 holes of golf. Oak Trail started originally as a 6-hole course later becoming the first 9-hole course. You will find it at the Shades of Green in a corner of Magnolia.
MAGNOLIA – The Magnolia is a Joe Lee Course and is located to the North of the Shades of Green. This is probably the second easiest of the courses. It is quite wide with trees that enhance the appearance of the course but are not really a hazard to play. Par is 72. Look out for the Mousetrap, a sand trap cut into the sod in the shape of Mickey's head. This course was originally named the Golf Resort and then the Disney Inn.
LBV - The Lake Buena Vista is also an 18-hole Joe Lee course located around what was originally known as the Lake Buena Vista Club. This meanders through villas and treehouses. This course is probably the best of the 18-hole courses to play, not having the expansive water hazards that plague the other four. Par is 72.
PALM - The Palm is the course that is to the South of the Shades of Green that you have probably seen as you leave the Disney Magic Kingdom complex on your right hand side. Again this is a Joe Lee layout, although harder as there is much more water in play on this course. Half of the holes require shots over or by water. Par is 72.
OSPREY RIDGE - Disney added 36 additional holes in 1992 at the Bonnet Creek location (just North of the Port Orleans complex). The Bonnet Creek clubhouse is a lovely building and, the putting green is a huge outline of Mickey's head! Tom Fazio designed this course The course and the Eagle Pines course really are almost equally difficult and a test of anyone’s golfing abilities. Par is 72 although many think it would be fairer if it were 82!
There are food and beverage carts located around the course if you need food and drinks whilst you are playing.
EAGLE PINES – This course is similar to Osprey Ridge and was designed by Pete Dye. When you play the first couple of holes you have no idea of the challenges to come, as it is easy to obtain a nice easy par-par start. If you play to your handicap on this layout, you've played well. Par is 72.
The best part about finishing on Osprey Ridge or Eagle Pines is that there is a great bar in the Bonnet Creek clubhouse. You will probably need it after playing these courses!
Overlooking the eighteenth greens of Osprey Ridge and Eagle Pines you will find the Sand Trap Bar and Grill. Here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or light dining. The outside veranda is open all day.
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Page added on: 27 September 2006
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