The Palm Golf Course Disney World Review
The Palm Golf Course is a Joe Lees designed masterpiece at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Co-host of the Children's Miracle Network Classic on the PGA tour alongside its sister course, The Magnolia. The Palm Golf Course is one of the best courses at Walt Disney World and is a serious test of golf for players of all abilities. Carved through woodlands, there are still plenty of water hazards and jungles to swallow your ball and quickly turn a career round of golf into a disaster.
Blue Tees -> 6,957 yards, course rating 73.9, slope rating 133
White Tees -> 6,461 yards, course rating 71.6, slope rating 128
Golf Tees -> 6,029 yards, course rating 69.1, slope rating 123
Red Tees -> 5,311 yards, course ratings 70.5, slope 123
With water in play on 9 of the 18 holes, the Palm markets itself as a premium golf course, happy to be compared to any other course in Florida. Having hosted PGA tour events for over 30 years, this is a championship quality layout that has been honed over the years as technology has allowed the ball to fly longer and straighter.
The Palm has some seriously interesting and challenging holes. The 2nd with water down the left hand side will test your driving nerves early. The par 4 6th is one of my favourite holes, with water down the entire left hand side, with a forced water carry to reach the tricky green. Like a good resort course should, The Palm mercilessly tests your ball flight and control, with a variety of challenges presented by the water hazards and jungle to ensure that any golfer that has broken handicap has well and truly earnt it. The par 5 15th has at least 2 forced water carry's, one off the tee with more water to the right. The big hitters face the ultimate risk vs. reward scenario, with the opportunity to reach the green in two if they are brave enough to carry more water. Otherwise the average golfer can bail out short and right of the green for a relatively easy pitch in. The 18th is rated the 4th hardest finishing hole on the PGA tour, with length, jungle and a hidden creek making this hole a tough finish to a difficult course.
The course is billed as having elevated tees and greens, but I wouldn't call them elevated in the true sense of the word. This course is very flat, leaning on its length and hazards to provide the majority of its obstacles. The tees and greens that are "raised" are only by a few feet, nowhere will you be hitting into a green that is significantly higher or lower than the fairway. The greens are not heavily tiered, and rely on being fast to provide most of their difficulty. If the greens aren't running fast, this is a fairly easy place to putt around. Largely due to the climate, the course is often wet and is at best, spongy. The fairways are beautiful to hit from but you will get little carry once your ball lands, so make sure you take plenty of club.
The Palm and the Magnolia share pro shop and club house facilities, though the club house facilities are only locker rooms and showers. The pro shop carrys a large range of merchandise, both Disney and Non-Disney branded. A driving range and practise putting facilities are provided.
The Palm is a championship quality course located in the heart of Walt Disney World. Every serious golfer should take the opportunity while at Disney World to escape the maddening crowds and screaming children and test themselves against a course that every year, the best players on the PGA Tour try and master.
To find out which of the 5 courses at Walt Disney World is the best, read my article on The Best Golf Course At Walt Disney World. and read all about the wonderful California Grill restaurant overlooking The Magic Kingdom