Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course opened on October 1, 1971, the same day as Magic Kingdom Theme Park.
In the 50 years since its opening, the course has undergone renovations and redesigns to enhance conditions and playability to update the designs to today’s game.
The Arnold Palmer Golf Management has been reimaging the finishing stretch of the course and has shared new information about the upcoming changes.
Designed and overseen by Ken Baker, who has extensive international design experience and is currently the head of golf course design at One Club Limited, these course updates will be completed by the end of the year.
Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course Reimaginining
Hole 14 – Currently a par 5, will become a par 4, with a new green location
Hole 15 – Currently a par 3, will shift location and become a long par 5, dogleg to the right
Hole 16 – Will shift location and remain a par 4, but will now become a dogleg to the left
Hole 17 – Currently a par 4, will become a par 3, with new tee box locations
To accommodate the shifting hole locations, players will find several new fairways and greenside bunkers were engineered.
Suited to test each player’s level, a selection of new teeing grounds will also be a part of the reimagining.
The changes to the holes will retain the par 72 traditional nature of the golf course.
These changes are just the beginning of the other enhancements to the golf experience at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course, which will result in reconstructing all 18 greens at Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course greens.
Recently two PGA Tour stars, 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia and 2019 US Open champion Gary Woodland, got a sneak peek at the redesign, and both walked away impressed.
“It will be amazing. The 15th (becoming) a big par 5; 16 is a long par 4 and they’ve brought in the water perfectly,” said Woodland. “You’re going to have four closing holes down the stretch that will test every aspect of your game. It’ll be a great finish here at Magnolia.”
Added Garcia: “It’s a fun course to play. When (golfers) finish their rounds, they can’t wait to come back and I think that’s something the Magnolia course will have.”
While Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course is now closed for play, you can still enjoy teeing up at Disney’s Palm Golf Course and Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course.
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