There’s no shortage of golf courses in Orlando, or even the wider Central Florida region, and it’s no surprise that Disney has got in on the action too with several courses of their own. Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is one of the most popular, and easy to find, right in the heart of the far-reaching Walt Disney World Florida, just southwest of Downtown Orlando.
The spectacular Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is centred around some sparkling lakes, well-maintained pine forests, and offers 18 holes of varying difficulties; good for amateurs all the way up to the pros (although if you’ve never picked up a golf club before, your time might be better spent in the nearby practice driving range). The Lake Buena Vista Course is also easy to locate, just off International Drive and not far from the popular ‘Downtown Disney’ Promenade as well as the iconic Epcot Amusement Park.
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As well as Lake Buena Vista Golf Course, Disney World Resort Florida actually has an additional three other courses throughout Orlando. These include Oak Trail, Magnolia and Palm. Aside from the Mickey Mouse-shaped bunkers and branded flags, these are all the real deal. A single 9-hole round can cost as little as $50, although Lake Buena Vista is one of the best courses in Orlando, so expect to pay more. The price for a game depends on your teeing off time but the most you will be expected to pay it $139 per player. The course is open from 6:30 to 16:30 daily.
The adjacent driving range and practice putting green can also be used before you take to the course, or if you’re a beginner, arrange a professional 45-minute professional lesson (which are also available for juniors 5-17 years-old too). For refreshments, head to the excellent ‘Turf Club’ at the adjacent Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, or stop by one of the several cafes or vendors dotted around the course for a quick bite.
One round on the 18-hole course, which has been given 4 out of 5 stars by Golf Digest, will cost around $130. Pricey, but that does include access to all of their facilities, including the clubhouse, changing rooms, restaurants and your own golf cart – which is a must for this particular course. Those who prefer not to drive their own golf cart are recommended to visit the 9-hole ‘walking’ course by Disney at Oak Trail.
Do note Disney’s strict golfing dress code (that is the same for the majority of golf courses in Orlando), which means polo shirts or turtlenecks for the guys (we suggest the former), and slacks or Bermuda-length shorts for both men and women. Groups are required to use golf bags for their clubs (which are available for free), although other equipment for hire, such as shoes, clubs and gloves does carry additional charges.
Disney's Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 20:00
- Address: 2200 Golf Dr, Orlando, FL 32830, United States
- Tel: +1 407-939-4653
- Price Range: $50-$139 per player (not including caddies fees, club rental or optional extras)