Recently, The Golfing Dads had a chance to play a very fun golf course located in the heart of the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. Located at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista used to be a part of the annual Walt Disney World Golf Classic when the PGA Tour used to visit late in the year.
The staff there couldn’t be nicer. They greet you at bag drop with a smile and welcoming you to “The Happiest Place on Turf” and the pro shop staff to the on course team they are amazing.
The practice area does have a portion of the range with a pond so you are using the floating golf balls so you do not get a true judge of distance but they have created an island green on the range so it is kind of fun to hit balls across the water. The putting green is located behind the first tee and has some really severe undulations on it that can make for a great putting contest before your round.
The course opens with a straight away par 5 that sits in the shadows of Disney Springs. As you tee off you have a great view of the shops and dining locations that you can go an enjoy after your round. The hole is reachable in two by the longer hitters but be careful, there is water lurking left of the green that will catch a wayward golf ball.
The second hole is the first of a great set of par 3’s on the golf course. The hole plays about 160 yards from the middle tees to an elevated green that if you miss you are staring a bogey in the face.
The sixth hole is a short but precision golf hole requiring players to position their tee shots in the left center of the fairway to give themselves the best approach into a severely sloped green guarded by water. If you are above the hole here you can easily three putt. Don’t let the handicap on the card fool you, the hole is much harder than the 13th most difficult hole on the golf course.
The seventh hole is an island green par 3 that isn’t the longest of holes but it does play much more intimidating with the water and bunkers around the green. A three here is a great score.
The back nine opens with a straight forward par 4 with water down the entire right hand side of the hole. The 11th hole is a great par 4 where you need to position your ball in the fairway, easier said that done, and your second shot plays longer and back up hill to a guarded green.
Twelve is a long par 3 to a guarded green that we have seen way more 4’s on than 2’s.
Fourteen is a great risk reward par 5 that an aggressive drive will put you in position to attack the well guarded green. If you miss the green in one of the greenside bunkers up and down is not a given and will require a great played golf shot.
Sixteen may be our favorite par 3 at any of the Disney Golf Courses. This 170 yard par 3 over water has the occasional spectator as there are boats passing by that take guests from one of their resorts to Disney Springs. The green is a small target that is guarded by some deep bunkers and you need to hit a well struck shot in order to hit the green.
Eighteen is, like every other Disney Course, a great finishing hole. This dogleg right par 4 has trees down the right hand side of the hole and there are bunkers down the left side of the hole. Sacrificing some distance by hitting a 3 wood to make sure you hit the fairway is a great option to make sure you have an approach shot into this deep green. It is a great ending to a great round of golf.
Dads Say So, while Lake Buena Vista doesn’t have the accolades that it’s two sister courses have, The Palm and Magnolia, Lake Buena Vista will be a fun round of golf that you will not soon forget and will test all of the clubs in your bag. If you are visiting the area on vacation or live in town and are looking for a fun round of golf make sure you book your round at Lake Buena Vista. To find out current rates or to book your round go to golfwdw.com or call them at 407-939-4653.