While on one of my recent trips to Walt Disney World, I had the privilege of visiting Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course and speak with Michael Schlager, Arnold Palmer Golf Management’s PGA Director of Instruction, as well as some other wonderful folks passionate about Disney and golf.
Before touring the course, I spoke with Michael about something he was really excited about: youth camps. Did you know you can come to Disney on summer vacation and send your future Tiger Woods to camp? Camps are a week long (ages 8-13) and campers not only learn the techniques of the game, but are also taught about teamwork and having good sportsmanship. There are contests during the week, and prizes like medals, trading pins, and the like can be won. To end the week, there is even a fun tournament.
Since it is Disney, fun surprises like watching a Disney movie during lunch are also common at camp. (Lunch, drinks, and clubs are included in the price of the camp). At the end of the five days, each child is given a training program, and a way to get in touch with Michael if they have questions or just need a little encouragement. I absolutely love that fact that just because the camp ends, it doesn’t mean the support goes away. Michael was so genuine and excited to talk about his camps, and seemed proud of the fact that there were a lot of repeat campers.
One day camps are also offered year round for kids ages 8-17 that are visiting Disney at other times of the year. As I closed my time with Michael, he mentioned wanting to start a competitive camp for the summer of 2014.
After our chat, I hopped on a golf cart with Kristina Cullison (Director of Sales and Events) to take a tour of the beautiful course. I learned that the Disney courses are management by Arnold Palmer Golf management, and that the Palm course recently received an Arnold Palmer redesign.
The first thing I noticed was the amazing cart we were riding in. It had a color GPS screen in the front giving you information about each hole.
There are even signs at the beginning of each one with a “memorable moment” for that hole. I loved reading all the history!
The highlight of the course was seeing the Mickey bunker! I loved how there were subtle Disney touches everywhere on property, including the golf course.
The course was in great shape, had gorgeous views, and a peaceful atmosphere.
We also drove our cart by Disney’s Oak Trail, which is a 9-hole walking course. So many options for Disney golf!
We headed back to the Pro Shop, where I learned even more about the course, and was given great information for folks wanting to come play the course. A great tip is that you don’t have to worry about bringing your clubs and gear with you on vacation. Save that precious suitcase space for souvenirs! TaylorMade Rocketballz clubs and Adidas shoes are on hand for you to rent at all Disney golf courses.
You also don’t have to worry about renting a car, as there is complimentary transportation to and from your Disney resort, just ask about it when you call to set up your tee time. (Note: These courses are also open to the public).
I have yet to play on a Disney course, and the whole time I was touring I kept thinking “I have got to get my husband and dad out here!” I know they would have a blast, it is Disney after all.
To learn more, visit Disney’s Golf website, or call (407) WDW-Golf (939-4653).
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