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Palmer and Disney Pair Up For a Swing at Golf Magic

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

Palmer and Disney Pair Up For a Swing at Golf Magic

The golf courses here at Walt Disney World Resort have long been favorites among guests and industry experts. Now the golf experience here is about to get even better.

We announced today that we are pairing up with one of the biggest names in golf – Arnold Palmer. Arnold Palmer Golf Management is going to operate, manage, maintain and help promote Disney’s five golf courses – the Magnolia, the Palm, Oak Trail, Osprey Ridge and Lake Buena Vista starting Sept. 25.

In a nutshell, this is going to be a stroke of golf genius for anyone who comes to Disney to play golf. That’s because the Palmer name is known for innovative course designs and elements created personally by Palmer, some of which are visible amid its portfolio of renowned courses that stretches from Hawaii to Connecticut. And when you blend that with Disney Park’s already family-friendly environment and its rich golf heritage, what you’ll get is a mixture that further enhances Disney Golf’s stature as a unique golf destination experience that appeals to golfers of all levels.

The creative brainstorming will begin soon, but Palmer has already said he’s “looking forward to the opportunity’’ to work with Disney. And he said he plans to designate the Palm course as one of his signature courses with elements designed by him.

Just think…Arnie and Disney? That has to be a pairing that finishes at the top of the leaderboard.


  • We are Disney enthusiasts, an my 5 year old daughter is golfer. Maybe we need to play a little golf next time we are at the parks.

  • Will the service providers on the golf properties still be considered “Cast Members” to the guests, or employees of CGP/Palmer Golf? Will guests notice any differnce in terms of the “Disney Magic” they recieve on any other WDW property?

    Having managed multiple golf properties, I definately understand why Disney made this move. They picked an incredible management company to partner with and I look forward to seeing the results.
    Have a Magical Day!

  • They couldn’t have got a better partner then Arnie…I work on his private jet at Orlando International Airport, and he is the nicest person you’ll ever meet…Can’t wait to play a round after he gets his hands on the courses…

  • This should be a fantastic partnership

  • What about the DVC golf benefits.

  • Sure sounds like this will be a great alliance and bring many more guests to the Disney golf courses. Will this affect golfing privileges for premium annual passholders?

    • Yes, DVC Members and Annual Passholders will retain their golf benefits.

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