Inside the course: Bay Hill Club and Lodge

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Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club and Lodge is a popular stop on TOUR.
March 19, 2012
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts
Course Superintendent Matt Beaver
Original architect Dick Wilson, Joe Lee (1961)
Redesign Arnold Palmer (2009)
Par value 72
Number of TOUR events as host venue 34 (including 2012)
Course ranking Ranked 8 (out of 51) in difficulty on the PGA TOUR in 2011
Yardage history 7,381 (2011-present)
  7,400 (2010)
  7,239 (2009)
  7,157 (2008)
  7,137 (2007)
  7,267 (2005-2006)
  7,239 (2002-2004)
  7,208 (2000-2001)
  7,207 (1997-1999)
  7,196 (1996)
  7,114 (1990-1995)
  7,103 (1979-1989)
Grass Bermudagrass overseeded with perennial ryegrass (Tees, fairways, rough); Bermudagrass overseeded with Poa trivialis (Greens)
Tournament Stimpmeter 12 ft
Sand bunkers 80
Water hazards 7
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Course record
Player
Andy Bean
Greg Norman
Year
1981
1984
Round
2nd
2nd
Finish
Won
T6
Holes-in-one
There have been 13 aces recorded at Bay Hill Club and Lodge
Player Hole Year
Vaughn Taylor 7 2009
Webb Simpson 17 2009
Pat Perez 2 2008
Marc Turnesa 7 2008
Dean Wilson 2 2007
Andrew Magee 2 2005
Steve Lowery 17 2000
Kenny Perry 14 1991
Fulton Allem 2 1990
Mark Lye 14 1990
Don Pooley 17 1987
Hal Sutton 17 1985
Hale Irwin 17 1983
2011 Rankings
Easiest Hole
The par-5 511-yard 16th The 16th hole is the beginning of a three-hole stretch to the clubhouse that is among the best in golf. This hole was shortened to a par 4 for the 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
2011: 19 eagles, 196 birdies, 146 pars, 21 bogeys, 2 double bogeys, 0 others.
Most difficult hole
The par-4 458-yard 18th The finishing hole looks simple on paper. At 458 yards, the par-4 18th hole is straight away to a wide fairway, but that's where simple ends. The large, kidney shaped green is fronted by rocks and water, requiring a longer carry to the right half. The bunkers left of the green await errant shorts of the hydrophobic. This hole is the 9th hole in the Kodak Challenge competition which celebrates the most beautiful and memorable holes in golf.
2011: 0 eagles, 33 birdies, 245 pars, 79 bogeys, 20 double bogeys and 7 others.
Bay Hill Club and Lodge2011 rankings Last 28 years
Hole Par Yards Avg. Score Rank Avg. Score Rank
1 4 461 4.229 4 4.203 2
2 3 231 3.198 7 3.190 4
3 4 434 4.094 11 4.113 8
4 5 561 4.815 17 4.734 17
5 4 390 3.977 13 3.979 13
6 5 555 4.883 15 4.874 15
7 3 199 3.12 10 3.053 11
8 4 460 4.227 5 4.178 5
9 4 474 4.141 9 4.177 6
10 4 400 3.924 14 4.026 12
11 4 438 4.154 8 4.113 9
12 5 574 4.872 16 4.838 16
13 4 370 4.083 12 3.932 14
14 3 215 3.271 3 3.152 7
15 4 467 4.276 2 4.082 10
16 5 511 4.456 18 4.577 18
17 3 221 3.203 6 3.199 3
18 4 458 4.281 1 4.295 1
Course origins
The Bay Hill Club has hosted 27 annual PGA TOUR events. The club also hosted the 1991 U.S. Junior Amateur. Bay Hill, owned by Arnold Palmer, is among the five most enjoyed stops on the PGA TOUR and is rated in the top 100 courses in America. The course has everything Palmer admires in a golf course; wide open fairways that provide plenty of room to swing the driver, risk/reward options that will tempt the go-for-broke player and multiple rows of bunkers protecting spacious and well-defined greens. The breathtaking course sweeps across 270 acres along the shores of the Butler Chain of Lakes.

Bay Hill underwent a four-month renovation after the 2009 event that repositioned every bunker, moving fairway bunkers farther from tees, greenside bunkers closer to collars and making the half-blind bunkers clearly visible with sand faces pulled to the tops of mounds like cresting waves. Greens were regrassed with Emerald Dwarf bermudagrass, their corners squared off and edges flattened, creating more than 40 new pin positions. New tees stretch the course to 7,381 yards with a par of 72, as holes No. 4 and 16 are now par 5s. --Source: Golf Course Superintendents Assocation of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Bay Hill Club and Lodge Orlando, Fla. 1979-present
Rio Pinar Country Club Orlando, Fla. 1966-1978

The TOUR hits its next Florida stop this week for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Fla. Learn more about this venue.

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