Inside the courses: Disney's Magnolia and Palm

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A secnic view of the 10th hole on the Palm Golf Course at Walt Disney World Golf Resort.
October 17, 2011
PGA TOUR staff
Fast facts: Magnolia Course
Original architect Joe Lee (1971)
Course superintendent Scott Welder
Number of PGA TOUR events as host venue 33 (including 2011)
Par value 72
Yardage history 7,516 yards (2005-present)
  7,200 (2002-2004)
  7,201 (2001)
  7,243 (2000)
  7,190 (1979-1999)
Grass Bermudagrass (tees, fairways, greens, rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 107
Water hazards 15
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Payne Stewart
Year
1990
Round
3rd
Finish
T21
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Davis Love III 15 2010
Vaughn Taylor 3 2004
Duffy Waldorf 6 2003
Paul Claxton 3 2002
Rich Beem 3 2002
Davis Love III 12 2002
Danny Ellis 15 2001
Glen Hnatiuk 15 2000
Mark Brooks 6 1999
Sean Murphy 12 1999
Jimmy Green 3 1997
Nolan Henke 15 1996
John Adams 3 1994
Buddy Gardner 6 1994
Jay Overton 6 1992
Jim McGovern 3 1992
Lyn Lott 3 1983
Fast facts: Palm Course
Original architect Joe Lee (1971)
Course superintendent Scott Welder
Number of PGA TOUR events as host venue 33 (including 2011)
Par value 72
Yardage history 7,010 yards (2007-present)
  7,015 (2004-2006)
  6,957 (2002-2003)
  7,193 (2000-2001)
  6,967 (1998-1999)
  6,957 (1996-1997)
  6,941 (1972-1995)
Grass Bermudagrass (tees, fairways, greens, rough)
Tournament Stimpmeter 11 ft
Sand bunkers 95
Water hazards 10
Course tour Click here
Course record
Player
Justin Rose
Year
2006
Round
1st
Finish
4th
Holes-in-one
Player Hole Year
Tim Petrovic No. 12 2010
Brenden Pappas No. 8 2010
Tim Clark No. 3 2004
Larry Rinker No. 12 1999
Course origins
Scott Welder is the first, and only, golf course superintendent at Walt Disney World Golf Resort, having begun his career at the course in 1971 when the facility was built.
The first and second rounds will be played on both the Palm and Magnolia courses. The third and fourth rounds will be played solely on the Magnolia course. Named after the more than 1,500 magnolia trees that surround it, the Magnolia course was designed for big hitters and has all the earmarks of a golfer's paradise. Elevated tees and greens, rolling terrain and water on 10 of the 18 holes. The par-3 sixth hole pays tribute to Mickey Mouse with a bunker shaped to form his silhouette.
The Walt Disney Golf Resort complex was named by GOLF Magazine to its 1998 list of "Silver Medal Resorts." This course has elevated tees and greens, and was built on rolling terrain. The Palm Course was ranked 61st by Golf Digest on its 1992 list of "Top 75 Resort Courses" in the U.S. Locals consider it to be the toughest of Joe Lee's Disney course. -- Source: Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
Tournament course history
Course Location Years
Walt Disney World Resort (Magnolia) Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 1971-present
Walt Disney World Resort (Palm) Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 1972-present
Walt Disney World Resort (Lake Buena Vista) Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 1985-1993, 1995-1997
Walt Disney World Resort (Eagle Pines) Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 1994
This week's Kodak Challenge hole
HOLE: The par-4, 485-yard 17th at Magnolia Golf Club
LAST YEAR: The 17th played to a stroke average of 4.167, with players recording 0 eagles, 42 birdies, 157 pars, 65 bogeys and 11 double bogeys.
DESCRIPTION: "The most dangerous hole on the course: Tee shot over water, then a long mid-iron to a well-protected narrow green. Give me a 4 here and I'll run to 18!" -- Lanny Wadkins (Click here for Magnolia tour)

The PGA TOUR will play the Children's Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., at Walt Disney World Golf Resort. Learn more about the courses:

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