9000 Bay Hill Blvd,
Orlando, Florida FL 32819
27 holes. Tree-lined & open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - easy to walk
Upmarket residential area.
Original design and routing by Dick Wilson (1961); modifications and updates by Arnold Palmer from 1975.
Above distances are for the Challenger-Champion combination. Also at Bay Hill is the nine-hole Charger course (par-36; 3309 yds from back tees; rating 36.0), which is often used in combination with one of the other two nines.
11 miles SW of downtown Orlando
SW of Orlando leave I-4 and follow A74 West, onto Sand Lake Rd. After 2 mi at end of Sandy Lake road turn right into Apopka Vineland Rd, heading north. After 1 mi turn left into Bay Hill Rd. After 1 mi turn right and golf is on your right after 100 yards.
The Bay Hill Club & Lodge was the late Arnold Palmer's Florida headquarters. As you'd expect, the course he designed here is indeed fit for a king. Laid out in three nine-hole loops, the Challenger and Champion nines are used annually by the US PGA Tour for the Arnold Palmer Invitational (formerly Bay Hill Invitational), with the Charger-nine also maintained and presented in the same immaculate condition as the other two nines.
Bay Hill's gently undulating terrain adds pleasant elevation changes to many holes, which is not too typical for central Florida courses. Ponds large and small (fed by the expansive and nearby Butler chain of lakes) also define several holes, and are first encountered at the par-4 3rd and spectacular long par-5 6th. These two holes are wrapped around opposite sides of the same large round pond. The extravagantly curving 6th doglegs right to left around the pond from tee-to-green, the picturesque expanse of water an ever-present threat.
Most of the Bay Hill layout maintains quite an open feel, with trees liberally dotted around the course, but never too densely. The good size homes that flank parts of the perimeter are always set far enough back not to be intrusive.
Pick of the holes: The U-shaped par-5 6th is for many people the layout's most memorable hole. But frequently leaving an "indelible" imprint on scorecards, is the final trio of holes at Bay Hill ... as formidable a closing stretch as you'll encounter anywhere. Ponds are a significant threat at the risk-reward par-5 16th, par-3 17th and superb par-4 18th. Water has to be crossed in front of the greens on each of these wonderfully challenging and excellently crafted holes.
Stay&Play at Bay Hill: onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Resort guests staying at Bay Hill Lodge can book to play on weekdays and weekends.
No outside visitor play available.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Each foursome is accompanied by a forecaddie.
Bay Hill has hosted the PGA Tour's Arnold Palmer Invitational since 1979. For more details see Top Golf Tournaments at Arnold Palmer's Bay Hill Club & Lodge.
Florida's 33rd best course (Golf Digest, 2023/24).
World's former 74th best course (GOLF magazine, 1985; not in subsequent editions of this ranking).
9000 Bay Hill Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819
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When you stay as a guest at Bay Hill, all the Club's membership perks and facilities are available to you! This 280-acre property features 70 lodge rooms, 9000 sq/ft of meeting space, a world class Spa & salon, three restaurants and three bars, golf and tennis academies, aquatic and fitness centre and a marina with great bass fishing on the Butler Chain of Lakes. And, of course, the kind of golf one would expect from golf legend Arnold Palmer.
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