Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course will close this summer for a reimagining focused on holes 14 through 17.
Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course opened the same day as Magic Kingdom — October 1, 1971 — along with Disney’s Palm Golf Course. Magnolia was most recently renovated in 2015.
Disney provided concept art of some of the planned updates, which are not finalized and subject to change.
Arnold Palmer Golf Management will be improving the entire course. The redesign will be led by Ken Baker. The following major updates are planned for holes 14 – 17:
- Hole 14 – Currently a par 5, will become a par 4, with a new green location
- Hole 15 – Currently a par 3, will shift location and become a long par 5, dogleg to the right
- Hole 16 – Will shift location and remain a par 4, but will now become a dogleg to the left
- Hole 17 – Currently a par 4, will become a par 3, with new tee box locations
A new wooden bridge will connect holes 16 and 17 through the forest. There will also be several new fairway and greenside bunkers and a selection of teeing grounds to test each level of a player. The overall par 72 of the course will remain.
Disney invited PGA Tour stars Sergio Garcia and Gary Woodland to the course for a sneak peek of the redesign.
“It will be amazing. The 15th (becoming) a big par 5; 16 is a long par 4 and they’ve brought in water perfectly,” said Woodland. “You’re going to have four closing holes down the stretch that will test every aspect of your game. It’ll be a great finish here at Magnolia.”
Added Garcia: “It’s a fun course to play. When (golfers) finish their rounds, they can’t wait to come back and I think that’s something the Magnolia course will have.”
Watch a video of Woodland and Garcia on the greens below.
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