Plans include Arnold Palmer golf course design enhancements
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World Resort and Arnold Palmer Golf
Management signed a twenty-year strategic alliance today to create even more magic for
Disney golfers. Arnold Palmer Golf Management will operate, manage, maintain
and help promote all five Disney courses including Disney’s Palm and Magnolia, Lake Buena
Vista, Osprey Ridge and Oak Trail golf courses.
As part of this long-term alliance agreement, golf legend Arnold Palmer and his golf course
design team will be actively engaged in implementing strategic and innovative design features
to all the courses. Anticipated future enhancements include a full renovation of Disney’s Palm
under his direction to become an Arnold Palmer designed course.
“After 40 years as a golf course architect, I’m looking forward to this opportunity to
contribute to Disney’s rich and storied golf legacy,” said Arnold Palmer. “I’ve enjoyed a lifetime
of memories playing golf and it will be a great reward to pass that on to those who share a
passion both for Disney and the game of golf.”
With an extensive following of serious golf enthusiasts, Arnold Palmer Golf Management
is known for its excellent course conditions, pace of play, service standards and player
development. In addition to course operation, the company also manages “Palmer Advantage”,
a reciprocal club and concierge service program, that provides members with unique travel
benefits and access to more than 250 private clubs, resorts and golf courses around the world.
“Drawing on Arnold Palmer Golf Management’s expertise and experience enables us to build on
our mutual strengths and extend our appeal both among leisure players and avid golfers,” said
Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises. “We’re excited about this new
collaboration, which will benefit Disney guests and Palmer Advantage club members wanting a
destination golf experience.”
The agreement gives Arnold Palmer Golf Management an opportunity to add a uniquely Disney,
family-friendly golf destination to its portfolio of more than 65 private clubs and championship
golf courses. Disney Golf will be promoted within the Palmer Advantage network of golf
devotees, through a dedicated web site and featured within the exclusive publication, “Kingdom
Magazine,” which celebrates Mr. Palmer’s contributions to the game of golf and extensive
“With a reputation for service excellence and exceptional family entertainment, Walt Disney
World is an ideal complement to our member offerings,” said Jim Hinckley, president of Arnold
Palmer Golf Management. “This collaboration will give our members both a superior golf
experience and a one-of-a-kind family golf vacation.”
Since Walt Disney World opened with two 18-hole courses in 1971, golf has been a key
component of the resort. Over the past four decades, Disney World has hosted professional and
amateur golf tournaments, including one of the longest-running events in PGA Tour history –
the PGA Tour’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic. Disney has also hosted the LPGA
Tour, NCAA golf championships and dozens of celebrity golf tournaments.
About Disney Golf
Walt Disney World Resort is one of the largest golf resorts in the country with a total of 81 holes on four
18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole family-play course. All five courses are certified by Audubon International as cooperative wildlife sanctuaries. The resort includes:
- Disney’s Magnolia course — Named for its 1500 magnolia trees, this course is one of the two
original golf courses that opened with Walt Disney World Resort forty years ago. Designed by Joe
Lee, the course has hosted final round play for PGA Tour events since 1971.
- Disney’s Palm course –Designed to accentuate the natural beauty of the land, the course
opened in 1971 near Magic Kingdom. Recognized as one of America’s premier resort courses,
it is anticipated that Disney’s Palm will be renovated to earn the designation of an Arnold Palmer
- Lake Buena Vista course – Built in 1972, the course adjacent to Downtown Disney and
Saratoga Springs Resort stretches to 6,829 yards from the championship tees. As a past host for
PGA, LPGA and USGA tour stops, the beautifully conditioned course is a challenge for pros and
- Osprey Ridge course – Designed by Tom Fazio in 1992, the course will transition to Four
Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort as part of their new luxury resort
anticipated to open in 2013-14.
- Oak Trail course – one of Disney‘s most popular courses, this nine hole walking course is ideal
for golfers of all ages and skill levels.
About Arnold Palmer Golf Management
Arnold Palmer Golf Management is owned by Dallas based Century Golf Partners, one of the leading
and most experienced companies in the golf industry. Established to acquire and manage country clubs,
resorts, and daily fee golf courses, Century has become one of the most respected companies in the
country. Century’s business approach is to be a business partner, not just an operator. They have a
successful track record of partnering with owners, members, and communities to help clubs and golf
courses succeed. Their business philosophy has served them well as the portfolio under Century’s
management has steadily increased over the past several years. Today, Century operates more
than 65 courses and clubs. Century offers its club members unique traveling and local membership
benefits called the “Palmer Advantage”, which provides access to clubs, resorts and daily fee courses
throughout the Arnold Palmer Golf Management network. For more information visit Century’s websites at www.centurygolf.com or www.palmergolf.com.