Bay Hill Club & Lodge - Championship Course

3.7232764706 3.7 stars from 5 (36)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7381 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 75.2
  • Layout

  • 9000 Bay Hill Blvd, Orlando, Florida 32819, Orange County
  • (888) 422-9445, (407) 876-2429
  • (407) 876-1035
  • www.bayhill.com
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Year built: 1961
Architect(s): Dick Wilson (1961), Arnold Palmer (2009), Ed Seay (1989), MacCurrach Golf
Type: Resort/Private
Greens: Emerald Dwarf Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Simulator: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Arnold Palmer Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No denim, collared shirt and bermuda shorts required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 7381 yards 75.2 137
Blue 72 6895 yards 73.6 133
Yellow 72 6437 yards 71.3 129
Red 72 5788 yards 68.4 123
Red (W) 72 5788 yards 74.5 136
White 72 5143 yards 70.8 125

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.7 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 3.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 36 Reviews
5 stars:
10
4 stars:
23
3 stars:
1
2 stars:
1
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

35 out of 36 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near local attractions at a resort   Great for advanced golfers a bucket list/top 100 pick a weekend splurge   Challenges include water hazards bunkers plays long   Great for drinks amazing food dinner  

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"Overpriced and way too impressed with themselves"


Trumpshair's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course is okay, but the people who work there couldn't be ruder or more obnoxious. Pay that much money just to be treated so poorly is a crime.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



xkyleclark3's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/12/2019
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

It is always a treat when afforded the opportunity to play Bay Hill. The course was in great shape considering all of the rain in the area. Greens were quite fast as well. Pace of play was fantastic and can't wait to play again!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Bayhill - A bucketlist golf course experience that lived up to the hype."


u3112014's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I received this as a gift from my wife who booked a stay and play. They have great rates on the stay and play at the moment so if you've been looking to do it, now is the time.

From the moment you step onto the grounds at the Bayhill Club and Lodge you are surrounded by Arnold Palmer golfing memorabilia and nostalgic pictures. It seems silly, but to walk the halls and see all the Arnold Palmer images/trophys and gifts that line the walls is like a tour in itself.

The practice facilities were immaculate and obviously fit for a pro, so as an Amateur I really enjoyed using the same facilities.

The Course itself is incredible, if you've watched the API on TV you'll enjoy it even more.

The 6th hole offers the challenge of playing over the water and cutting the corner with your drive, such a great hole and great views. The 17th is also a really great hole, with the bunker short of the green forming a beach with the water, it's one of the signature holes on the course. The 18th green is one you've definitely seen on Golf Channel as it's had tons of incredible moments over the years.. from Tiger's putt and celebration to Rory McIlroy's in 2018 and Molinari's this year. It was awesome to be on that green and although the pin was front left when we played I would love to play again someday when the pin is tucked away like it is on Sunday at the API.

I will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Fun to play where the pros play"


TimGavrichGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2019
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Because of its longevity on the PGA Tour schedule and Tiger Woods' many wins (not to mention Arnold Palmer's influence) Bay Hill is one of America's iconic golf courses. Design-wise, it's good, not great, but the atmosphere of the place, coupled with the inherent fun in playing holes you've gotten to know from TV over the years, makes it a worthwhile experience.

I will say that the on-site Lodge, where you usually need to stay in order to play, is one of the game's coziest boutique lodgings, and the new short game facility is second to none.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great Course"


u977285425's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2019
First time playing

Reviewed on

Hard course, playable at shorter tees, lots of scenery and sand. Perfectly manicured.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


GP206474132's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2019
First time playing Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

I play here about every few months and I must say, out of all the golf courses I've been to, this is by far the best!

Clean grounds, friendly staff, and challenging holes!

You can't have a bad time here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Bayhill Golf Club"


u000005907426's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Writing to add to my review of Bayhill GC regarding playing on 3.13.19 to mention that I would not recommend Roger as a caddie as he didn't know the breaks on the greens as well as the previous caddie I had 2 years ago there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bayhill Review"


u000005907426's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2019
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

My foursome played Bayhill recently on 3.13.19 just a couple days after the tournament to play on a pro course. Unfortunately, they dialed back the greens to a 10 / 11, they used Sunday pin placements, and the rough was still tough although shorter. You need to be a 10 HC or better to have fun playing here. Although we rode, a caddie was required at the cost of $140. With greens fees of $250 and $200 for a room, this is an expensive day of golf. But if you are playing well, I highly recommend it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of Orlando's Best"


Bronco623's avatar
Golf Advisor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2019
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Growing up in Central Florida I've visited Bay Hill since I was a child, it was a real treat to get to play myself. There are a handful of courses out there that you are prepared to play before you hit your tee shot and Bay Hill is one of those courses where you know each hole with great details in advance of playing.

The service was excellent and would make Mr. Palmer proud. The charm of the members' locker room sets you up for a great experience to bookend your round.

The course was in phenomenal shape, greens were slightly slower than expected as they were a little long in anticipation of the Tour coming to town.

I left Bay Hill Club & Lodge extremely satisfied and a round I'll remember forever.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Back to Bay Hill"


MichaelLowe's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Had another chance to play Bay Hill last weekend with a recently joined member. The course was in good shape for the heat of the summer and the course is under-going significant upgrades including a major irrigation project along with a brand new range and short game facility as a main centerpiece around the lodge.

The layout is very familiar from previous play and from watching it on TV for so many years. The conditions were good and the greens were a bit slow, but likely a necessity given the weather.

Still a wonderful round and the presence of Mr Palmer is very much alive especially with the 15’ bronze statue on #1 tee.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable round at Arnie's place"


TimGavrichGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The King is gone, but his legacy endures, especially at Bay Hill. The course has its own interesting history, which helps buoy a layout that is idiosyncratic in places but overall stronger than I expected. The par fives, in particular, are very strong, requiring thoughtful shot planning in order to give up birdies and better. There's more elevation change than you've noted on TV, which helps matters as well.

But Bay Hill's biggest strength is its vibe. From the perfectly understated locker room (including bar) to the Lodge rooms to the convivial arrangement of the practice facilities relative to the first and 10th tees, it's just one of those places with high intangibles, and it feels good just being there.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Bay Hill rooted in nostalgia"


BrandonWebb's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Birmingham Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

Let me begin by saying despite the tone of some of the following comments, this is not intended to be a negative review, just an honest assessment. Bay Hill is a bucket list course for the obvious reasons - Arnie, and the annual PGA Tour event held here. But after playing it for the first time, I can't help but wonder if Bay Hill wasn't firmly beneath Palmer's umbrella would it be a course with any buzz? There are a handful of good holes, but there seems to be one dog-leg left with water down the left every time you turn around. If you can be reasonably accurate off the tee, Bay Hill is pretty straightforward. The greens do not offer exaggerated slopes. Though they are grainy, they did not pose much too many opportunities for three-putt chaos. Greens were recovering from aeration, but were better than I expected and didn't detract too much from the round. The strength of Bay Hill lies in its excellent bunkering. Though most of the par 5s played maddeningly short, reaching them in two shots required extreme precision with long irons. Off just a bit and bunkers were there to swallow the shot up. I liked this and felt it protected the holes. Though I scored better on the outward nine, I felt the inward half was stronger, particularly the final three holes. I am eager to see how Bay Hill evolves or devolves now that Arnie is gone. The Lodge itself, though a bit dated on the outside has been largely renovated and I found my room to be quite comfortable and modern. The practice facility is excellent and you should take full advantage of it during your stay. Bottom line: If you are serious golfer, you must play Bay Hill. You will be overwhelmed by the experience, even if a bit underwhelmed at the course itself.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"#WLGO"


MichaelLowe's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Had a chance to play a scramble format today at Bay Hill as part of the WLGO - World's Largest Golf Outing. The course is always a treat to play and was in solid shape. Most of the areas has made a good comeback after the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Good time with great buddies, helping support Fisher House and Arnie's Army charities.

Note for those interested in playing - generally you need to stay at the Bay Hole Lodge to play the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Fantastic course and fantastic facility!"


justinfancy's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Bay Hill was certainly a bucket list course for me and it did not disappoint! Just to be able to play on a course the pros play on is a treat. We played off the yellow tees that are about 6400 yards. The pros play off 7300 yards, which is amazing when you think about it. The greens were absolutely immaculate and rolled extremely true, and the fairways were also a treat to hit off of. The four caddie that was with us was very very helpful and a pleasure to be around. I would recommend this course for the low handicap lovers of golf who want to experience a day like the pros - including the caddie who watches over your every shot and guides you through every putt on the course. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Bay Hill, however probably won't golf here again because of the price to golf and stay - it was more less a bucket list item for me.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



ctgolfer82's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2016
Previously played

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Other than snobby members this was a great experience"


BostonGolfTraveler's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/26/2016
First time playing Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

First off let me say that playing Bay Hill was a great experience, especially walking with a caddy. The course was fantastic and the staff was top notch. Sadly, there was a group of female member 3-4 groups ahead of us that fell almost four holes behind the group in front of them and when the ranger asked them to pick it up they told him to "put his big boy pants on and tell the non-members behind them to go eff themselves". But now back to reviewing the course because hopefully you won't get stuck behind a group like this if you come play Bay Hill. The two loops around water on the front and the back were amazing, number 6 is one of the best holes in golf and 17 and 18'with their water features and bunkers make for challenging holes. Other than the rediculously slow play we really enjoyed our time here and the course itself. It was a Top 10 experience for us and we will be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Great test of golf"


Anthony9184196's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Truly a great test of golf. Once you play the course, it easy to see why the PGA tour stops here year after year. Tee to green, the conditioning was absolute perfection including greens that run fast and true.

There's nothing tricked up about the course, what you see is what you get. The design will make you think. Strategic bunker placements coupled with water on many of the holes makes the course challenging.

Every staff member pleasantly greeted us as if we were long time members. If you have the chance to Bay Hill, do not pass it up. Your game and strategy will be challenged in every way.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bay Hill as solid as Arnie"


MikeBaileyGolf's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I think we get caught up in this idea than any place that hosts a tour event has to be a classic golf course or wow us in spectacular fashion. Sometimes we overthink it. Bay Hill is simply a typical Florida golf course, solid and well-designed with a number of memorable holes. Two of the par 5s -- 6 and 16 -- are outstanding, and the par 3s are above average, too. Plus, there's the added bonus there's a good chance you'll see Arnold Palmer there if you spend a couple of days at the small resort club.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great, classic Florida golf in the home of the King"


BrandonTuckerGA's avatar
Golf Advisor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

A stay-and-play at Orlando's Bay Hill is special for a variety of reasons, starting with, of course, the fact Arnold Palmer lives here and is much of a regular here as any resident member. During a stay here, you just get the sense that everyone knows they're in the house of the king, and acts and dressed accordingly. Compared to your average Orlando mega-resort, Bay Hill's class and smaller scale is all too refreshing.

The golf course, meanwhile, is a wonderful, classic design that just feels like it's a PGA Tour venue at every turn. A recent renovation raised a lot of traps, so from the tee, you can see all the trouble in front of you. To my eye, I really liked how the course set up on just about every tee box.

We were playing Bay Hill the day before the PLAYERS kicked off just up the road at Sawgrass, and while pros are lamenting poor greens, we were putting on butter smooth surfaces.

We played the middle of 5 tees (about 6400 & change), and it still felt like plenty of golf, thanks to doglegs, forced carries and each par-3 seemed pretty long as well, requiring mid-irons at the least.

Be sure to hang in the locker room a little bit after your round. It's fully-stocked to say the least, down to the full bar in there, and if you browse the names adoring lockers you'll see some rather familiar ones. Staff is on point at every turn, whether in the lodge, restaurants or golf shop. And when you know the King could walk in any second, it's a sure bet the product is going to be polished 24/7.

Once you've played a few of Orlando's resort courses than can have a bit more of a hustle 'n bustle to them, you'll adore a day Bay Hill all that much more.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A day with the King"


RexHoggardGC's avatar
Golf Channel
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

There is no let up at Bay Hill, which is why they play a PGA Tour event there every spring.
Even without the thick rough and slick greens, the home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational is plenty challenging thanks to ubiquitous hazards, but after decades of tinkering by the King himself it's an enjoyable challenge.
Make sure you have lunch in the grill room and I recommend the Bay Hill grill cheese and an Arnold Palmer, what else?


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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