A favorite recreational activity is set to undergo a significant refurbishment and is currently closed indefinitely. Will this affect your next trip to Walt Disney World?
Oftentimes when we hear refurbishment we think of this affecting our favorite attractions in the Disney Parks. Many times these refurbishments are quick and take place while the attraction remains open to guests such as with Alien Swirling Saucers at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While other refurbishments take a bit extra time such as the recent refurbishment for Expedition Everest.
Recently, we shared that Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course will be closed indefinitely.
We were a bit flustered when no date was given for the projected end of this refurbishment. Now it appears that this is not a simple refurbishment but rather an extensive redesign. According to the Walt Disney World website, “It will be undergoing an extensive redesign of holes 14 through 17 on the finishing stretch of the course.“
This is in addition to an upgrade for all 18 greens. News of this work was shared by Golf Course Industry. “These are going to be dramatic changes to the Magnolia course that will create a playing experience that will be challenging yet fun for all golfers,’’ said Faron Kelley, vice president of Disney Sports.
“These are going to be dramatic changes to the Magnolia course that will create a playing experience that will be challenging yet fun for all golfers.’’Faron Kelley
“We know our guests expect a magical experience every time they come to play golf at Walt Disney World and this redesign is part of our ongoing commitment to achieve that for every golfer who steps up to that first tee.’’
Here is how each of the finishing holes will be reimagined:
- No. 14 – Currently a par 5, will become a par 4, with a new green location
- No. 15 – Currently a par 3, will shift location and become a long par 5 with a dogleg to the right
- No. 16 – Will shift location and remain a par 4, but will now have a dogleg to the left
- No. 17 – Currently a par 4, will become a par 3, with new tee box locations
“Also, holes 16 and 17 will be connected by a newly constructed cart bridge through the forest, creating picturesque nature views for golfers traveling between those holes. And several fairway and greenside bunkers are being enhanced as well as several new tee boxes are being added to test every level of player.”
At this time the Walt Disney World website shares that Disney’s Magnolia Golf Course will open “later this year.” Golfers are encouraged to use Disney’s other courses during this time. Be sure to check out our full guide for Golfing at the Most Magical Place on Turf.
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