We are back in Orlando! This time to Universal. I waited for us to head to Universal until my youngest was five years old, since, unlike Disney, this park seems to be more for kids five and up. At least most of the rides, over 75%, can be enjoyed by this age group.
I debated to stay at the resort at first. However, since we don’t visit Orlando too much, I wanted it to be a full destination trip, not only Universal.
I’ve been eyeing out Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge for years. I first stumbled upon it a couple of years ago when I decided Universal was the place to visit. But with my baby being only three years old, I’ve put it off. But make no mistake, my vision for us staying here never faltered.
Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge Family Oriented and a Great Location
Bay Hill Golf Resort is one of the oldest golf resorts in the area. Arnold Palmer, one of golf’s absolute greats, had a vision for Orlando around the same time Disney decided to build his theme park here.
You can say both are visionaries, and staying at this resort truly makes you see his dream come true.
And the best part, even though you feel completely removed from the theme parks and attractions that now flood Orlando, you are in an oasis and it’s only ten minutes away from it all.
A great escape during your escape.
Who is Arnold Palmer?
- Arnold Daniel Palmer was born September 10, 1929.
- He is a retired American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in professional golf history.
- He won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, dating back to 1955.
- His nickname is “The King”.
- Palmer was the first superstar of the sport’s television age, which began in the 1950s.
- His humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime.
- He was one of “The Big Three” in golf during the 1960s, along with Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
- Palmer won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.
- In 1974 was one of the 13 original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
History of Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
- The large tract of land where the hotel is now, is located in Central Florida but it would not grow citrus due to the lack of nutrients.
- It was part of the vast holdings of Dr. P. Phillips, a Tennessee physician who settled in Central Florida in 1897 and moved to Orlando in 1905.
- He was the producer of the first acceptable canned orange juice.
- In 1954, Dr. Phillips sold his holdings to Granada Groves, a subsidiary of the Minute Maid Corporation, and retained only the raw land.
- It was not until 1959 that two key men became involved, one with the life-long dream of creating a championship golf course. Tom Barnes, a native of Minnesota and Tom Dore, a Michigan businessman.
- In 1960, another group of businessmen from Nashville, TN gathered the resources to make Bay Hill a reality.
- The 60’s was a decade of slow development and calculated growth,
- The 18-hole golf course opened in 1961.
- Bay Hill was the first golf course planted with Tifway (Tifton 419) Bermuda grass.
- In 1965, Walt Disney announced the purchase of over 27,000 acres of land nearby, where the Walt Disney World Resort would soon emerge.
- In this same year, Arnold Palmer played in (and won) a charity exhibition tournament at Bay Hill, sponsored by the Orlando Chamber of Commerce. He fell in love with the property.
- In 1970, Arnold Palmer, already the most celebrated statesman of the game of golf, known around the world for his accomplishments, took a five-year lease with an option to buy Bay Hill.
- Since taking ownership in 1975, Palmer has polished the original visions of Bay Hill.
- In 1979, Arnold Palmer successfully negotiated Bay Hill as the venue to host a major event on the PGA TOUR.
- Palmer decided in Summer, 2009 to renovate the famous course with the Arnold Palmer Design Company and was hands-on throughout the entire process.
Info for Staying at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida
Address: 9000 Bay Hill Boulevard, Orlando, Florida
Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is open only to Club members and guests staying in the 70-room Lodge.
This is the winter home of golf legend, Arnold Palmer.
- Tennis courts
- Spa and Salon
- Fitness center
- Golf course
- Golf Academy
- Lodge rooms
- Guest Cottages
- The bay window room – Casual menu with salads and sandwiches – Daily from 2pm to 10pm
- Terrace cafe – Indoor and Outdoor areas available
- Members Lounge – Bar – Daily from 5pm to 10pm
In it you learn to master the 4 basic steps according to Palmer:
- Address or accurate shots
- One-piece Takeaway
- Steady Head and Acceleration