Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Golf Club and Lounge Review

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Now that my youngest son is finally five years old, I decided that it would be a good time for us to visit two of the places on my bucket list from the U.S. The first one is Universal Studios and the second one Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lounge. This ended up being a great option. It allowed us to get away from the craziness of the area while still being in the middle of it all.


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My family and I went back to Orlando, Florida once more! This time we wanted to visit Universal Studios. Because this park looks to me like a place that is better for kids five years old and up, I decided to wait until my youngest was that age. That way he would be able to enjoy more than 75% of the rides.

At first, I thought I would stay at their resort, but then I started thinking that we don’t get tons of chances to explore the area. So I decided to make this trip a full destination trip instead of focusing only on Universal.

I have had my eye on the Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge for years. I first found it a couple of years ago while planning one of our first visits to Orlando. But I had a small son and a baby so I decided to put it off until they were a bit older.


Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Golf Club & Lodge Family Oriented and a Great Location

Bay Hill is one of the oldest golf resorts in the area. The one who came up with the idea of building the resort here was golf great Arnold Palmer. This happened around the same time Walt Disney decided to build his theme park here.

They were both visionaries that helped make this a great area. Staying at this resort truly makes you see Arnold’s dream come true.

The best part about it is it makes you feel away from all of the madness going on at the park and attractions of Orlando. It is like an oasis in the middle of everything.

We stayed at their lodge accommodations. I loved the decoration of our room. It is warm and classy. Plus we had plenty of space for my boys to play around without destroying everything. It also came with two large beds where all four of us were able to sleep comfortably. We also had a balcony with great views of the golf course.

They also offer suites and guest houses that suit families perfectly.

We were in Orlando to visit the Universal parks and didn’t have much time to enjoy the amenities at the resort. But I loved the fact that they also offer kid friendly golf and tennis lessons.

This is a great escape during your escape.

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Who is Arnold Palmer?

– His full name is Arnold Daniel Palmer and he 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.”
– His humble background helped change the perception of golf as an elite, upper-class pastime.
– He was one of “The Big Three” in golf during the 1960s.
– He won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998.

History of Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge

– The large piece of land where the hotel is now, would not grow citrus due to the lack of nutrients, one of the main industries of the area in the early 1900s.
– 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.
– It was not until 1959 that two key men became involved, one with the life-long dream of creating a championship golf course.
– 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 in the area.
– 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 purchases over 27,000 acres of land nearby, where Walt Disney World Resort would soon be built.
– In this same year, Arnold Palmer played in (and won) a charity exhibition tournament at Bay Hill and fell in love with the property.
– In 1970, Arnold Palmer 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.

Info for Staying at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando, Florida

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Address: 9000 Bay Hill Boulevard, Orlando, Florida
Phone: 407-876-2429

Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge is open only to Club members and guests staying in the Lodge. It is also the winter home of golf legend, Arnold Palmer.

– Tennis courts
– Spa and Salon
– Fitness center
– Marina
– Golf course
– Golf Academy
– Accommodations

Lodge Rooms
– Suites
– Guest Cottages

– The bay window room – Casual menu with salads and sandwiches
– Terrace cafe – Indoor and Outdoor areas available
– Members Lounge – Bar

Golf Academy – In it you learn to master the 4 basic steps according to Palmer:
– Grip
– Address or accurate shots
– One-piece Takeaway
– Steady Head and Acceleration

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About The Author

Marina Kuperman Villatoro
is CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. She’s been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. We travel all over the world. Needless to say, it’s never boring! So find out where you can eat, stay and play with your kids all around the world.

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