As you turn off of South Apopka Vineland Road and onto Bay Hill Boulevard you pass beneath two interlocking grandfather oak trees and by numerous residential estates before arriving at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge. Who would have thought that this vacation destination could be found in the heart of one of Orlando’s oldest and well established communities?
I’ve played my fair share of Central Florida golf courses but none as beautiful, challenging and meticulously maintained as Bay Hill.
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I’ll preface this by stating that there are four ways to play Bay Hill. Become a member, become a professional tournament player, become a friend of a member or if you are an amateur like myself, book a room at the lodge.
Our arrival time put us at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge a little before sunset.
Here’s a look around the Latrobe Suite which we called home for two glorious nights. Latrobe…Mr. Palmer’s “other” golf and country club.
The suite has separate sleeping and living room quarters with a king bed and a queen sleeper sofa.
Sunset from our balcony.
Bay Hill is located on the perimeter of what we call “Restaurant Row” here in Orlando. There are so many fabulous dining options to choose from. It was hard to narrow it down. My husband is pretty picky and was craving a cheeseburger. We ended up at The Whisky for cocktails and dinner that night.
Day two was the day my husband and I were to get out and test the speed of the greens. We had a 9 a.m. tee time and the weather was just about perfect…low 70’s. Fall is a fabulous time to be in Central Florida.
How gorgeous is this course?
The greens were beautiful, the staff attentive and we never felt rushed.
We followed up our 18 holes with lunch in the clubhouse.
Get the house made chips with warm blue cheese dip, because…cheese. Hubby opted to continue on with the cheese theme and ordered a cheese steak sandwich and I went with chicken salad on a croissant.
Everything in Bay Hill is cash free and an auto gratuity is added on to all food and beverages.
After we finished up lunch we headed over to the spa.
He spent an hour in the pool and I spent an hour relaxing and receiving a facial. Ask for Christa.
I ended up joining my husband after my spa treatment and tried to soak up as much of the magnificent fall weather as I could before we readied ourselves for dinner.
There are many resorts with golf courses in the Orlando area to stay and play at, but Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge sets itself apart as a “destination golf resort”. You won’t have to contend with massive throngs of tourists coming and going when vacationing here.
My husband and I felt like part of the club throughout our entire stay and would be delighted to return again.
Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge is located at 9000 Bay Hill Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819. To book your stay visit BayHill.com or call 407-876-2429.
I was a guest of Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated to write this article and all opinions are my own.