I wonder if any of the guys playing in the PGA Tour’s Disney World event this week are staying at the nearby Waldorf Astoria.
Yes, that Waldorf Astoria. Sort of.
The first extension of the hotel outside of New York City opened last month in Orlando, Florida of all places, and with it, the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, the first golf facility to carry the esteemed brand’s name.
The 18-hole, 7,108-yard course was designed by “The Open Doctor,” Rees Jones, to anchor the Waldorf Astoria Orlando and a second hotel, the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, which also opened October 1. All three are bordered by the Walt Disney World Resort.
I haven’t visited the course yet (if you have, please share your comments below) but if it’s half as good as these photos look, it could be one of the top courses to play on Orlando, Florida golf vacations.
One thing I am able to report is that the course will be open to the public, and at least for now, you don’t even need to be a resort guest to play it. Something tells me the economy modified what were likely plans to be resort private.
And the economy may have modified something else, too.
There’s an “Unlimited Golf” stay and play package (plus a $20 resort credit per person) starting at $189 per night for the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek and $259 for the Waldorf Astoria Orlando.
It seems this price has dropped. Back in August, these prices were $299 and $329, respectively, and golf was limited to two rounds. Visit waldorfastoriagolfclub.com and click on “packages,” for details.
As far as daily green fees go, a representative from Hilton (which owns the Waldorf Astoria brand) told me that they’ll likely top out at $185-$195 in peak season, but there will be discounts for booking early (20 percent for 60-90 days out; 10 percent for 30-59 days out, etc.) . Online tee-time booking is supposed to be operational this week or next.
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