Despite a new stay-at-home order for Orange and Osceola counties being issued this week, requiring non-essential businesses to close and citizens to stay home due to the virus crisis, one Disney attraction remains open — Walt Disney World Golf courses.
The stay-at-home order for Orange County, Fla. began at 11 p.m. last night, but it classifies golf as an essential exercise activity and golf courses as essential businesses. Therefore, Walt Disney World Golf, run by Arnold Palmer Golf Management, is keeping its courses and FootGolf open for guests. You can read the full stay-at-home order here.
“The game of golf serves as an excellent way to exercise while promoting social distancing, and we are striving to continue providing this opportunity without interruption for the foreseeable future! Golf and FootGolf operations remain available on our regular schedule,” shared Disney Golf in an update. “We continue to closely monitor recommendations by health officials and have implemented significant measures to help ensure the well-being of all who visit and work at Walt Disney World Golf.”
However, due to the closure of Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, there is restricted access for Disney’s Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. If a guest plans to visit this course, they must have a confirmed tee time reservation before entering the property. Because of this restricted access, Player’s Club members are invited to contact the reservations team within an hour of an available tee time and book in advance at the walk-up rate. This will ensure their name is added to the tee sheet, granting them access to the property.
Those who want to take advantage of Disney’s driving range facilities, or purchase items from the golf professional shop are now being directed to Disney’s Palm, Magnolia and Oak Trail Golf facility instead.
Keep in mind that while regular golf and footgolf might be open and operational, Walt Disney World’s two mini-golf courses, Winter Summerland and Fantasia Gardens, are closed.
To learn more, and to keep up with any operational changes, visit GolfWDW.com.
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Check out our video of FootGolf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course: