This is the course that is closest to Arnold Palmer’s heart. The Championship Course at the Bay Hill Golf Club was a course he played first in the mid 60’s that he subsequently bought some ten years later. Whatever it was that he saw in the course at that first round, it must have been good enough to make him want to own it. Today, this course bears the signature of the legend himself both as the designer and the owner. With this golf course’s too personal a relationship with Palmer, golfers and visitors will have a peek and feel of how the legendary golfer wants his golf vacation destinations.
The Championship Course was an original Dick Wilson design that sits on a 270-acre property on the edge of the Butler chain of lakes. Its terrain is caught between hilly and flat – something that is mostly unheard of in Central Florida. The course is famous for being an honest-to-goodness, straightforward course – nothing is hidden and everything is in plain sight. That does not equate to being easy though. Series of water, sand and other hazards all make for an exciting round at this golf vacation favorite.
Apart from serving golf trips, the Championship Course is also the home of the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Not that it comes as surprising. Whatever it was that Palmer saw in there the first time, he certainly has done something to channel that first love appeal of the course to countless golfers who come to visit. The course measures over 7000 yards from the tips, par 72, with multiple sets of tees.