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|The Old Key West Resort Villas wind through the Lake Buena Vista golf course at Disney. (Brandon Tucker/TravelGolf)|
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Walt Disney World has just about as many accommodation possibilities as it has furry little characters running around its many attractions.
For golfers, staying at a Disney resort property comes with many benefits. Guests receive free transportation to and from whatever golf course they play and receive discounted green fees. You can book your tee times up to 90 days in advance (visitors may only book within 30 days). You're also never more than a few minutes from a golf course, which means no long commute and waiting in Orlando-area traffic.
Though just minutes from the parks, Osprey Ridge is secluded from all the action, with only wildlife as your gallery. Lake Buena Vista on the other hand is set right in the heart of all the action, just around the corner from the Disney Institute and Downtown Disney.
The Polynesian Resort: One of Disney's Deluxe Resort properties, the Polynesian Resort is a Pacific-themed village that features tiki torch-lined walkways and lush tropical vegetation. It's also complete with a white sand beach, where you can lounge in the sun or strike up a volleyball match. Dining options are highlighted by the all-you-care-to-eat Spirit of Aloha open-air dinner theater.
The Polynesian also boasts a fantastic location for both golfers (located across the street from the Palm and Magnolia) and families, as it's on the monorail line, which offers access to the Magic Kingdom and Epcot in minutes.
Grand Floridian Resort & Spa: Spa buffs will want to stay just down the monorail line at the elegant Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, which is set in a classic Victorian theme paying homage to Palm Beach's golden era. Like the Polynesian Resort next door, it's also within the Magic Kindgom and on the monorail line.
Disneys' Luxury Resort Villas are another way to go at Disney. Rather than a single bedroom, they are spacious, condo-style accommodations in studio, one and two bedroom units that can accommodate up to eight guests, making it ideal for golf groups or families.
The Boardwalk Villas - The Boardwalk Villa Resort is awash in nostalgia and old-fashioned charm. Ragtime and carnival sights light up the waterfront entertainment district. Villas are airy and spacious, and many feature balconies or patios. One and two bedroom villas feature whirlpool tubs as well. There are numerous dining options, from the ESPN Club and Big River Grille & Brewing Works, to signature dining at the Flying Fish Café.
The Boardwalk also features an on-site health club with exercise equipment and massage treatments.
Yacht & Beach Club - Disney's Yacht & Beach Club is one half resort (Yacht Club) and one half villa resort (Beach Club). The resort sits across the water from the Boardwalk and is within walking distance to Epcot. The Yacht Club is themed in a late-19th century Nantucket Club, while the next door Beach Club is inspired by colorful mid-Atlantic décor. Both the Yacht & Beach Club are rife with water fun, including watercraft rentals and three acres of water slides, currents and sand-bottomed areas at Stormalong Bay. The Shipshape Health Club features exercise machines and a spa.
Old Key West Resort Villas: Victorian themes and a laid-back Florida Keys atmosphere welcome guests at the Old Key West Resort Villas, which wind through the Lake Buena Vista Golf Course. Each room is appropriately pastoral and tropically themed and one and two bedroom villas feature full kitchens with everything you need to cook a feast of your own among your group. The resort feels more like a small community, with numerous pools, restaurants and bars dotted amongst its confines.
January 31, 2008
Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Channel Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker.
Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.
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