Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge
What We Love
- Eighteen holes of championship golf that challenge the likes of Tiger Woods and Ernie Els
- The possibility of rubbing elbows with such club members as Bubba Watson
- Excellent spa services: Therapists are trained to treat professional athletes
- Longtime staff members who treat guests like family
What To Know
- The property is designed for guests who want to eat, sleep and breathe golf
- The decor has a decidedly masculine feel, down to the bar in the men’s locker room
- The lodge is surrounded by a residential neighborhood occupied by club members
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This may be Florida, but the scene is more pines than palms. The property’s 70 guestrooms were renovated in 2006, and they line the “King’s Castle,” a two-story lodge camouflaged in stone and wood shingles. Inside, it’s all wood, leather and a rugged but tasteful palette of browns and greens. Historic photos of professional golfers grace the walls, and TVs in the lounge and restaurant are perma-tuned to sports. Hot coffee is available in a public area for guests with early tee times.
Bed and Bath
The rooms follow the man cave motif, with plush olive-hued duvets and more golf artwork. Hotel-branded bath products complement Kohler fixtures, double sinks, bath-shower combos and robes. Ask for an even-numbered room to look out over the manicured greens through a generous picture window. (There’s also a small lanai — just watch out for the occasional golf ball.)
While the lodge is home to 27 holes of golf, the 18-hole championship course gets all the attention, having hosted the Arnold Palmer Invitational since 1966. Lovers of the sport will also appreciate the on-site golf academy, the pro shop and the sparkling fleet of golf carts, which are completely changed out every year. Rounding out the amenities are a heated pool, a pool café, six tennis courts, a fitness center, a marina, a lounge and the Bay Window sports bar, which features a firepit.
In the Area
Located just a few minutes from Orlando’s restaurant row, the lodge is perfectly positioned for eating and drinking; upscale chains such as Rocco’s Tacos and Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion draw diners in droves. Request a terrace table at Seasons 52 to catch the theme park fireworks across the lake, and then give a toast with a Moscow Mule at Pharmacy, a modern speakeasy. The Mall at Millennia is where pro golfers and basketball players send their personal shoppers; bargain hunters favor the Premium Outlets. And, of course, you can’t come to Orlando without visiting the parks, from Universal to Disney.
How to Get There
The rooms and lodge are well used and old, they could use an update. The airconditioning in the room was very loud. We had a room overlooking the 9th hole and the view was beautiful. The restaurant had a nice selection. The pool area was nice to use after our round of golf.
Stayed here as part of a stay and play deal. Did not disappoint! Beautiful well maintained golf course...only complaint we were not expecting to have to have a caddy...$40 each.
Lovely room overlooking 9th green.
Ate lunch and dinner there ..
very good food but a little pricey.
Very welcoming and great service.
All in all a memorable visit!
This is our 4th visit and you cannot fault the staff or service.
We love the course it is stunning and a brilliant legacy for the phenomenal Mr Palmer who I had the pleasure to meet prior to his death.
It is not a modern hotel but has a wonderful charm to it, it is clean and comfortable and the service makes up for everything else.
The golf is still brilliant managed by Brian don’t - who over our numerous visits has never failed to step in and assist when needed.
Looking forward to our next visit
We visited for a guys golf trip three years ago and fell in love with Bay Hill. It is turned into an annual trip. We are always welcomed by name I’m treated as if we were members of the club. First class accommodations and five star staff make this the only place to stay in Orlando.
I was invited by my 2 friends Laura and Stephen McCabe to spend 3 nights at Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Lodge. It did not dissapoint. The whole place is spotless, the staff are fantastic and so helpful and very courteous (Even with Europe winning the Ryder Cup, lol) The golf course was everything I imagined, it was truly a great place to stay, every golfer should visit this magical place once in their lifetime.