Waldorf Astoria Golf Club
Played this course on the 16th in the morning, and enjoyed it so much, that I played a second round in the afternoon. This course is a Must play. Perfect conditions, Staff was great from the pro shop, to the cart guys.
July 20, 2015
Hot but great experience
Excellent condition great staff difficult but enjoyable
July 15, 2015
Everything I hoped it would be!
Course is very well maintained, greens perfect, no waiting for anyone. Everything a golf course should be Waldorf is!
Staff was very good from check in to cart girl.
Will be playing it a few more times this week but couldn't wait to throw something up on.
Some challanging pin placements and although the course is flat and at first glance looks fairly easy to navigate, you have to get your yardage right and you have to dial your approach shots because the green layouts and pins can be tough.
I could go on and on about this place. Get here and play it more than once!
July 14, 2015
Great course, better people
Played here while staying in Orlando for the week. The course was in spectacular shape. Could not have been better maintained. The course offers challenges and rewards. I was rewarded several times, but punished far more often. I played from the blue tees and found many fairway bunkers off the tee. Beautiful course, played fair, and would definitely play it again.
The staff was awesome. They meet you at your car and ensure everything is handled from there on out. The food after the round was very good.
It is a beautiful setting for a course, and even though you are in the heart of the resort/parks area, you feel like your miles away from everything. Great break from the crowds!!!
July 12, 2015
Have a plan and enjoy!!
Awesome course! I played this course for the first time on Tuesday, 7/7. I was in the bunker in 10 of the 18 holes and hit 12 shots out of them. So yeah, there was a hole or two where I was in the bunker more than once. Combine that with a couple of balls in the water, I barely broke a 100! Still enjoyed the day though! Came back in 7/9 and had a plan. If in doubt, stay short. Only became aggressive if there's a bailout area. Result? Zero bunkers and almost broke 90!! And that's with 3 balls in the water! The key here is to have a plan and play the correct tee box!! Great staff as well...from the clubhouse personnel to the starter! Definitely a must play when in Orlando!
July 10, 2015
What an incredible course!!!
Course is immaculate! Perfect layout. Fast smooth greens and gorgeous fairways. Very challenging from all the tee boxes. The greens were elevated throughout the course. Great way to learn how to play those type of greens. And the best part was the staff was so cool and friendly. Not sure you can be treated any better than we were treated at the Waldorf. Definitely worth the price to play. Amenities are fantastic. I'll definitely be playing there when I go back. It was an incredible experience.
July 7, 2015
Brilliant!! Well worth it
I managed to get three Rounds of golf in on my holiday and two of those were at the Waldorf Astoria for very gd reasons, with the wide range of golf courses to choose from I couldn't find a better valued deal anywhere with the quality of course , including free buggy with gps free range/practice balls. There were also valet parking, towels and water supplied. Then there is the quality and friendly staff that take care of everything. Couldn't say a bad thing about it even I wanted too awesome!!!
July 6, 2015
Great Golf Course
FYI: Course Aeration scheduled for week of July 20th.
The Waldorf Astoria! Well, well, well…, finally off the bucket list! This course is very challenging. You better be good with the club you use off the tee. Each set of tees was designed with a specific distance in mind. If you play from the correct tees, I can guarantee you that you will need to use some thought as to how you want to play your tee shot because the water and sand traps (troubles) are strategically placed. This was the toughest course I have played so far since moving to Orlando. I would not recommend this course to beginners or high handicappers to be honest. It might lead to a frustrating day. So, proceed with caution. :-) I am a 15.3 HCP index and I lost about 10 balls during the round. The only place I have gotten that beat up before is Hawk’s Landing at the Marriott on World Drive. Waldorf Astoria is top 5 in the area if you ask me; right up there with Grande Lakes, Tranquillo, Grand Cypress, and Shingle Creek. Waldorf does have some nice scenery but not very colorful with flowers and such. The wooden bridges add nice character as do the fountains. It is a serene course. Only a few holes pass by the resort noise of the pool/bar area. The Wyndham Resort makes for a nice backdrop on a few holes. Iced towels served up at end of round. Then, walk to car already parked out front with your clubs already stowed in trunk. Sweet!
When you pull up, valet greets you, and drives your car to the closed off valet lot secluded off to the rear/side of the building. You clubs will be on the cart when you come down from the pro shop. The pro shop is very nice and Jeff was more than helpful. I purchased my typical logo ball and metal poker chip with ball marker souvenir. I even took up one of the little souvenir yardage-books! Very nice little booklet that did come in handy.
BLACK 74.9 / 134 / 7108
BLUE 72.9 / 131 / 6661
HYBR 72.2 / 130 / 6511 (hybrid blue/white)
WHITE 71.4 / 127 / 6309
GREEN 69.7 / 125 / 5990
SILVER 70.8 / 127 / 5089
Blended Blue/White tees are designated by the scorecard. A little symbol tells you which holes you hit from blue and which holes you hit from white. I played the blended tees and found it very challenging as a 15.3 HCP index.
The driving range was well stocked with pyramids of range balls. I think they were either Taylormade or Nike range balls. The club-caddys were made of nice PolyWood like the ones found at the top-end resort courses. The range had a nice variety of targets as well – there were about 8 flags at various distances. The range was a little short as I was hitting my tee shots into the trees on the fly. My drives carry about 245. However, the range is wide. Many players can use the range at once. On the range being short though, I didn’t mind as long as they didn’t mind me hitting balls into the woods. Once I figured this out though, I only hit a few more out there. I’m too nice. I guess they must retrieve them from the woods somehow. The driving range also had two full bags/sets of Nike VRS irons/woods/driver. They were fun to try out after the round was over. I actually might trade in my Titleist 915 for a Covert VRS 2.0. :-)
Lessons are available here and I saw one young man getting one. The staff can play too. The one young man that helped me just qualified for the Florida State Open and another barely missed the cut. The cart girl made frequent rounds but I didn’t buy anything as I usually don’t since I play the resort courses so often it would cost a ton more in money to do so. The cart girls were very friendly and polite, always asking me if I needed anything. There is a water station on the front and one on the back. Make sure to get enough to last to the next one. There really is nothing at the turn either. But the girls make quick trips around. They have one on the front and one on the back making the laps. You could order food from your cart and it would be delivered to you on course but it is pricey - $13.99 for burger/fries, $8 or $9 for bistro fries. It is a high-end resort so it is expected.
The carts had one cooler, sand bottles, and your standard touch-screen GPS systems. My cart was in great shape with nothing special to note. Carts have four hand towels in them as well as two full-size towels.
PACE OF PLAY
Slow :-) But there was a mix of group sizes out there and I think one foursome in particular was holding things up. Even so, I finished in 5 hours.
A little expensive but it a true test of golf at the Waldorf Astoria. This course isn’t going to stroke your ego.
The course is relatively flat with slight elevations here and there – every green I can remember was elevated at least 5’ more than the surrounding approach areas. There is SAND everywhere and lots of water to be seen. A lot of the holes have mature trees lining at least one side. Most holes have areas of mulch and tall grasses too. Did I mention there were plenty of sand traps? :-)
Tee boxes were excellent (well kept)
Fairways were excellent (best around)
Greens were excellent (fast and lots of breaks both obvious and subtle)
Sand traps were excellent (consistent)
July 5, 2015