The Waldorf Astoria Golf Club in Orlando may be the chief amenity of the elegant and luxurious Waldorf Astoria Orlando hotel, but tee times are open to everyone at this excellent Rees Jones-designed layout that sits next to Walt Disney World. While Disney World s amusement parks and attractions can be an overwhelming blur, the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club offers a peaceful interlude in a serene realm abutting the Bonnet Creek Nature Preserve. Although five sets of well-spaced-out tee markers and a lack of forced carries ensure that players of all skill levels can manage this course, the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club maxes out at 7,108 yards and is anything but a piece-of-cake resort layout. Jones was given the task of creating a challenging championship layout on a property laden with wetlands and woodlands. Although 14 holes feature water hazards of some sort, the water features complement rather than dominate the design. The primary threat to par on the holes at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club comes from the tightness of the fairways, the strategic bunkering, and the elevated greens. Some of the holes are also very long and into the wind. The vast majority of holes play straightaway. From the 5th green you ll gain one of the coolest views of the day almost every hole on the course is in view. Holes 13-17 comprise the highlight stretch at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. Each of these tests plays in a different direction. The 13th is a short par 4 that may tempt long hitters into going for the green, but beware that on both 13 and 15 water looms on the left all the way from tee to green. Course conditioning is a hallmark of the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club. Though the course was essentially laid out over swampland, it drains superbly thanks to runoff areas and an aggressive verification regimen. The practice facilities suit the club s needs perfectly and the clubhouse has a small golf shop, locker rooms and casual dining with seating indoors or out on the patio overlooking the range. If you decide to stay at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando Hotel hotel, you ll be bunking down in opulence at the first hotel to carry the Waldorf Astoria name outside of the famed palatial original in Manhattan. The hotel provides easy access to Disney attractions and it couldn t be more convenient for your tee time the hotel s front door is no more than 50 yards from the clubhouse of the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club.