The winter home of golf legend Arnold Palmer, the Bay Hill Club & Lodge is renowned for its championship golf course, site of the PGA Tour’s Bay Hill Invitational.
The property, which is open only to lodge guests and club members, features 65 rooms, suites and guest cottages; a health spa, salon and fitness center; two dining room, a café and lounge; six tennis courts; a junior Olympic-size swimming pool; the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy; 9,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space; and 27 holes of golf on the Challenger, Champion and Charger links.
Bay Hill Club and Lodge features 70 standard guest rooms, six one-bedroom suites, seven two-bedroom cottages and one three-bedroom guest house. All of the rooms are non-smoking and many offer golf course views. Standard guest rooms are furnished with two full-size beds, suites offer either a king-size bed or two queen-size beds, and cottages have one king-size bed and two queen-size beds. The guest house is furnished with one king-size bed, two queen-size beds and two twin beds. All rooms are equipped with a TV and VCR. Amenities include a daily newspaper, buffet breakfast and evening turndown service.
The Bay Hill Club and Lodge is a popular venue for corporate board meetings, incentive groups, seminars, conferences, dinners, luncheons and receptions. The club offers 9,000 square feet of meeting space, three executive boardrooms seating 6 to 12 persons, three meeting rooms with a seating capacity of 20 to 50 people, a hospitality room and banquet facilities accommodating 250 people (500 for receptions). There also is an outdoor patio, café and pool-view room, all of which can be used for meeting and banquet functions.
Meeting rooms are equipped with easels, flipcharts, high-density overhead projectors and screens, TVs, VCRs, slide projectors, podiums, and microphones. Additional audio-visual equipment is available upon request.
The Bay Hill Club & Lodge features a full-service spa with hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, and massage therapy treatments; separate men’s and women’s saunas, whirlpools and steamrooms; and a professional salon. There also is an exercise and aerobics center staffed by personal trainers, six lighted tennis courts (four HAR-TRU and two DecoTurf), a junior-Olympic swimming pool, and a private marina with access to the Butler Chain of Lakes. Also located on site is the world-renowned Arnold Palmer Golf Academy, which offers individual and group lessons.
The Bay Hill Club & Lodge features 27 holes of golf, including the 18-hole championship track featured each spring during the annual Bay Hill Invitational tournament, a nationally televised event that reaches millions of golf fans.
The course was originally designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee in 1961 and officially redesigned by Arnold Palmer in 1980. Long recognized as the best track in Central Florida and one of the best in the state, the course challenges top-caliber golfers with four sets of tees that stretch it from 5,235 to 7,207 yards.
Bay Hill’s quartet of par-3’s are among the toughest on the Tour. And the 18th hole is regularly ranked as the most difficult hole the PGA TOUR® plays.
In addition to the championship course, there is a third nine, nicknamed the Charger nine, which plays from between 2,905 and 3,409 yards and is more wide open than the championship course, with larger greens and less greenside bunkering. Caddies are available year-round, but a forecaddie is mandatory for groups of three or more.
Other golf course facts:
- Course names: Champion, Challenger and Charger (the first two comprise the Bay Hill Invitational track)
- Greens: TifEagle hybrid Bermuda
- Speed of play: 4 hours and 10 minutes
- Most distinctive course feature: “Devil’s Bathtub” on No. 18
- Toughest Hole: No. 18
- Best chance for birdie: No. 16
FOOD AND BEVERAGE
The Bay Hill Club & Lodge is known for its fine food and creative, service-oriented culinary staff. The club features three dining venues – the Classic Room, the Grill Room and the Terrace Café – along with the Members Lounge, with its wingback chairs, pedestal cherry tables, and massive rock fireplace and hearth.
For dinner, the Classic and Grill Rooms (in the evening, a sliding wall divider separates the two rooms) offer a wide assortment of continental cuisine, including steak, pasta, veal, seafood, and chicken dishes, along with assorted soups and salads. The luncheon menu features a selection of soups, salads, grilled sandwiches, and pastas. In the morning, guests can enjoy a continental breakfast, full breakfast menu, or breakfast buffet from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Located next to the pool and spa, the Terrace Café offers a selection of soups, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, yogurt, fruits, ice cream bars, milkshakes, tea, coffee and other beverages.
For special banquets and dinner parties, award-winning Executive Chef Robert Lee and his catering staff are prepared to accommodate a variety of personal tastes and budgets. Groups also can choose from the catering department’s extensive list of breakfast, lunch, dinner, buffet, and specialty-dessert menus.