Sadly, neither were we, or should I say I. I got as far as being able to hit the ball, which was something, and more than I expected, but getting the ball to go as far as it needed to proved to be more of a challenge. After 10 shots at both the first and second holes, I had hoped that I would start to get the hang of things, but as we progressed around the course, so did the level of difficulty of each hole. I wasn't just staying static, I was actually getting worse with each passing hole, needing 14 strokes at the fourth hole. It didn't matter how many pointers other people gave me, nothing seemed to work. I guess this golfing lark just isn't for me.
However, for my husband, it was a different matter, and he was slowly starting to find his feet with every passing stroke. It's just as well that we had earlier paired up with the father-and-son team behind us, as at least when I gracefully gave up, Mark still had someone to compete against. By the last hole, my husband was delighted to be able to make the par three hole in the intended three strokes, a real victory indeed for his first ever proper golf game! As we'd gone round the nine holes, I'd been amazed by how difficult they all were, with water hazards thrown in just to make things even more complex. At one particular hole, we were very glad we'd bought so many golf balls, as a fair few ended up just a little on the wet side, and with the threat of alligators around, we weren't about to attempt to fish them out!
The morning turned out to be blistering hot, meaning that we were getting more and more tired as we went around the course. There was a huge amount of walking, much more than I'd anticipated, and although there were occasional benches and watering stations, it was nowhere near as many as I'd hoped for. I guess it's not usual for people to take breaks as often as I did!
There were some unexpected benefits to the walk, as it turned out. I was fascinated to see wildlife along the course, including what looked like turkeys. Not what I thought I'd see by the putting green!
Something else to think about is the heat. We were admittedly in Florida during a heat wave that was regularly sapping our energy, and the round took us a good couple of hours. Even though we started reasonably early, by the end we were nearing the midday sun, and were melting. There isn't much shade out on the golf course for sanctuary, so that’s something to keep in mind; if you're likely to burn, be sure to wear lots of high SPF suntan lotion.
All in all, I have to be honest, this course is still intimidating, even if it is the choice for families and beginners. I think, had I known what I discovered that morning, I wouldn't have attempted any holes. I somehow thought that golf, like everything else at Disney, would be magical. Now, don't get me wrong, it was a stunningly beautiful course, but there was just something about the people on the course. I felt very out of place, and I imagined people kept looking at me, wondering what I was doing there. For that matter, so did I! I'm sure that wasn't true, and a lot of that was down to my appalling play, and lack of confidence, but in all honesty, it's not something I'd recommend for a novice. You're best sticking to the wonderful miniature golf courses instead.
If that hasn't put you off, then it's worth knowing that you'll have to wear either tennis shoes, or golf shoes without spikes. You also have to wear proper golf attire, which is a polo shirt with a collar, turtleneck, or mock turtleneck shirt; and pants or cropped pants for men. For women, it's either a polo shirt with a collar or a suitable shirt or blouse, either with or without collar; with pants, skirt, or cropped pants. Shorts are not acceptable.
Although Disney will do their best to accommodate you, like they did with us, if you just call up to make a booking while you're on your vacation. You can also book up to 90 days ahead, either by calling 407-938-4653 or by visiting http://www.disneyworldgolf.com. Disney's Oak Trail Golf Course is located at the Shades of Green Resort, near the Magic Kingdom.
Golf - putting green
On the putting green, trying to get that elusive final shot! - photo by chezp
About the Author: Cheryl and husband Mark live in England and love to travel, particularly to Disney, and they have made numerous visits to destinations across America and Europe. They recently completed their tour of every Disney theme park around the world, which culminated in their visit to Japan, including the Tokyo Disney Resort. Click here to view more of Cheryl's articles!
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