Course Architects: Dick Wilson and Joe Lee (1961);
                   Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay (1976-present, redesign)
Year Opened: 1961
Location: Orlando, Florida
Slope: 140. Rating: 75.3
Par: 72
Yardage: 7,267
Hole-by-Hole: 1 - Par 4 441 Yds    10 - Par 4 400 Yds
                      2 - Par 3 218 Yds    11 - Par 4 438 Yds
                      3 - Par 4 395 Yds    12 - Par 5 580 Yds
                      4 - Par 5 558 Yds    13 - Par 4 364 Yds
                      5 - Par 4 384 Yds    14 - Par 3 206 Yds
                      6 - Par 5 558 Yds    15 - Par 4 425 Yds
                      7 - Par 3 197 Yds    16 - Par 5 517 Yds
                      8 - Par 4 459 Yds    17 - Par 3 219 Yds
                      9 - Par 4 467 Yds    18 - Par 4 441 Yds
                      Par 36  3,677 Yds     Par 36  3,590 Yds

Key Events Held: Bay Hill Citrus Classic (1979),
                 Bay Hill Classic (1980-84),
                 Hertz Bay Hill Classic (1985-88),
                 The Nestle Invitational (1989-95),
                 U.S. Junior Amateur (1991),
                 Bay Hill Invitational (1996-2006),
                 Arnold Palmer Invitational (2007-present).

Course Record: 62 (Andy Bean, 1981; Greg Norman, 1984).

Awards Won: #94 America's 100 Greatest Public Courses - Golf Digest (2007-08),
            #26 Best In State (Florida) Golf Courses - Golf Digest (2007-08),
            #5 State-by-State Public-Access Courses (FL) by Golfweek (2007),
            America's Top 100 Golf Communities by Travel + Leisure (2006-07),
            4 1/2 stars Best Places to Play - Golf Digest (2007)
            Top 75 Best Golf Resorts in North America - Golf Digest (2007)
            Top 100 Courses You Can Play #44 - Golf Magazine (2006).


HISTORY:  What  usually happens  when a  group of businessmen  want to build a
private spot to vacation during the winter months is it develops into a world-
class venue. This is exactly the case in regards to Bay Hill Club & Lodge.

Back  in 1960,  several gentlemen from Nashville, Tennessee, hired Dick Wilson
and  Joe Lee to  craft a special retreat where they could enjoy their favorite
hobby. Wilson designed many courses in Florida, including Doral's Blue Monster
and  Pine  Tree and  several famous  courses around  the United States, namely
Laurel  Valley in Pennsylvania, NCR in Ohio and La Costa Resort in California.
Lee, known for many Sunshine State courses in his own right, such as Magnolia,
Palm  and Lake Buena Vista courses in Disney World, worked with Wilson on many
projects,  including La  Costa and  Cog Hill  in Illinois.  The duo  created a
remarkable  course that  gently rolls across 270 acres along the shores of the
Butler Chain of Lakes.

After completion, the owners, in an effort to promote the club, invited Arnold
Palmer,  Jack Nicklaus, Don  Cherry and Dave Ragan to play in an exhibition in
1965.  Mr. Palmer, who  shot 66 to beat Nicklaus, fell in love with the course
and the rest, as they say, is history.

Mr.  Palmer,  along with several partners  assumed control of the club in 1970
and  then  just six  years later,  Mr. Palmer purchased  the club outright and
became the club owner, president and green committee chairman. Over the years,
Mr.  Palmer,  along with the recently-deceased  Ed Seay have tinkered with the
design  of the course  in an effort to make Bay Hill one of the most beautiful
and demanding layouts in golf.

Bay  Hill has a wonderful tournament history dating back to 1979, when the PGA
Tour  moved its Florida  Citrus Open to the club. Bob Byman captured the first
event staged at Bay Hill, defeating John Schroeder in a playoff.

The  list of champions  at this event reads like a who's who of Hall-of-Famers
past,  present and future. From Tom Kite (1982, '89), Payne Stewart (1987) and
Ben  Crenshaw (1983)  to Paul Azinger (1988), Phil Mickelson (1997), Ernie Els
(1998), Vijay Singh (2007) and Tiger Woods (2000-03).

Although  never  a winner  of this  event, Greg Norman  enjoyed success at Bay
Hill,  posting  a pair of  runner-up finishes, making the  cut in his first 12
appearances  and recording  six top-10s  and nine  top-15s. Norman  was a  tad
snake-bitten  at  Bay Hill, losing  in a playoff  in 1983 to little-known Mike
Nicolette  on  the first extra  hole, as Nicolette won  for the first and only
time,  and  then finishing  one shot back  of Robert Gamez,  who holed out for
eagle  on the final  hole from the fairway. Norman, along with Andy Bean, owns
the course record of 62.

When  Payne Stewart  captured the 1987 event,  he posted a record total of 264
which  still  stands today. Stewart, who  defeated David Frost by three shots,
donated his entire winner's check to a local hospital in memory of his father.

Following  the 1989  event, Mr. Palmer and his design team reworked the entire
course,  including all  18 greens  and bunkers,  while lengthening  the course
almost 100 yards, changing the par to 72.

The  USGA made  its only stop at Bay  Hill in 1991 for the U.S. Junior Amateur
Championship,  where who  else but Tiger Woods captured the first of his three
consecutive Junior Amateur titles. Woods, the medalist with a two-day total of
140, defeated Brad Zwetschke on the 19th hole.

Fred  Couples' eighth  career title came in  1992, as he cruised to a whopping
nine-stroke  victory over  Gene Sauers. Couples opened with rounds of 67-69-63
and closed with a round of 70 for a 269 total, second lowest in event history.

Loren  Roberts  became the first  back-to-back champion  of this event when he
titled  in  1994-95. During  those two tournaments,  Roberts blistered the Bay
Hill  course with eight  sub-par rounds, five rounds in the 60s and a total of

Phil  Mickelson's 10th  career  victory came  in  1997, as  he  closed with  a
sizzling  seven-under-par  65 for a  three-shot win over Stuart Appleby. After
missing  the cut  the first two times  he played the tournament and failing to
break  par in  his first  five rounds  at Bay  Hill, Mickelson  responded with
rounds  of  65-70-65 to finish at  16-under. Lefty has recorded three top-five
finishes in his last five appearances.

No  player  over the years, however,  has dominated this event like Woods. The
No.  1  player in  the world  claimed four consecutive  wins (2000-03) and has
never  missed  the cut at  this event as a  professional. When he captured the
2003  tournament, he  snapped  Couples'  winning mark  by  posting an  11-shot
victory.  During that four-year streak, Woods was a combined 65-under par with
12 rounds in the 60s and 15-of-16 rounds under par.

For the 2007 tournament, Mr. Palmer changed the course to a par of 70 at 7,137
yards. Vijay Singh, at 44 years old, won for the 31st time in his Hall of Fame
career,  defeating  Rocco Mediate by two  shots. Singh, who has never missed a
cut  at  this event in  15 starts, has six  top-10 finishes. Trailing by three
heading  into  the final round, Singh  made seven birdies and despite back-to-
back  bogeys  on 16 and 17,  was able to shoot  his second straight 67 for the
win.  "It  means a  lot," said  Singh after the  win. "This  was my first ever
tournament in America. I love this place."

In one of the most thrilling finishes since 1990, Tiger Woods sank a 25-foot
putt for birdie on the final hole to defeat Bart Bryant by a shot and capture
his fifth Arnold Palmer Invitational. Tied for the lead with four other
players heading into the final round, Woods carded his second straight round
of 66 to post a winning score of 10-under, 270. Sean O'Hair, who tied for
third, carded the low round of the week, a seven-under 63 during the third
round. For the week, the par-70 course played to a scoring average of 70.940,
with the final five holes playing over par.

REVIEW:  Most  courses start  you off with  a gentile par  five or routine par
four,  not Bay Hill.  The first hole is a robust 441-yard dogleg left gem that
features a tight landing area and several fairway bunkers down the right side.
To  make  matters worse, thick  rough lines both sides  of the fairway, not to
mention out of bounds down the left. After a successful tee ball, a medium-to-
long  iron remains to a slightly uphill and shallow green, just 22 paces deep.
Two traps front and two rear will see plenty of action and can make an up-and-
down virtually impossible.

There  is not  let up when you reach  the second tee, a lengthy par three that
can  be stretched  to 238 yards from the Palmer tees. Another miniscule green,
this  putting  surface slopes hard  from right to left  and is surrounded by a
trio  of bunkers. The front pot bunker is quite diabolical, so avoid it at all
costs. During the 2007 tournament, Dean Wilson aced this hole during the first

One  of just three par fours under 400 yards, the third is a sharp dogleg left
that  boomerangs  around a lake. Three-metal  off the tee is the prudent play,
avoiding  water left and  a pair of trench-like bunkers down the right. Just a
medium-to-short  iron should remain to a very long and narrow putting surface.
There  is sand  short and  left,  right and  deep,  not to  mention the  water
guarding this undulating green.

For we mere mortals, the fourth hole plays as a nice, uphill par five, but for
the  big boys during the Arnold Palmer Invitational, it's a solid 460-yard par
four.  With a creek  meandering up the entire right side, the play is to favor
the  left,  although a pair  of bunkers, 50 yards  in length, occupy the area.
Reachable in two with a big second shot, the player must slip past the bunkers
guarding  the entrance to  the promised land. The smart play would be to layup
short  of the sand  and pitch it close for birdie. The green is a small target
and well guarded by bunkers.

The fifth is a routine par four, just 384 yards in length. Bending slightly to
the  left, the key  is the tee shot, which must dissect the quartet of fairway
bunkers  around  the 130-yard mark.  Just a short  iron remains to a receptive
green  which  features  a crown  in  the  center.  Once  again, sand  plays  a
predominant role around the putting surface.

With  today's technology, the par-five sixth is reachable in two, but the risk
outweighs  the reward. Wrapped  around the lake, a draw aimed at the center of
the  three fairway  bunkers would  be  the smart  start. The  landing area  is
generous, but the water is just a few paces away. A long iron or fairway metal
layup  will leave a short pitch to the longest green on the course, a whopping
50  yards in depth. Water left and two bunkers right will keep you honest, but
if  you  play sensible, birdies can  be had on the  No. 1 handicap hole on the

The most straight-forward hole on the course, the seventh is also the shortest
at 197 yards. Six bunkers surround the putting surface, which slopes from back
to  front.  With a  calm  breeze,  this hole  can  provide  plenty of  scoring

One of my favorite holes on the course, the eighth is a tough dogleg right par
four  that  reaches 459 yards  in length.  Not only does  the drive have to be
straight  and true, it  needs to be long enough to get past the trees down the
right avoiding a blocked approach to the green. From the fairway, a medium-to-
long  iron remains  to an elevated putting surface fronted by water. The green
itself  is  just 23 paces  deep, but  quite wide with  bunkers in the rear and
right.  The  slope runs  hard from back  to front and  is very slick. Anything
short will most certainly run back into the drink, so club wisely.

As  you  return towards  the clubhouse,  your work is  hardly complete. At the
difficult ninth, your tee shot must reach the fairway for you to have any shot
at getting on in regulation. A long trap and out-of-bounds guard the left side
and  a pair of bunkers and trees protect the right. As the hole doglegs to the
left,  a long  iron or  fairway  metal will  be  needed to  reach the  putting
surface.  Three bunkers surround the green, which is one of the longest on the
course.  The final hole  on the Challenger nine also happens to be the longest
par four on the course.

The  Champion nine  opens with a forgiving, but clever, dogleg-right par four.
This  short par four is quite deceiving, as the fairway, which is fairly wide,
is tightened by the trees and a 35-yard long bunker down the right, as well as
a  duo  of traps  down the  left. Take  three-metal off  the tee  and set up a
longer,  but  easier, approach  from the  fairway. Make sure  you add a little
extra  to your second,  as the green is slightly elevated and guarded by three

Similar  to  the third, the  11th is another  dogleg-left par four that sweeps
around  a lake  towards  the green.  Longer than  its  predecessor, this  hole
features  a more forgiving fairway with a pair of bunkers down the right side,
with  the  water coming into play  at the 168-yard marker. A mid-to-short iron
approach  needs to be spot on, as the green is long and narrow with sand short
and  right.  The putting  surface plays  a half club  longer with its elevated
stature. If you think left is bad, long is out-of-bounds.

The  real test of  the inward nine begins AT the 12th, the longest hole on the
course.  At 580 yards, this straightaway par five is rarely reached in two, as
it  plays  uphill from tee to  green. The danger  here really is in the narrow
fairway,  which  is guarded by  thick rough. Sand  comes to the forefront with
your layup at the 130-yard mark down the right and two massive traps on either
side  of the landing  area at 65 yards in. The putting surface is fairly large
with  a handful  of  bunkers  surrounding the  promised  land.  A real  birdie

Another  sensational hole, the  13th is the shortest par four on the course at
just  364  yards. Three-metal  or less  is the play  off the  tee, as the pond
fronting  the  green is reachable  with the big stick.  Be wary of the bunkers
guarding both sides of the fairway, as they can produce a very scary approach.
Just  a wedge should  remain to attack this hole, however the green is just 26
paces  deep and it slopes from back to front. A precise shot will be rewarded,
but too much spin will end up in a rocky grave. By the way, the bunkers in the
rear are no bargain either.

The  first par three on the back side, the 14th is rated as the easiest on the
course.  Hardly. At 206  yards and playing uphill and into the wind, this hole
requires  pinpoint accuracy  off the  tee. Two  ribbon-shaped traps  guard the
entrance to the green, which is just 30 paces in length. You'll really have to
work  the  ball with a  back-right pin, especially  when you're trying to make

The  final  four holes are as  good as they  get in Florida. For starters, the
15th is a sharp, dogleg right that necessitates the player cutting the corner.
That  means hitting  250 yards over the  two bunkers, trees and homes to leave
the  shortest approach in. Bailing out left will leave a very long second shot
to  a small  and  well-guarded green.  Just  31 paces  in  depth, the  putting
surface,  which has  five traps  surrounding it,  has four  distinct sections,
making a two-putt very difficult.

Converted  to a  par four for the  Arnold Palmer Invitational, the 16th for us
mortals  is a solid, 517-yard par five reachable in two shots with a couple of
conditions.  First, the  tee shot  is  semi-blind from  the tips  and must  be
threaded  between the  numerous fairway bunkers and the trees. The longer, but
better  angle  to get home  is the left side.  However, the water fronting the
green  must be  avoided,  otherwise your  chance  at birdie  is  gone and  the
possibility of double-bogey or worse is conceivable. Sand short-right and deep
protects one of the must undulating greens on the course. A front pin could be
the most difficult, as it brings the slope of the green into play and any ball
not  landing on top will certainly spin back towards the water. No one said it
was  going to be easy. During the 2007 tournament, this hole produced a stroke
average of 4.411, 21st most difficult on the PGA Tour.

The par threes at Bay Hill are rated the four easiest holes on the course, but
let  me tell  you first hand, as a  player, this is not the case. A back-right
flag on the 17th can stretch this one-shotter to 230 yards from the tips, over
water  and  over sand. A high,  well-struck long-iron or fairway-metal will be
needed  to  negotiate all the trouble  that this hole dishes out. Don't forget
the water hazard that wraps around the right and rear portion of the green, as
any low shot into this miniscule putting surface will end up wet.

How  difficult is the closing hole at Bay Hill? During the 2006 tournament, it
ranked  as the toughest  hole of the event with a 4.319 average. It's best not
to  know that going  in, otherwise you'll be shaking in your shoes. One of the
most  exciting  finishing holes  in golf,  the 18th  is a  great par four that
demands  length and  accuracy off the tee. No fairway bunkers to contend with,
just  thick rough and out of bounds left. A medium-to-long iron will remain to
a  boomerang-shaped  putting surface that  wraps around  a lake and rock wall.
Three  deep  bunkers cover the rear  of a green  that slopes hard from back to
front.  It's one of the most thrilling finishing holes on the PGA Tour -- just
ask  Robert  Gamez, who sank  his 7seven-iron in 1990  from 176 yards into the
hole for eagle to defeat Greg Norman by a shot.

FINAL  WORD: Just  a stone's throw from downtown Orlando and Disney World, Bay
Hill Club & Lodge is certainly worth the price of admission.

The  Lodge  features 70 newly-renovated  rooms, with  a full service salon and
spa,  dining and aquatics. The pro shop is completely stocked for both men and
women,  not  to mention trinkets with  Mr. Palmer's signature. Yes, it's a bit
expensive  to stay  and play at Bay Hill,  but not only do you get a chance to
play  one  of the  best venues in  the state,  you have a  real good chance at
meeting the host.

With five sets of tees, ranging from 5,235 to 7,267 yards, Bay Hill is for all
types  of  players. The Challenger  and Champion  nines make up the tournament
course,  but a third nine, the Charger, is also very competitive. How tough is
Bay  Hill? During the 2007 Arnold Palmer Invitational, the scoring average for
the four days was 72.054 (the course played to a par 70). All four rounds were
over  par,  including the final  day (74.513). For the  year, Bay Hill was the
seventh most difficult on the PGA Tour.

Over  the  years, Bay Hill has  been ranked as one  of the top golf resorts in
North  America,  one of America's  100 Greatest  Public Courses by Golf Digest
and one of the top-10 public access courses in the state of Florida.

To  host  an annual  stop on  the PGA  Tour, courses  must go through rigorous
upkeep  for the  standards of  today's  professional and  Bay Hill  absolutely
measures  up. Most people believe that when the event concludes in the spring,
the site conditioning slips. I'm here to tell you that even in mid-summer, Bay
Hill  is in mint condition. From tee to green the course is immaculate and the
landscaping  sensational. The  staff was also very gracious and accommodating,
making my stay that much more enjoyable.

Would  you  expect anything  less  from  the king  of  golf?  I think  not.  I
definitely will be back.