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2017 Preliminary Schedule

2017 BAGS Florida 72 Hole Championship  

December 6 - December 11, 2017

 

Our Florida event is a terrific getaway just before winter sets in. Contested on four, superb championship courses. Condo's or the hotel is conveniently located close to all the tournament sites, Disney World and other area attractions. 8:00 AM shotgun starts each morning will allow sufficient time for afternoon replays at reduced rates. Daily high temperatures in Orlando in early December are usually in the mid to upper 70's.  Last year our tournament field was about 60 players, including 32 from our division.  
 

Wednesday, Dec 6

 

Optional - Practice Round:  


Royal St. Cloud Golf Links

(perhaps the best golfing value in the Orlando area)

tee times starting at 12:00 **

**If sufficient # of members are on the Weds AM early flight (arrives in Orlando at 8:20), I will book earlier tee times.

green fee with motor cart and range balls is about $ 35 (payable at course)

Thursday, Dec 7

Optional practice round:  

 Palm GC at Walt Disney World

mini B.A.G.S. event - sweep, skins, zero's

tee times starting at 9:00

$ 75 Green fee (includes motor cart and range balls) payable in advance to B.A.G.S.  - RI


 

Friday, Dec 8 PROVIDENCE GC 8:00 shotgun

Designed by renowned golf course architect Mike Dasher, Providence GC will test your game and soothe your senses as it winds its way through land featuring freshwater creeks, ancient hardwoods, and wetlands. It is not unusual to get a glimpse of otters, deer, wild turkey, or other Florida wildlife during your round. Dasher has an affection for European style courses, and this is evident on many of his unique, undulated greens.

Saturday, Dec 9 Magnolia GC at Walt Disney World 8:00 shotgun

Named for its majestic magnolia trees, this course features elevated tees, spacious greens and challenging water hazards. Wide fairways invite you to hit the ball and hit it long, but beware—11 of the 18 holes boast water hazards and 97 bunkers dot the landscape.

Suggested evening Activity (7:00 PM -  ?? PM) will be our annual RI Division get together. Catered dinner (BYOB) at my 7 Bedroom rental house at Terra Verde resort. Dinner will be my treat, and my pleasure.

PGA TOUR HISTORY ON THE MAGNOLIA AND PALM COURSES:

The Walt Disney World Golf Classic was played on the Palm and Magnolia courses. It was played under several names, reflecting sponsorship changes.

The tournament was founded in 1971 as the Walt Disney World Open Invitational. From 1974 to 1981, the tournament was played as a two-man team event with a better-ball format. From 2007 to 2012, it was the final event in the PGA Tour Fall Series, and also the final official event of the PGA Tour season. As such, it was a final chance for many players to earn or retain a PGA Tour card through winning or getting into the top 125 on the Tour's money list. Winners of this event have included Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Davis Love, Raymond Floyd, Vijay Singh, David Duval, Mark O'Meara, Luke Donald, Jeff Maggert, and Lucas Glover.

The tournament was removed from the PGA Tour schedule for the 2013–14 wrap-around season after Children's Miracle Network declined to renew their sponsorship.

Sunday, Dec 10 Palm GC at Walt Disney World

8:00 shotgun

This 18-hole championship course features shimmering lakes, tropical sands, palm trees and sloping greens. Disney’s Palm Golf Course is rated 4 stars by Golf Digest and includes 9 holes with water hazards and 59 bunkers—providing plenty of challenges for novices and seasoned pros alike.  Disney’s Palm Golf Course was completely redesigned by Arnold Palmer Course Design in 2013.  

Monday, Dec 11

Grand Cypress Golf Club

**South & East nines **

8:30 Shotgun

Within these 27 holes, the Jack Nicklaus Signature-designed North, South and East Courses provide three distinctly unique 18-hole masterpieces. Each combination of 18 holes provides a distinctive playing experience, which will challenge even the best of golfers.  In 2007 and 2008, Jack Nicklaus returned to redesign and renovate the original North and South Courses. The end result is a longer course featuring first class course conditions that will surely provide a fitting conclusion to our event.

Awards ceremony immediately following conclusion of play

 

Grand Cypress Golf Club hosted the LPGA tour championship in 2010.

 

Entry fee includes:  five nights lodging in 2 - 7 bedroom condo - no shared bedrooms - four tournament rounds with cart and large B.A.G.S. prize fund.

Entry fee does not include: airfare, local transportation in Orlando (shared car rentals will be arranged), green fees for optional practice rounds, daily side bets, meals.

Entry fee:Approximately $ 630 (will vary depending on lodging selected). $200 deposit due on or before September 15, balance due on or before November 15. Entry fee for Golf only will be approximately $450

Airfare:  all participants are asked to arrange their own airfare - see suggested flights 

 Suggested flight itinerarys (www.southwest.com):  

  Southwest does not currently offer an early evening non-stop flight from MCO to PVD

  1.  The flight down is direct non-stop. The return flight stops at BWI. Round trip airfare is currently $311 (as of 7/16/17)  OR
  2.  Return flight on Tuesday morning Dec 12. Round trip airfare is currently $236 (as of 7/16/17)  

 

 
 Trip   Date   Day   Stops   Routing   Flight   Routing Details
  Depart   Dec. 06 Wed Nonstop PVD-MCO 1249 Depart Providence (PVD) at 5:15 AM
Arrive in Orlando (MCO) at 8:20 AM
  Return   Dec. 11 Mon 1 stop MCO-BWI
BWI - PVD

1257
6061

Depart Orlando (MCO) at 5:55 PM
Arrive in Providence (PVD) at 10:05 PM
OR

Depart Dec. 06 Wed Nonstop PVD-MC0 1249 Depart Providence (PVD) at 5:15 AM
Arrive in Orlando (MCO) at 8:20 AM
Return Dec. 12 Tues Nonstop MCO-PVD 1221 Depart Orlando (MCO) at 7:40 AM
Arrive Providence (PVD) at 10:20 AM

 

Other low cost flight options are available, but may involve flights with a stop and/or flying out of Boston's Logan Airport.

Our tournament usually wraps up by 2:30, which should allow sufficient time to catch A flight by no earlier than  5:30.