Flights with the UK's largest airline with options to upgrade to Premium, Business or First Class.
Take advantage of our British Airways partnership and take your golf bag for free
Bay Hill Club, Orlando, Florida
Now played in the memory of one of golf’s favourite players, the tournament consistently features the games greatest names all of whom are looking to showcase their skills in Arnold Palmer's honour.
The importance of having his favourite golf club boast one of the strongest fields on the tour was made apparent when in 2012 he joked: "If (McIlroy) doesn’t come and play Bay Hill, he might have a broken arm and he won’t have to worry about where he’s going to play next."
with over 200,000 travellers per year
ABTA, ATOL & IATA members
Once hosted by one of the game's most revered players and now played in his memory, the Arnold Palmer Invitational is one of the most anticipated events on tour each year. Played right at the start of March, the tournament frequently boasts a star studded lineup and is always fiercely competitive as players look to prepare themselves for the years first major just a month down the line.
The tournament has always featured the game’s biggest names with players such as Lee Trevino, Ernie Els and Arnold Palmer himself winning the tournament prior to the turn of the Millennium. However, since the year 2000 Tiger Woods has dominated this tournament with a record 8 wins to his name and in 2003 Tiger set the record for the largest winning margin when he blew apart the field and won by 11 strokes.
2019 Winner: Francesco Molinari (-12, $1,638,000 Prize Money)
Lowest 72 Hole Score: -23 (Buddy Allin 1973)
Most wins: 8 (Tiger Woods: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
|2018||Rory McIlroy||Northern Ireland||-18||$1,602,000|
|2010||Ernie Els||South Africa||-11||$1,080,000|
In 1965, 7 time Major winner Arnold Palmer put Bay Hill Golf and Country Club on the map by proclaiming it as "the best course in Florida". He later went onto buy the course in 1974 and within 5 years it made its PGA Tour debut in 1979 as the host of the Florida Citrus Open Invitational.
The course itself can play at over 7,200 yards from the tips and with water hazards in a abundance, the players ability to drive the ball long and straight is truly tested. The newly refurbished clubhouse and facilities make Bay Hill Golf and Country Club make the venue one of the best all round golfing destinations in America.
Course: Bay Hill Club
Yardage: 7,239 Yards
Designed by: Dick Wilson
Weather for the Arnold Palmer Invitational
The average temperature in the state of Florida in March is roughly 20 degrees celsius with the mercury reaching 26 celsius at points. Throughout the day the weather is more than warm enough for you get the shorts out and with the winter weather disappearing the evenings aren’t too cold either.
Located just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport which is 11hr 30 minutes from London Heathrow, you can rest easy on your flight knowing that when you land the golf course is only a short drive away.
The 3 loops of nine at Bay Hill are set upon gently undulating terrain, immaculate fairways, gorgeous greens and one or two water hazards.
The Champion, Challenger and Charger links sweep through 270 acres of breathtaking landscape along the shores of the Butler Chain of lakes providing a tough challenge for golfers of all abilities.
Its easy to see that Norman has clearly drawn considerable influence from his favourite seaside courses in the UK and Ireland. The International layout stretches to over 7,300 yards and was designed to play hard and fast, just like a good links should be.
Navigating the International's sprawling greens and wind-swept dunes, you will experience 18 of the most dramatic and challenging holes in Orlando.
The Nicklaus Course parkland-style layout provides smooth and flowing play from elevated tee boxes to small hard to hit greens. This course can be as deceptive as it is beautiful, tempting golfers to hit risky shots that could result in big payoffs.
Located slightly away from the main hub of the resort the Nicklaus provides a good contrast to The Palmer and Watson layouts cleverly using the different landscape to create its own testing features.