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Golf Resort, The Disney Inn and Other Golf Courses
Golf Resort/Disney Inn/Shades of Green/Other Golf Courses
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The Golf Resort
The 151-room Golf Resort opened in December of 1973 and originally had 125 rooms. It was located near the Palm and Magnolia golf courses between the Polynesian and the then-unbuilt Grand Floridian. The Golf Resort was known for its Magnolia Room (also known as the Trophy Room and then as the Garden Gallery during the Disney Inn years) restaurant, where the signature dessert was French fried ice cream served on a peach half with vanilla sauce. The Player's Gallery was the cocktail lounge that overlooked the Magnolia course. Perhaps to appeal to more than just golfers, it became the Disney Inn in February of 1986 and was remodeled to have a Snow White theme. Another 150 rooms were also added at this time.
The Disney Inn
The rooms of Disney Inn were located in one of two 3-story wings behind the lobby area. Each bed in the room had a quilt and the furniture was made of oak. Floral accents rounded out the decor. Dining options included the Garden Gallery, which focused on "American Cuisine". The lounge adjacent to the Garden Gallery was called The Back Porch. The Diamond Mine was the snack bar and the Sand Trap was the poolside snack bar. In addition to the nearby golf courses, guests could play at the Diamond Mine arcade, swim in the two pools, or play tennis on one of two courts. Shopping options included The Pro Shop and Gifts and Sundries. Small meetings could be accommodated in the 1,024 square-foot Summer Room. Sample rates for the Disney Inn in the early 1990's ranged from $195.00 per night for a room with two queen beds and a sleeper sofa to $500.00 a night for suites with two queen beds and two sleeper sofas.
Shades of Green
In February of 1994, the Disney Inn was leased by the U.S. Government for military personnel and the name changed to Shades of Green. The government purchased the resort outright in 1996. Shades of Green was not staffed by Disney Cast Members and civilians could no longer stay there. The resort has since been expanded to 586 rooms.
Bonnet Creek Golf Club (Eagle Pines/Osprey Ridge)
This club opened in 1992 near Fort Wilderness and contained the Tom Fazio designed Osprey Ridge and the Pete Dye designed Osprey Ridge. In February 2005 the name of the club was changed to The Eagle Pines & Osprey Ridge Golf Club. Eagle Pines closed in 2007 and Osprey Ridge was incorporated into the Four Seasons Resort Tranquilo Golf Club with a new Tom Fazio design in 2014.
Dining at the Trophy Room/Garden Gallery:
Breakfast included skillets of ham and eggs.
Lunch featured a buffet.
Dinner included items such as:
Duck in peach brandy sauce
Red snapper almondine/Gulf snapper
Cornish game hen
Cucumber Yogurt Soup
Split Pea and Ham Soup
Disney Inn Pasta Salad
Red Skin Potato Salad
Oysters Rockefeller (same recipe was also served at The Lake Buena Vista Golf Club)
Honey Date Nut Bread
Ambrosia Salad (same recipe was also served at the Crystal Palace in the Magic Kingdom)
Fresh Vegetable Salad
Chicken Breast with Supreme Sauce
Southern Open (Pork Tenderloin with Mousseline Sauce)
Apple Supreme (same recipe was also served at Top of the World at the Contemporary Resort)
French Fried Ice Cream
Banana Peanut Butter Cream Pie
The Player's Gallery:
Overlooking the Magnolia Golf Course, you could get specialty drinks such as a Banana Bogey, Caddy Cooler, Double Eagle, Birdie, Lateral Hazard and Strawberry Colada Bogeys.
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