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Lake Buena Vista Golf Club

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Lake Buena Vista Golf Club Walt Disney World

 This golf/country club opened November 22, 1974.  It was known by a variety of names throughout the years, hence the title above.  The Club featured lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool and a Joseph Lee-designed 18 hole par-72 golf course.  There were no dues or membership fees.  The fairways, practice green and driving range were all designed with the mid-handicap player in mind.  There was a Pro Shop and the restaurant was the Pompano Grill (later called the Lake Buena Vista Club Restaurant).  There was also a snack bar that served coffee and pastries for breakfast and hot dogs, subs and other snacks the rest of the day.

 The Club was a formal place and men needed to wear jackets for dinner at the restaurant.  Vintage wine was available and strolling musicians such as the Dixie Deltas were the featured entertainers.  Renamed the Disney Village Clubhouse in September of 1988, the former country club-like dining room became more family oriented and the dress became casual.  The Pompano Grill received a new menu and the decor became a lighter cream-color with natural wood tones, ceiling fans, and fern plants.  The Clubhouse closed on March 21, 1994.  The entire club was later rebuilt and remodeled to become the main building for the Disney Institute.

Sample Menu items from The Pompano Grill/Lake Buena Vista Club Restaurant (Prior to 1988):

Blueberry Crepes with Vanilla Sauce
Eggs Florentine
Cafe Buena Vista (rum, liqueur, coffee and whipped cream.
Les Huitres Sautees En Barquette (Sauteed Oysters)
Oysters Rockefeller
Florida Chilled Citrus Soup
Avocado Soup
French Onion Soup
Lake Buena Vista Club Onion Soup Des Halles
Lake Buena Vista Club Spinach Salad and House Dressing (There were at least two different "House Dressings" offered)
Mikado Rice Salad
Bay Scallops in Cream Sauce
Coquille St. Jacques
Shrimp Scampi With Spinach Noodles
Supreme of Red Snapper
Crevettes Buena Vista
Supreme of Grouper in Green Lettuce
Brunch Baked Halibut Marcel
Chicken Liver Saute
Duck Tambu (also served at Top of the World in the Contemporary and the Village Restaurant)
Steak Diane
Raspberry Souffle
Vanilla Sauce with fruit, pudding or cake
Gold Brick Sundae

Sample Menu items from The Pompano Grill/Lake Buena Vista Club Restaurant (After 1988):

Key West Caesar Salad
Coconut and Almond Chicken with Pommery Mustard Sauce
Tournedos of Beef With Cabernet Raisin Sauce
Prime Rib
New York Strip Steak
Filet Mignon
The Daredevil (a brownie dessert)
Layered Italian Ice Cream Loaf

Themed Nights

 During the Club's early years, there were several themed nights each week.  Monday was the "Night of Wine & Roses" that began with a stop at the Village Spirits in the Walt Disney World Shopping Village to sample and select wines.  Next was a trip to the Flower Garden shop for the women to select a long-stemmed rose.  A boat cruise to the Club followed.  Tuesdays were "Moonlight for Tue".  After a candlelit dinner at the club, guests could enjoy a moonlight cruise.  Champagne Brunch was held on Sundays.  As guest drank champagne, they were taken on a boat from Walt Disney World Village to the Club to enjoy dishes such as Eggs Benedict and roast beef at the buffet.  

Pool at Lake Buena Vista Golf Club Walt Disney World

Bobby Riggs Plays With An Elephant

 In 1976, Mike Douglas filmed some segments for his television show at Walt Disney World that featured guests such as Dean Jones, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Phyllis Diller, Annette Funicello and Bobby Burgess.  One segment featured Mike challenging notorious gambler Bobby Riggs to play a tennis match at the Lake Buena Vista Club while tied to an elephant.  Bobby lost to Mike.

Bobby Riggs and elephant at Walt Disney World Lake Buena Vista Golf Club.

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