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DISNEY'S 'MAGIC LINKDOM' GROWS TO 99 GOLF HOLES WITH COURSES DESIGNED BY RENOWNED PETE DYE, TOM FAZIO

 DISNEY'S 'MAGIC LINKDOM' GROWS TO 99 GOLF HOLES
 WITH COURSES DESIGNED BY RENOWNED PETE DYE, TOM FAZIO
 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Disney's "Magic Linkdom" has grown to par-396 over 99 golf holes with the opening of two courses crafted by renowned designers Pete Dye and Tom Fazio.
 The adjacent Eagle Pines and Osprey Ridge courses join a trio of championship layouts -- host to the million-dollar Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Golf Classic each fall -- and a family-play 9-hole course. All six courses at Walt Disney World Resort are available for play by the general public.
 "Three first-rate resort courses just aren't enough anymore," says Mike Beaver, manager of Walt Disney World golf and tennis operations.
 Already, the Palm, Magnolia and Lake Buena Vista courses are at or near their capacity, and with the expansion of Disney resorts and the continuing growth in popularity of the sport, more golfing visitors are expected. Those Joe Lee-designed layouts -- distinctive in their elevated tees and greens -- host about 400 tournaments and thousands of individual rounds of golf each year.
 Both Dye and Fazio were excited about the opportunity to build courses at Walt Disney World. Said Dye, "This'll be in the limelight." Echoed Fazio, "Golfers are going to expect it to be quality, because the name Disney is on it."
 The Dye and Fazio courses are located in the northeastern part of the 43-square-mile Walt Disney World property, a duck hook away from Fort Wilderness Resort and within a John Daly 7-iron of Disney's Dixie Landings Resort, which opens in February. The courses share the new Bonnet Creek Golf Club clubhouse designed by the celebrity architectural firm Gwathmey Siegal & Associates.
 The courses also share the distinction of being different.
 "The character and atmosphere of the individual courses will give people more choices," says assistant project manager Tom Sunnarborg of the Disney Development Co. "We are very excited about it."
 The high mounding and natural framing of the Fazio course contrasts with the low-profile Dye design.
 A meandering ridge with a variety of elevations winds from the area of the clubhouse to the north end of Fazio's course. "The ridge comes into play a variety of ways," says Disney head professional Eric Fredricksen. "You'll tee off it on No. 3; you'll hit to a green in the side of it on No. 12; you'll shoot to a green on top of it at No. 16."
 Fazio's par-72 layout plays at distances as short as 5,402 yards from the forward tees...or at a healthy 7,101 yards from the back boxes.
 Dye's 6,772-yard (from the back tees), par-72 course is distinctive with its low, dished fairways and pine straw instead of rough. "Play'll be very fast and enjoyable," Fredricksen enthuses. "The ball will sit up on the pine straw: it'll be a little more forgiving -- not easy, but a fun and challenging course."
 To the delight of many a golfer, Dye has designed-in a lip on the edge of fairways by water hazards so that balls don't dribble into the drink. Strategically planted St. Augustine grass on the golf side of the water will provide a thicker carpet, further helping to keep balls in play.
 Fairways and tee areas on both courses are planted in 419 Bermuda; the greens, in Tifdwarf.
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