Thursday, March 24, 2011

Great Times & Golf In Orlando

Jimmy was pretty disappointed about missing the cut in Tampa because he loves the golf course, but the great thing about golf is there is always another week. And this week we are in Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational at famed Bay Hill Club and Lodge. It’s been 6 years since we have had the privilege of playing this tournament and we are really excited to be back.

Another reason we were excited for the week (and for the delay in posting the blog) is Jimmy was picked to host the Golf Channel’s Inside the PGA TOUR show and the lil’ one and I got to tag along. After the crew spent about 2 seconds with our nine-month-old son it quickly transitioned into the “Mclain Walker Show,” and Jimmy and I were off the hook. The whole day was truly first class, and we were reminded how truly privileged a life we lead on TOUR.


As soon as you drive through the gates of the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando you immediately get the feeling you are in for something special. When Steven Spielberg was consulting on Universal Orlando Island of Adventure Park, he suggested each of the three hotels on the property has a special theme to make them unique. And are they ever! The Portofino transports you from busy Orlando to the beautiful Italian Riviera. With everything the Portofino has to offer, in the ultimate role reversal your kids will have to drag you kicking and screaming away from the hotel.

While filming Inside the PGA TOUR, we were treated to a fabulous lunch at one of the Portofino’s charming restaurants. Sitting in the sun at Trattoria del Porto, overlooking the “piazza,” you really feel as you could be in Italy. With eight different bars and restaurants, the dining options at the Portofino offer enough variety to keep everyone happy.

The Loews Portofino Bay may be located in Orlando and look Italian, but it is an amazing world-class resort that couples looking to get away and families of all size can enjoy.

The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando Resort


After our fabulous lunch at the Portofino, we took a boat from the hotel straight to Universal Orlando Island of Adventure theme park. The idea behind Island of Adventure is that each aspect of the Park is centered around a “storytelling theme.” From Dr Seuss to Harry Potter, you will be amazed at the attention paid to every small detail at both Universal Orlando Parks.

With rides, shows and shops to please every age, Universal Orlando Resort maybe be the “other park” located in Orlando, but I can assure you, the Parks are second to none and should not be missed.

Jimmy, Mclain and I filming Inside The PGA TOUR


Although it may be hard to tear yourself and your loved ones away from the theme parks in Orlando, Arnold Palmer’s tournament at Bay Hill is pretty great excuse to do so. With all the golf heavyweights scheduled to play, it’s a tournament that commands attention and respect must be paid to the challenging course. Fast greens, water on most holes and with wind usually a factor, Bay Hill is a perfect for spectators looking to get their fill of everything great golf has to offer. Be sure to check out the tournament if you are ever in Orlando during the week of Bay Hill.

For the 50 other weeks a year when the PGA TOUR is not in town, golfers can get their fix at Orange County National. Located in nearby Winter Gardens, every other year OCN is the site of dreaded PGA TOUR Qualifying School and for 10 years running was voted as one of Golf Digests “Best Places to Play.”

Orlando is a great city with so much to do and see, be sure to plan accordingly. Our whole week has been a wonderful experience, and we can’t thank the Golf Channel and Universal Orlando Resort enough for our memorable day. Be sure to watch Inside the PGA TOUR this Tuesday evening (3/29) on the Golf Channel to get a great look at Universal Orlando Resort and our life on TOUR.



  1. I enjoyed your blog! Thanks for allowing us a glimpse into a golfer's life (along with his family)! This evening, I was able to watch the "Inside the PGA Tour" show, highlighting your family. Great feature! I'm looking forward to future "follows!"

    -Don Yandell

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