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Old 12-14-2009, 08:34 AM   #211
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Oy!! Alan made me try Narcoosee's and now you are going to make me try Citrico's. That veal looks amazing! I can't afford to keep reading trip reports.
That's how I feel- I read about stuff on here, next thing I know, my wallet's empty!

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Yum! Another place we have to try. How cool that you saw Diane again - and that she remembered your name!
It was a great meal- I was sad we didn't have room for dessert, though, because I know they really do it up there. Well, there's always next year- we're booked for the last week in September again, when I booked it I thought it would be the first week of F&W because that is what was published by Disney. But I think they changed it to start later, so my plan is to do DDxP- then I can order desserts just for one bite and food porn purposes!!
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Ospey Ridge...Golf & Wildlife Heaven!

We packed up in the morning, got our boarding passes from the check-in, filled our mug, and said good-bye til next time to OKW. We had a 10:10 tee time at Osprey Ridge. When we had golfed with Larry & Mary earlier in the week, they had told us that OR has the most wildlife of any course at WDW- and it was so true!


Of course, we were wondering who we'd be paired up with this time- and the people ahead of us were all men, so I was thinking..."Uh-oh- pro golfers, they're not going to like golfin' with uber-beginner me!!" I was so, so off on that assessment! As it turned out, OR has really great CMs working it, just like LBV did. And this gentleman was so nice....he put the single guy up with that threesome, and Pods & I went off....ALONE.



Almost immediately, we came upon a hole with some wildlife- deer, and they seemed to enjoy golf so much they wanted to get right in on the action.





Ok...I'll just stand here while you take your shot...just try not to hit me!


We saw tons of birds that day- this one is in a lake....the greenest lake I've ever seen. It was like a carpet!







I'm easily distracted by anything pretty-



Thank-GOD in heaven, this golf game was going much, MUCH better for Pods than any of the last ones were. What a relief, I wouldn't have to fly home with 85 year old Cranky-Pods, we were leaving him behind! Here's some of the 4 Seasons construction we saw-



We turned a corner and nearly ran over a big black snake that slithered into the bushes away from our cart. Mental note: never, never, EVER go looking for my ball in the brush!! I had been drawing Minnie heads on all my balls with the pink sharpie the CM gave me- you know, for luck. Well, I kind of lost count, but let's just say that all the snakes in all the bushes on OR are welcome to enjoy my hidden minnies as long as they'd like. Next we were at a huge water feature, tons of birds and even a pair of turtles-











Aren't they all so cool? You may be thinking it was rude of me to take so much time away from the game by taking all these pics. I was more than just a little bit snap-happy! However, what was happening was that foursome in front of us, the guys that I was intimidated to play with? Well, they were the slowest, most beginnerest golfers ever- so we had a ton of time at every hole. (Eventually we passed them and just skipped a hole). It all was good, though, as Pods played 2 balls on alot of the holes since we had so much extra time on there. And he was really enjoying the course- YIPPEE!!!!





What a gorgeous golf course. Osprey Ridge is very different from LBV, in that you see no civilization out there- no homes, hotels, nothing but trees, flowers, lakes and nature- it gives a glimpse into what WDW must have been like when Walt bought the land. The only thing you can hear other than bird calls is the far-off sound of the train whistle from MK. I am so happy we played this course- in fact, we enjoyed it so much, Pods took Tim & Tyler on it when we came back in November. But that's a story for another TR....

Finally finished, we showered and were hungry so headed to the SandTrap for lunch. We were the only ones in there. Totally, totally deserted!!

Gee, do you have a table for two?


The server was really sweet, and she seemed actually surprised to see us! I ordered a burger, Pods got a rueben-





It hit the spot. And then...it was time to go to the airport....



I am so glad Pods & I took this vacation- so much so, that he agreed without hesitation when I asked if I should book it for 2010! So we'll be staying AKV Concierge, September 24th to 29th.....no trip to Vero first this time, I'm saving that for a relaxing overnight after our Disney Cruise with the kids in November. The only downside of our next trip is that F&W dates may have been changed, which I have to say, really? Disney published dates and now is changing them?? That really bites, I can't believe they aren't better than that. But it's ok- we'll just enjoy everything else the world has to offer...I think we may try the DDxP next time. Always something new to do at WDW, right?

Thanks for reading along....hope you'll stop by when I start writing about our last trip to WDW with our kids this past November!!

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love the nature pics. I think you are right. That must have been what Walt saw when he bought the land so long ago. The 4Seasons will be on the course? Bummer. Hope that doesn't spoil the nature vibe.

As a side note, my my mr. grouchy pants actually enjoyed his trip to NYC. He saw the rockettes ,central park and a beautiful cathedral. . Didn't think it was too bad. He even mentioned going back for a weekend. Hmmm now that would be fun. Loved the sushi place too.
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love the nature pics. I think you are right. That must have been what Walt saw when he bought the land so long ago. The 4Seasons will be on the course? Bummer. Hope that doesn't spoil the nature vibe.

As a side note, my my mr. grouchy pants actually enjoyed his trip to NYC. He saw the rockettes ,central park and a beautiful cathedral. . Didn't think it was too bad. He even mentioned going back for a weekend. Hmmm now that would be fun. Loved the sushi place too.
I think the 4 seasons is being built kind of next to the course- it's why I really wanted us to play there...it may one day not be a part of the WDW courses (it's rumoured).

So glad he had fun!! He must have gone to St. Patrick's Cathedral... it's where they show mass from on Christmas eve (at least around here). It is awe inspiring. Which sushi place did he go to? And if you come in for a weekend...you'd better let me know!!!
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I would have been so scared of hitting one of those animals or birds. So cool they just hang out there though. Guess they are pretty used to people.

Disney changing dates?! Who would have thunk it.
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Loved your animal golf partners! It's great you were able to book another trip for next fall - sounds like the start of a great tradition!
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Ellen -

What a great ending to your TR. I am so sad its over. But I can't wait for you to start your November TR.

Your pictures from the golf course are beautiful. Can I just go there and NOT golf???? It's like a nature perserve.

You must be so psyched to have next year planned already. I think September is a great time for a couple's trip.

What's this about F&W changing dates for next year?
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I would have been so scared of hitting one of those animals or birds. So cool they just hang out there though. Guess they are pretty used to people.

Disney changing dates?! Who would have thunk it.
All the animals were very tame, I guess they feel like they have nothing to worry about.

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Loved your animal golf partners! It's great you were able to book another trip for next fall - sounds like the start of a great tradition!
Well, that works for me!

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Ellen -

What a great ending to your TR. I am so sad its over. But I can't wait for you to start your November TR.

Your pictures from the golf course are beautiful. Can I just go there and NOT golf???? It's like a nature perserve.

You must be so psyched to have next year planned already. I think September is a great time for a couple's trip.

What's this about F&W changing dates for next year?
That golf course IS like a nature preserve. Right after I finished writing this yesterday, I saw that the course will be closed sometime in 2010. So sorry I won't be able to golf on it again with Pods....unless they mean the end of 2010.

And the 2010 F&W dates were printed on all this year's stuff as being 9/24 to the first week in November- now the website says it's going to start Oct 1 and go to the second week in Nov. Well, it will probably be a lot cheaper for us NOT to be there during F&W, and we'll be there for a couple of nights in November before the cruise, so I suppose we could cram it in then if we really wanted to, but it stinks as far as DVC is concerned- when you book out 11 months ahead of time and then a month or so later they change the dates. I would think they could look at a calendar and have a better clue than THAT!
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Awesome update Ellen !!! Loved the wildlife !!!
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Awesome update Ellen !!! Loved the wildlife !!!
Thanks, Rosie! The wildlife was excellent- too bad I wasn't fast enough to get a pic of the snake!
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Thanks, Rosie! The wildlife was excellent- too bad I wasn't fast enough to get a pic of the snake!
I wouldn't want to be close enuff to get a photo
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OR really does look like a gorgeous golf course! So sad your trip is over, but I'm looking forward to reading about the next one!
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Ellen -

Why do you think the gold course is closing???? I wonder what they will do with it. If you hear anything, let me know. I would love to go exploring there sometime. I love all your nature pictures. All the birds and animals are so cool.
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Ellen Have you seen how Thanks to you I am still multi pixing !! You are my HERO

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OR really does look like a gorgeous golf course! So sad your trip is over, but I'm looking forward to reading about the next one!
And I'm looking forward to reading about yours!

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Why do you think the gold course is closing???? I wonder what they will do with it. If you hear anything, let me know. I would love to go exploring there sometime. I love all your nature pictures. All the birds and animals are so cool.
Here is a link to the thread about Osprey Ridge, it may not be closing after all-

http://disboards.com/showthread.php?...3#post34706753

And why is it called the gold course?

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