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The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

The Legends is a 4-star Arnold Palmer design, and is the premier layout of the Orange Lake Resort. Orange Lake boasts upscale condominium style accommodations, villas and time share units, along with a full array of amenities such as swimming pools, tennis courts, mini golf, workout facility, meeting/conference areas, dining options and more. The golf complex features 36 holes of championship golf, the Legends Walk - a lit par three nine-hole course that takes tee times until 9 PM, plus Cranes Bend - a par 30 executive style 9-hole design. This review features photos and description of the Legends Course. For photos and info about Cranes Bend, Legends Walk, and the new resort course (The Reserve) - scroll down on this page...

The Legends at Orange Lake Resort
The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

The Legends opened in 1998 with two distinctive nine hole designs - a links open style front nine, plus a back side that features tree lined fairways and some rather formidable water hazards. The front winds through the resort community, while the finishing nine features seclusion amidst Florida pines, majestic oaks and dense natural areas. Water comes into play on four holes going out, and on 7 holes coming in and there are over 50 soft sand bunkers/waste areas situated along the fairways or greenside. Hole number 4 on the Links (front nine) is the longest at the Orange Lake complex - a par five that plays to 600 yards.

The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

Five sets of tees afford golfers with opportunities to play to distances and slopes measuring 7072 yards/132 slope, 6665 yards/129 slope, 6263 yards/124 slope, 5780 yards/120 slope and 5188 yards with a 120 slope for women playing from the forward sets. On course 150 yard stakes are visible on all par fours and fives, 100 and 200 yard blocks are positioned in the fairways, and color coded flags indicate the day's pin placements.

The Legends at Orange Lake Resort
The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

Wide fairways along the landscaped, rolling terrain provide significant landing zones on most holes on the Links nine, and the putting surfaces are large and undulating throughout. The four par threes on this championship course are an interesting group, some with rock retaining walls fronting the greens, which rest beyond treacherous water hazards. On the back side (Pines nine) golfers will encounter some narrow openings along tightly designed fairways - similar to the classic courses in North Carolina. The finishing hole on the Legends is the most memorable - a tight 440 yard par four that bends right to left with water to the left and a huge bunker fronting the narrow green complex - a great finish to a wonderful golf experience.

The Legends at Orange Lake Resort
The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

The Legends features its own clubhouse, with pro shop, dining/lounge area, and locker rooms with showers. There is a grass range on property as well as a large practice green. Also on the Orange Lake property is a lit driving range (in the process of renovation in the fall of 2005) plus the "Swings the Thing" Golf School - directed by Top 50 Instructors Rick McCord and Dick Farley, and rated among the 25 best golf schools in America by Golf Magazine. Call 407-905-1955 for details on the variety of instructional programs. For more info on the Legends including direct link to their website visit our page for them: click here.

The Legends at Orange Lake Resort
The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

*For a pictorial review of Cranes Bend par 30 9-hole executive course click here

* For a pictorial review of the Legends Walk - a nine-hole par three with tee times available until 9 PM click here

*For a PREVIEW photo display of the initial nine holes of the NEW Reserve championship course click here

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