By Bill Sangster

There are several popular golf courses surrounding Walt Disney World and Universal theme parks, and one of them is the Orange Lake Legends Championship Golf Course.

If you’re a golfer and have been looking for the “perfect” course to visit while on vacation in Orlando with your family, the 7,072-yard Orange Lake Legends Championship Golf Course should be on the list. It was designed by Arnold Palmer. It offers golfers a magical journey on a course that brings you two distinct golfing experiences rolled into one 18-hole course.

The front nine resembles a Scottish link-style course with beautiful flowing fairways and a natural setting on some holes that are reminiscent of days when mid-mashies, mashie niblick and putting cleeks were found in every golf bag.

Hole No. 4 is a massive 610-yards from the tips and challenges golfers to test both their driving skills and fairway woods over and around some strategically placed hazards. “Good luck to ya, laddie.”

The back nine has its own distinct personality, with towering southern pines and water on almost every hole. The fairways are lined with stately live oaks waving majestically as your shot tries to find a safe passageway with waste areas adjacent to your tee-shot landing areas. For a brief moment, you’ll catch yourself thinking that you are golfing in South Carolina.

My round on The Legends Course was enjoyable as I navigated unique settings, both natural and man-made. The conditions were superb, about as perfect as any course I have played on in a long time.

The tee boxes were over=seeded and gave you a nice comfortable driving opportunity on every hole. The fairways were lush green around the edges and the tight=lie areas were well manicured and groomed.

Bermuda was the predominant vegetation found in the rough, and bunkers were filled with beautiful white sand that is seldom found on public courses. The most impressive part of my day was the condition of the greens. They were awesome! More