Only the brave survive the back nine of the Legends golf course at Orange Lake Resort in Kissimmee
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- It's no surprise that the Legends Course at Orange Lake Resort shares similarities with the Championship Course at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in nearby Orlando.
Arnold Palmer, Bay Hill's owner since 1975, designed the Legends Course in 1998. The Legends can't match Bay Hill -- home to a PGA Tour event since 1979 -- for sheer star power and popularity. Its shot values and scenery, especially on the dramatic back nine, compare favorably, however.
The first eight holes essentially ease players into the round, giving them a false sense of security heading into an epic stretch of shot-making.
Wide fairways over the Legend's last 10 holes funnel to greens guarded by rock-lined ponds, a look made famous by Bay Hill's famous 18th hole. Water comes into play on the approach shots at nos. 9-10, nos. 12-16 and no. 18. While that might sound a bit repetitive, the mix of par 3s and par 4s create variety and drama. It's a grueling test of your iron game.
The toughest approach from the 6,263-yard blue tees comes last at the 18th green. It's more about survival than scoring on this treacherous back nine.
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