The Legends at Orange Lake Resort

4.0401000000 4.0 stars from 5 (723)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7072 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 74.3
  • Layout

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  • 8505 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, Kissimmee, Florida 34747, Orange County
  • (888) 657-3529, (407) 239-1050
  • (407) 905-1355
  • www.orangelake.com
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Year built: 1998
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1998)
Type: Resort
Greens: Bermuda
Fairways: Floradwarf – an Ultradwarf Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "The McCord Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Teal 72 7072 yards 74.3 132
Black 72 6665 yards 72.0 129
Blue 72 6263 yards 70.3 124
White 72 5780 yards 67.8 120
Yellow 72 5188 yards 69.6 120

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 723 Reviews
5 stars:
264
4 stars:
305
3 stars:
94
2 stars:
39
1 stars:
21

recommend this course

613 out of 720 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort near local attractions convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks dinner patio dining  

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"Nice course"


Birdiegord's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The layout is very good, the course was good but fairways are a little thin and the greens had a few bad spots. Overall it was an enjoyable round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Arnie passed away and his course at Orange Lake is next"


YGuys's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Well, what to say. Played this course many times in the last 10 years. Used to be one of my favorites, anywhere. Probably played it for the last time today. It's on a steady decline, and has hit bottom. Course condition was wretched. We got an excuse about the bad timing of an overseeding project. Not buying it. That can't explain the weeds and numerous dead spots in the greens. Huge bare spots on tee boxes which are now uneven and lumpy. Bunkers with too much sand some with barely any. At two points carts were being directed to drive over the red tee boxes which looked like cart path anyway. No one to greet you. No one at the finish. Half stocked pro shop. Nearly Out of range balls and out of one bucket we did get we pulled out 10 that had covers coming off them. Found 2 ballwashers on the course and no beverage cart. Top that off with scorecards printed on site on cheap paper with an ink jet printer and you've got nothing more than low level muni. Bottom line don't play it at any rate. Too many good options out there.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Over priced for what you get."


jimwalt's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I can not believe the condition of the fairways and greens, poor for both. I have played $40 courses near here that are better condition.

Shame to see as I always found this track a step above but no longer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Needs water"


Tim1751128's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways are brown and cut o the dirt. It would be nice to have some grass under your ball.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



railgolf's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great layout. Some pretty and challenging holes.

Greens in good condition.

Great fun.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



moirsam's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Legends is in poor shape needs alot of TLC. I don't think that Arnie would appreciate the shape its in.

There are alot better coures out there for the same money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Total lack of course maintenance of a great Arnold Palmer design!"


golfer5921's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Have played the Legend frequently for the last 20 years. It was always in pristine shape with visiting pga players in orlando frequenting it. For the last 5 years it has gone down continually with very poor management of greens , fairways and bunkers. Turf in the fairways is matted brown grass that does not appear to be growing. Bare spots are numerous .In some fairways you cant even move the ball around to find a descent lie. Greens are very bumpy with so many weeds growing on them , you have to move your ball to get a clear putt to the hole. The greens desperately need a total makeover which is obviously long over due. Bunkers have deep loose sand which makes a skillful shot almost impossible. The worst thing I see is no one working to improve the conditions! Even the driving range is not being maintained and yet they are charging exorbitant prices for a bucket of balls!

Orange lake is a quality gold crown resort which has allowed a company with either no financial ability or knowledge to manage the 3 courses on site. Shame on who ever has allowed this wonderful layout to be destroyed! There are many resort owners including myself who are very upset and are leaving the resort to play elsewhere because of the terrible conditions of their courses! Please be warned!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/22/2017

I couldn't agree more with the previous comment made with regards to poor management of the orange lake legends golf course. I would like to add that not only the legends golf course has suffered, but also the reserve and cranes Bend. It has always been considered a real treat and pleasure to play the legends golf course since it was built in 1998, the goal that I am certain Mr. Palmer had in mind. It absolutely hurts to see such a wonderful golf course go downhill as it has since orange lake turned it over to integrity. Being an owner here at Orange Lake since 1987, it was always something that not only myself, but others that have been invited to join me looked forward too. I sincerely hope that Mr. Harrill reviews these comments and makes a very, very tough decision as to how this can be changed and improved. Until then, the amount of golf our group will play on this premise will be extremely limited.


Commented on 03/20/2017

This is an accurate description of the course as of March 19th, 2017.


"Great deal"


RomeoSierra's avatar
Age:  65+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Best deal I have seen at this course. Slow play but average for Florida (5 hours). 4 alligators none in the fairways. Challenging but rewarding with good fairways.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Would 100% go back"


Joseph7193040's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Love this course. Everything about it. Love Orange Lakes Courses.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice layout"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has wide open fairways which was nice, the condition of the fairways could be kept up better. My biggest problem was the scorecard did not have a picture of each hole and their was no picture of the hole at the hole and a couple of times I got in trouble hitting driver off the tee box if I would of known their was hazards I would of play differently .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Needs work"


arfelin's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played course several times over the past 10 years, and second time this year.

In our opinion:

the conditions were the worst of all the times we've played. Some fairways had holes that were about 6 inches in diameter, probably made by some animal. Several greens had burned out areas on them. The person we were paired with agreed that the conditions were very bad. We were surprised at the conditions, and disappointed because the layout is good. For the price, we won't return this year.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Owner of this course a major dissappointment"


uSZSG7320SZ's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017

Reviewed on

Arnold Palmer would not be pleased to see one of his good creations in such poor condition. The owners obviously either don't care or have no common sense when it comes to having such a great layout and a very poor conditioned golf course. Hardly much grass on the fairways and on the greens with lots of bare spots. Fairway bunkers had way too much sand in them which made the ball sit down and swings difficult to execute along with the green side bunkers again too much sand, poorly maintained and all balls would bury into fried egg lies.

It is very obvious why this course is not busy at all. The price they are asking to play is twice what it's worth and my

Recommendation is to avoid playing here and spend your time and money where they appreciate golfers who spend their money wanting to play a decent golf course.

Even the employee are angry about the conditions because it affects their livelihood as well


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Stressed"


johnlusher's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course is very thirsty. Overseed seems dead. Fairways are almost bare. A little grass in shady spots. Greens are spotted with some kind of critter damage. No repair attempt evident. Saw one maintenance crew on the course and they were spreading pine straw on ornamentals. Course needs maintenance badly and soon. So much better in the past. Can't recommend as is.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



fsandrin's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Sad Changes"


quaero4's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

We have played, and always enjoyed, this course for many years of golf junkets to Orlando. Extremely disappointed and saddened this year. Weeds growing on some greens. Bare and uneven tee boxes. Hard to find good lies in some fairways. What really indicated where this once plush course is going were the self-printed scorecards. Clearly they do not have the money to keep the course up as it deserves. Great layout. Could be a very special venue. So sad.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Going down hill"


u697105708's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Orange lake is a huge resort area. I have played the legends over the years. Each time I come down, the conditions get worse and worse. It is no way worth rack rate to play here. I play for the convinance of being at the resort.

I do like how some of the holes were designed. You can really use your imagination on how you want to play the hole.

I just can't see that they don't have money to make this course great. They always seemed to be packed with green fees.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Sparse fairways and greens with sand piles in them"


u000006251899's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Turf condition very poor

Sand piles on greens

Weeds growing on greens

Won't go back


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



pglynn60's avatar
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Disappointed"


dsutter1911's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the money we paid this was a pure robbery there are many different golf course to play in the area that are in much better shape would not recommend this to anyone


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Charming course"


pelaorojas's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greeted by friendly staff that loaded cart immediately. Starter paired us with another couple from Canada. Putting practice area right next to tee number 1 to calibrate before round. Tee boxes are in great shape, fairways are wide open, greens roll nicely. The course layout is challenging and flag placement can make some greens difficult. Played in 4 hours and enjoyed every hole. Will come back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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