Forest Lake Golf Club of Ocoee
|White (W)||72||5779 yards||73.5||127|
|Red (W)||72||5065 yards||68.7||117|
|Green M: 74.6/133||542||215||415||432||383||210||376||516||450||3539||534||400||397||566||224||413||223||448||477||3682||7221|
|Gold M: 72.9/130||525||180||400||410||369||185||358||500||420||3347||515||385||380||540||188||398||196||430||457||3489||6836|
|Blue M: 70.5/126||501||156||390||380||357||171||340||490||405||3190||485||365||367||515||170||342||163||365||425||3197||6387|
|White M: 68.0/119 W: 73.5/127||476||136||363||361||344||135||294||438||349||2896||414||303||353||497||155||327||131||325||378||2883||5779|
|Red W: 68.7/117||412||114||314||333||289||91||257||394||328||2532||398||262||281||459||100||310||109||304||310||2533||5065|
Always a very pleasant round…
Played as twosome. Pace was very good (3 3/4h). Course is in good condition, though some places fairways would need some attention. Greens are rather fast, but seem to be partly under reparation (!?). Bunkers and tee boxes are in good condition. Overall the course is very well playable and has partly an interesting layout.
Pretty good track
First time here, Course condition is good. Greens shrinkage is a little on the aggressive side. Greens officially were small with a nearly 3 foot fringe. Really looked like they forgot to cut the outer edge of greens. Makes greens artificially small and those original sizes were fine. That’s my only gripe. The course layout was good, glad I had someone with course knowledge, a little hard to figure out where to hit sometimes. GPS machine in carts is very detailed on front center and back, but also nice reminders about cart path only when you got to par 3’s, as well as pace of play reminders with the current play time and what time you should be at. We were well ahead of that time. Staff was polite and sent me off a little earlier since I was a single and they had a twosome going out. Paula Creamer shot a 68 here. I love her...lol
Pub looks a little like a dive bar, but server was nice and the burger was Very very good. Not a complex menu but they did make a mean burger. Price is definitely good too, well worth it.
Played Forest Lake on vacation. They have a real nice range and multiple chipping areas. The greens were very well maintained. Some real nice par 3's . course played harder when the wind kicked up, i would play it again
Forest Lake Golf Club – Just You, Nature and That Little White Ball
As Florida golf courses go, Forest Lake is an anomaly. Oh sure, it has all the trappings of your typical Florida daily fee golf facility: pristine, natural lakes, a wide variety of Florida flora and fauna, gently rolling fairways and large undulating greens. But what sets Forest Lake apart from other courses in the Orlando area is the homes – or in this case, the lack thereof. It is a true Parkland golf experience.
Forest Lake is located in Ocoee, FL, and sits on over 218 acres of Central Florida’s ridge area, which provided the golf course design firm of Clifton, Ezell and Clifton tons of superb sandy loam. The course also sits atop the City’s effluent disposal field, giving them adequate access to water for irrigation, a precious commodity in the Florida golf industry. Also, the course drains very well, so you just might find yourself being able to get out and play a round of golf here, while other courses remain closed after inclement weather.
The course opened in 1994 and has been rated 4-Stars by Golf Digest in their Places to Play. Forest Lake features five sets of tees, setting up a playable yardage for all golfers, from seasoned professionals to beginners. From the back tees, the course measures 7,221 yards with a slope of 133. Most golfers will find that the Blue Tees (6387 yards/126 slope) will provide all the golf course they can handle and still leave with a little dignity. Ladies will be challenged from the Red Tees which measure 5065 yards with a slope rating of 117.
Forest Lake boasts a pretty impressive practice facility. There’s a full length driving range where you can hit every club in the bag, a chipping area with “blast” bunker and a large practice putting green. On our visit, the range was packed with players of all ages and abilities.
Lush, rolling fairways are generous off the tees and give way to large, undulating greens that can be hard to read for a first-time player, as I experienced. They may not be the quickest in the area, but they roll true and are consistent from hole to hole. The more you play them, the better you’re going to do.
The front side has some modest roll to it and the first hole demands an accurate tee shot between a couple of lakes, but from there the hole opens up. For most players it’s a three-shot par 5, however with a great tee shot, the green is reachable. Sand guards the front left side of the green with large mounding protecting the right front.
The par 3 holes out here are very challenging; from the back tees: you won’t find one less than 210 yards. The second hole is the only one without water and features a very long and deceptive tiered green. Anyone who feels that par 3s are the easiest holes on a golf course needs to book a round on Forest Lake!
Holes 3-7 are situated on the western side of the 429 Expressway; you get there by taking the tunnel underneath the road. Like most of the holes they are tree lined; you better have control of your irons if you’re going to score well over here. The seventh hole is the shortest par 4 and, depending on the tee placement could be in reach for big hitters. The green is protected by a deep greenside bunker.
If your tendency is to hit the ball left, number 9 could prove to be a bit of a problem. It’s a 405-yard (Blue Tees) par 4, with a large fairway bunker on the left side in the landing area and another large bunker that guards the entire left side. Keep it right and your problems will be limited.
For me, the back nine had a lot of character and featured more subtle elevation changes from hole to hole. The final six holes were all memorable, especially the par 3 holes. Number 13 is a long double dogleg par 5 that demands an accurate tee shot to avoid the massive waste bunker on the right and fairway bunker on the left, and then an accurate layup shot that makes it to the second dogleg, yet avoids the fairway bunker in the landing area. Success to this point will leave a short pitch shot to a small, softly undulating green. Three well executed shots from tee to green can result in a low number.
Number 14 is a par 3 and is undoubtedly the course’s signature hole. From the Blue Tees, it plays 170 yards and is not only the most photographed on the course, it’s one of the toughest par 3s in the area. It’s all carry over water with expansive bunkers front left and back right. The green features some deceptive undulations.
The 15th hole plays 342 yards (Blue Tees) and is very photogenic, with a creek crossing the middle of the fairway. If you’re playing either of the back two sets of tees, the creek can easily come into play, however from all other tee boxes it’s easy to carry and the hole becomes a relatively short dogleg right. If you want to cut the corner of the dogleg, go for it. Just be wary of the trees that can impair your approach shot to a long but narrow green that’s well protected by bunkers. Believe it or not, this hole is handicapped the toughest on the back side. From the back tees, I can see why.
If the first par 3 on the back side didn’t get your attention, Number 16 certainly will. It plays about the same length – 163 yards from the Blue Tees - but offers a little bit of relief with a bailout area left of the green. Anything right will find the water or foliage and anything long will find the sand. This is another par 3 where par is good.
Number 17 is a dogleg left par 4 that plays 342 yards and, if you haven’t played the course before, you might think it goes right. The landing area is framed by bunkers and there is a fair amount of sand to the right of the green. Two well struck shots can set up a makeable birdie opportunity.
Forest Lake finishes strong with a 425 yard, par 4 dogleg left that requires an accurate tee shot between two bunkers. This leaves a long to mid iron slightly uphill into a small green surrounded by sand. A challenging end to a challenging golf course.
Last Word: Forest Lake is a Take-Your-Clubs-Out-Of-The-Trunk-Throw-Them-on-A-Cart-And -Head-To-The-First-Tee kind of place. The bag drop is easily accessible and the carts are right there. Greens fees are some of the lowest in the area, year-round! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and leaves you feeling welcome and wanting to return. The beverage cart runs every day! In fact, the guys who designed the course years ago – George Clifton and Ken Ezell - still own and operate it; that’s how much they think of Forest Lake.
All carts are equipped with the Pro Shot GPS system which provides accurate yardage to the front, center and middle of the green as well as distance to and over hazards. No maps, everything is displayed in text format. Simple is definitely better.
Water comes into play on about 8 holes and with the exception of the two par 3s on the back, there are no unmanageable forced caries. For the most part, the wet stuff can be found on the peripheries of the fairways, forcing you to hit it straight or pay the price.
The day we played, the pace of play was fantastic. We played as a twosome and had a threesome in front of us. I felt like we were constantly being held up, yet we finished the round in a little more than 4 hours including a short brake at their Rusty Niblick Grill. And, in case you’re wondering, they did end up letting us play through!
Forest Lakes offers an annual membership that includes year-round discounts on greens and cart fees, 8-day advanced tee times, USGA handicap service, discounted range balls and a 10% discount on pro shop merchandise. You’ll also be eligible for Forest Lake’s annual tournaments including the Club Championship.
Came out today feb 2 18 with 3 more of my buddies all I can say that Chinese- Korean guy needs to be got rid of. He is very rude and he made me feel like a idiot talking the way he did to me while people was behind me.. there are at times when we have 6 to 8 people there with us . If this continues you will have more to leave. Yes I know you don’t need us in the winter months but summer months are different.i know you have people that has left our group just may be next
Great experience at Forest Lake
This was my first time playing Forest Lake. While I've heard great things about the course, they are not on golfnow and I hadn't ventured out to this part of town. Boy, I am glad my group and I decided to play here. We tee'd off at 830 on a friday morning and finished our round at about noon.The pace of play was fantastic. We decided to play another 18 since we finished so quickly so the pro shop attendant sent us out again right after lunch. Again, the pace of play was great! Lunch by the way was excellent. The best $6 sandwich I have ever had.
The course itself is unique in that this part of Central Florida offers some fun elevation changes that the course takes advantage of. Their most unique holes to me were two of the par 3's on the back 9. The tee boxes are mostly all in good condition as are the fairways and greens. Overall, I found the course to be unique, challenging and most importantly fun. It was also a good challenge but also fun for my girlfriend and my dad.
The staff at the course was very friendly, helpful and you feel like you wanted to return. Even though they are not on golfnow, I would certainly recommend playing here.
Thank you for the comments. Please come back when your in the area. We are making improvements each month!
Forest Lake Golf Club
3:00 pm tee time w/ buddy for $20/ea direct thru course web site. Nice fun course in better than good condition. Tee boxes, fairways & greens plush. Greens rolling medium fast paced but not true on some holes. Like most of Florida, fairways need water.Most of course is links style w/ wide tee shot landing areas. No homes on most of course but not serene, a lot of traffic noise because of proximity to Toll Road 429. Still a fun course w/ lots of man -made scenic nature. Has nice Pro shop that well stocked. Gas powered carts w/ windshield, rain cover in back, & no frills GPS.Will replay again in near future.
Thanks for playing and taking the time to download some pictures. Look forward to your return.
Nice Local Gem!
Our threesome played the course on a sunny, warm saturday in March. They had a nice warm-up area complete with 2 chipping areas and a very tricky practice green.
The carts have a basic GPS system which showed the distance to the hole. The fairways were in great shape as were the bunkers. The greens were a little bumpy, but it is March so I wasn't expecting pristine conditions.
The staff was great, and they even had a ranger that helped keep pokey golfers moving so as to minimize backups. There was a beverage cart that came around several times, and the club house bar/grille was very nice.
Overall, we enjoyed our experience and would definitely play the course again.
This is mostly a locals course, and it is a little rough around the edges -- the rough is spotty, the tee boxes are not manicured, there's very little service beyond the cart girl. That said, the layout is outstanding. The green complexes are interesting and challenging, and the greens themselves always roll true.
If you like great golf and are willing to pass up the frills, you will have an excellent time at Forest Lake.
Great out of the way course
Not overly long, but challenging all the same. Well placed bunkers. Generous fairways.
Only course we played in a week that had on-board GPS.
Fairways, traps and greens were in excellent condition. Rake is in the cart, so don't leave it behind.
Overall, a definite to add to your playlist.
No Homes! Rare for Orlando!
I played Forest Lake with a super senior(83)and appreciated our friendly welcome from the staff. They offered a flag and we accepted.
Course was in great shape. We're from Ohio and Maryland and surprised to hear that many Orlando course's didn't have a good winter and are in very rough shape.
Not this one!! Greens were quick, and consistent. The full white sanded bunkers were trimmed. Fairways were green, well defined with a fresh cut. Great GPS to help keep pace. The golf course is straight forward. Multiple tees allow you to choose how much of this great design you want to see. The layout is great and all golf, NO homes..rare for Orlando!
Clubhouse served a very nice after round lunch. Great price and super value. 25 minutes from downtown Orlando and well worth the drive!
A hidden good course…
I played this course since +/- 20 years several times per year and it is just a very good track with interesting layout, although not too difficult. Tee boxes and bunkers in good condition. Fairways need a little attention some places. Greens are rather fast and true. Staff cordial, but in pro shop only, no one at the bag drop or outside, but it is OK.
Overall – a very good track near Orlando with very considerable rates, but tee times can be booked directly with the pro shop (phone or online – after registration) only.
Fun course and easy to access!
Much improved conditions from last time I played here( 6 months ago) lots of new signage and all bunkers were well raked and maintained. Greens were in nice shape and speed was good. Restaurant food was excellent as well. Easy to get to off 429.
Little known fact: Camilo Villegas and Inbee Park hold the tournament records at this former mini-tour stop. A very good layout. However, hard economic times and few area golfers have necessitated cut-backs in maintenance. Still a good place for the advanced golfer to practice. No houses. Course surrounded by West Orange Trail (bike/walk).
A little rough around the edges but still good
I like this layout although its rarely in the condition it should be. This is a locals course for a solid price. You can have a good game, score well but there will be times you're fighting the conditions of the greens or fairways. This is out in Ocoee about 25 minutes from downtown Orlando and worth the drive solely based on the value.
If you want/need a course with great conditions, this isn't for you. You can play a quick 18 holes if you start out early... a late afternoon game can find you waiting on a couple with one spouse teaching the other how to play or a couple juniors practicing for their high school team.
I've played in just under 3 hours and been stuck for a close to 5 hour round here.... all depends.
My home course
This course is a lot of fun. It is not terribly difficult and there are no houses on it (rare in the Orlando area). They offer great membership deals to Ocoee residents and have decent practice facilities for chipping, putting and driving. Always enjoy a morning or afternoon out on this course.
Good place to waste an afternoon...
First of all the course itself is not bad albeit nothing special, the layout was pretty straight forward. Although there were some patchy areas the fairways were in decent shape and the green were among the best I've seen at this price point. Very smooth and rolled true.
The bad part was the pace of play. Absolutely horrible, by the third hole not only were we waiting to tee off, we were waiting on the group ahead to tee off and get out of the way, and it was like that every hole. There was no ranger out there making groups pick up the pace and the drink cart didnt make an appearance until the 9th hole!? 2 of the players in our foursome quit and left after 12 holes due to the pace of play so I can confidently say it is not worth the money even as cheap ($35) as we got out there for. I would never recommend this course to anyone. Also this really shouldn't mean anything but they didnt even have carts ready for us when we got there so that was my first tip that this might not be the most professionally run golf course.
If groups are falling behind pace and playing slowly it is absolutely the golf courses fault. They are in charge of everything that happens on that course. There is no excuse for them allowing that. Well run courses monitor the pace of play and ask you to pick up the pace if you are behind schedule.
if the people who play in front of you are just slow and don't know how to play its not the courses fault. You could have said something and there. done.
In all fairness to the course, the reviewer was playing on a Saturday in season. Almost every central Florida course is this way in those conditions.