Falcon's Fire Reopens after Greens Restoration

By: Tim McDonald


If you've ever played Falcon's Fire in the Orlando area, you know that superb conditioning, a playable layout and excellent service have always been the main attractions at the Rees Jones-designed course that's been around since 1993.

They know a good thing down there in Kissimmee, and it appears they're working to keep those who love the course for the above reasons happy.

The course recently reopened after a renovation in which they rebuilt the greens to their original specifications. As all course superintendents and many golfers know, greens tend to shrink as courses age.

The new greens are TifEagle, an advanced strain of Bermuda grass that stands up well to drought, disease, wear and other strains that grasses endure on a golf course.

I've always liked the greens at Falcons Fire, particularly if I'm in a slump and need to post a good score so I can brag about it later.

First of all, most of them are open in front and you can play the bump-and-run. Some of the greens are set at angles to the fairways, which makes them more interesting. Lastly, they're fun to putt on because they roll true and have just enough slope and undulation to make it challenging.

The course is – there is no other way to say it – easy. And that's a good thing in this case. Easy doesn't always have to mean bland. Falcon's Fire has enough risk-reward options to keep you engaged throughout the round. The terrain has movement to it, and there are always those graceful wading birds and other wildlife to look at.

Course officials also reshaped bunkers and improved the irrigation around the green complexes.

For more information, call 407-239-5445.

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