Falcon's Fire Golf Club Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.3

Golf - Public Course · 72 Holes · Par 72
Kissimmee, FL
Website
Date Last Played: February 28, 2010

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Falcon's Fire Golf Club Review

Falcon's Fire Golf Club has been voted the best public golf course in Orlando by Orlando Magazine, is a Four Star Golf Digest award winner, was listed as “Best Golf Course in Florida” by Florida Monthly, and is included in America’s Top 100 Golf Shops (Golf World Business Magazine) for several years. Rees Jones designed a fun and challenging layout with:

  • extensive perimeter mounding
  • gentle but fast undulating greens
  • excellent conditions
  • 140 light fluffy white sand bunkers of all shapes and sizes
  • water on 12 holes
  • colorful and well maintained landscaping
  • tree lined fairways
  • fairway grass bunkers just waiting for your shots

Falcon's Fire reopened in October 2009 after undergoing an extensive $1 million renovation which included a complete overhaul of all the greens (adding more challenging undulation and Tif-Eagle grass), a redesign of 128 traps (reshaped and made more impeding but more visible), and resculpting the fairways to bring the bunkers much closer to the perimeter of the fairways – all of which added more shape and character to the holes and made playing Falcon’s Fire more psychologically demanding and a true test of your golfing prowess!

The layout is pretty straight forward and what you see is what you’ll get but Falcon's Fire puts a premium on club selection, course management, and shot making. From most of the tee boxes you to need a precise landing to stay dry or out of the sand and accuracy is required on most approaches to the greens which are surrounded by trees, mounds, bunkers, or water. On some holes you’ll find some challenging risk reward or go-for-it opportunities. #13 is a good example, a 394 yard par four that horseshoes around a sparkling lake to a small oval green protected by the lake and a huge bus sized bunker. How much of the lake do you want to risk carrying and landing without hitting any of the "Bunker Hill" and its 15 bunkers leading to the green? Make sure you save some strength and distance for the 18th – a 464 yard par 4 dog leg left to a slightly elevated small green.

 

When we played in February, the course was dormant and over-seeded except for the greens. Two weeks of unusually cold and harsh weather had impacted the conditions the week prior to our playing. We still found the fairways and roughs to be in very good condition. The greens were in excellent condition, hard and fast with both slope and some undulation. Putting didn’t seem to be an issue.

 

Bottom line, Falcon's Fire is an excellent course, very fair, and one where you have an opportunity to score well if you can keep the ball in play. We played Falcon's Fire as part of a fun filled seven days in Orlando where we rode in an Indy race car, saw alligators on an air-boat ride, sky dived in a wind tunnel, flew a 1946 World War II fighter trainer, para-sailed, swam with the manatees, ate too much good food, enjoyed some fun nightlife, golfed 9 different courses, and got very little sleep! Read our Orlando Vacation article to learn more about this adventure packed vacation.

Head Pro's Corner


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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,901 71.8 138
Blue 6,473 71.7 132
White 6,080 69.9 125
Red 5,417 71.6 126

Course Information

Course Architect:
Rees Jones
Greens Condition
9.0
Greens Difficulty
8.5
GPS:
Yes
Walkable:
Yes
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 12 holes and the 140 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.3 out of 10
Beauty:
8.0
Difficulty:
8.0
Variety:
8.0
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
9.0
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.0
Back Nine Rating:
8.0
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$39.00 to $129.00

Service is good, the pro shop has some of everything you need, and make sure you spend time on the practice facility before you head out.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking. 

 

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