Falcon's Fire Golf Club

Falcon’s Fire Golf ClubYou’ll know Falcon’s Fire Golf Club is different even before you’re offered free valet parking by a member of their welcoming staff. You might have recognized something was different as early as when you booked your tee-time, whether through their easy-to-follow online service (that’ll also save you on your greens fee) or you were greeted on the phone by one of the friendly pro-shop staff who’ll make every effort to get you the time you prefer, whether as a single or a group.

Maybe you just rolled out of your luxury accommodations at the adjacent Gaylord Palms Hotel. Maybe you’ve already been through a hard day or two at one of Orlando’s hundreds of conventions. Maybe you’re down on vacation and have just dropped the kids at one of the theme parks. You’ll quickly recognize that one of Falcon’s Fire’s best assets is its location, five minutes from Disney World, 15 minutes from the Convention Center and the Orlando International Airport. Falcon’s Fire is in the middle of everything, yet is a quiet oasis within vibrant Orlando.

Once the valet has parked your car, the pampering country club service you’ve heard word of is already delivering you to a golf nirvana unlike any other in Central Florida. You breeze through a golf shop voted one of America’s Top 100 by its peers, with a selection of golf clubs, quality accessories and apparel second to no one. Need a set of clubs and shoes for the day? Falcon’s Fire has premium sets from Titleist, Cobra, TaylorMade, Ping, Callaway and Nike in an entire range of lengths and shaft flex options. Perhaps you just want to hit a bucket of balls on the open-dawn-to-dusk practice range, or maybe you’ve booked a pre-round lesson with one of several PGA-qualified instructors. If so, you’ll approach the first tee with more confidence in your game.

Oh yes, the first tee. This is where you’ll remind yourself that Falcon’s Fire is a Rees Jones classic. The son of Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Rees has built his own reputation for architectural excellence. Recognized as the “Open Doctor”, Jones has been brought in to upgrade classic major tournament courses for the USGA and PGA. You’ve seen Jones’ work at Pinehurst #2 for the U.S. Open and at Baltusrol for the PGA. He’s also done redesign work at Atlanta Athletic Club, Bethpage Black, Congressional, East Lake, Hazeltine and Medinah, just to name a few. His original designs include Atlantic Golf Club on Long Island, Greystone in Birmingham and LPGA International in Daytona Beach. Falcon’s Fire follows Jones’ mantra to a tee. Or actually to four of them on each hole, offering what he likes to call “reasonable challenges that are continually interesting to play.”

Something you might not immediately recognize on the first tee, but at some point early on will subtly make its presence known, is the incredible grooming of the course done by the top-notch maintenance staff. Falcon’s Fire likes to boast of Tournament-quality conditions 12 months of the year. Something else you will recognize at #1 is the extensive bunkering, perimeter mounding, and elevated greens that Jones put into place to provide defense on the otherwise fairly flat terrain. 128 bunkers are strategically placed around Falcon’s Fire, 13 of them on the hole named “Quick Start.”

The second hole, “Water’s Edge”, introduces yet another of Jones’ features at Falcon’s Fire. The short par-4 is the first of nine holes that brings water into play. A long diagonal bunker and more water come into play on “Short One”, the par-3 third. The short par-5 fourth allows you the opportunity to “Go For Broke” if your drive lands between the fairway bunkers.

The fifth and seventh holes, a long par-4 and testing par-5 will challenge your mid-to-long iron game. This is a prime spot to take advantage of your GPS system that will not only give you satellite-accurate yardages to bunkers, trees and greens, but will offer tips on playing the holes, allow you to order food and beverages from their wonderful kitchen and even keep you up on the latest sports scores. But you’d better be back in pure “golf mode” when you reach the diabolical par-3 eighth. Named “Falcon’s Pride”, you’re forced to carry water off the tee to a green with bunkers front and rear.

After you’ve made the turn at #9 and 10, get ready to smile for the cameras and hit your best shot of the day. When you checked in, you automatically entered Falcon’s Fire’s Hole-In-One Challenge. Ace the 11th from 150 yards or more and you’ll win $5,000, and also put a lasting smile on the pro shop staff’s faces when they show you the tape after your round. Five golfers collected the prize in 2004. You can join them soon!

While much of Falcon’s Fire is links-style, you’ll play through an “Oak Grove” at the long par-4 12th before emerging to the tee of Falcon’s Fire’s signature hole, the dogleg right par-4 13th. Named “Bunker Hill”, #13 challenges you to bite off as much of the lake on the right as you dare off the tee, reaching a landing area between the lake and 14 pot bunkers. One more pot bunker and larger bunker awaits you left of the green with the lake extending past the green on the right. Be on the lookout for the “Falcon’s Lair” in the cypress grove behind the par-5 14th.

The final three holes, progressively longer par-4’s offer a great finish with differing challenges. “Double Dip” forces you to hit a landing area between lakes right and left off the tee at 16. #17 is a “Test of Courage” with water all the way down the left side. The home hole, “Falcon’s Fire”, is the course’s longest par-4, and a great way to complete your round. Though only 6,100 yards from the white tees and less than 6,500 from the blue tees, slope ratings of 132 from the blue and 125 from the white prove you’ve been challenged all the way around Falcon’s Fire. But your experience can be far from finished.

If the extremely playable round of golf hasn’t been unwinding enough, the hospitality and relaxing atmosphere of the Falcon’s Nest Restaurant will clinch the “unparalleled experience” of Falcon’s Fire. Whether you’re on your own, or a part of one of the many outings, receptions, parties and meetings our first-class catering operation supports each year, you’ll be made to feel more than a guest, you’ll feel like a member at Falcon’s Fire—something that is important and appreciated. The proof in that claim is in the awards that Falcon’s Fire has received, four-stars from Golf Digest’s Places to Play, multiple awards as one of the top courses in Florida by other golf magazine’s readers, as a course the Champions Tour qualifing school and Oldsmobile/ Buick Scramble have returned year after year.

You’ll be missed after your car is brought around and they help you pack up your clubs. But they are confident that their track record and reputation show year after year, that even with all the golf options available to you in the Orlando area, they have made you want to come back and see them at Falcon’s Fire Golf Club again, and again. For more information, call locally at (407) 239-5445, toll free at (877) 878-FIRE, or log on to www.falconsfire.com .


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