A Fresh Approach: Falcon’s Fire Golf Club

Falcon's Fire GC, in Orlando, Florida has a fresh new look
Falcon’s Fire GC, in Orlando, Florida has a fresh new look including smooth new putting surfaces.

When Flagstick Editorial Director Scott MacLeod first played the Falcon’s Fire Golf Club soon after it opened in 1993 he says he was smitten with the facility.  The Rees Jones layout was not only in a convenient location, with reach of just about everything in Kissimmee, Florida, but it had a design with greater appeal that many of those found in the Sunshine State.  At nearly 7000 yards long it is dotted with bunkers and laid out in a manner that makes it equally enjoyable from each of its four sets of tees.

Through the years the golf club became a favourite for those in central Florida but in recent years began to show a little normal wear.  Thankfully, significant recent renovations have restored the original lustre of the club, arguably making it even better than when it first opened.

MacLeod was joined by Flagstick Publisher Jeff Bauder and Canadian Tour member Matt McQuillan for a look at the updates in late January and they say they left very impressed, especially with the greens.  Resurfaced with TifEagle grass, an ultradwarf variety of Bermuda grass, the greens are now smoother and faster than ever.  They don’t have the typical grainy nature of most Florida putting surfaces.

Around the putting greens there have also been a number of other investments and changes. Bunkers have been reshaped and the irrigation and drainage system for the surfaces has been upgraded.  The club is also making a significant investment in the clubhouse where they are updating the look to reflect modern tastes.

Head professional Alex Forsythe says the reaction to the changes have been nothing but positive.  “I think all golfers really appreciate the changes and as the greens mature they will only get better,” he told Flagstick.  “The comments from golfers who have been here before is that they are excited to come back and make it a regular stop again.”

In conjunction with the renovations Marriott Golf, one of the country’s premier golf management companies, has assumed management of Falcon’s Fire Golf Club.  Marriott Golf will oversee all aspects of the club operation, including golf course maintenance, instructional programs, food and beverage services and overall golf programming.  To fall in line with Marriott’s commitment to environmental stewardship, plans call for Falcon’s Fire to pursue certification through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program.

Also new to the club is Steve Schaller, who has been named General Manager.  A Class “A” Member of The PGA of America, Schaller has been with the Marriott Golf team for 25 years and has served at some of the Company’s premier facilities.

“Falcon’s Fire has been a favourite of travelers and locals since it opened in 1993, and the recent facelift, highlighted by restoring the greens to original specifications, will allow Falcon’s Fire to once again restore its rightful place as the best place to play in Central Florida,” said Schaller.

For more information on Falcon’s Fire Golf Club, visit www.falconsfire.com.

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