Orange Lakes Resort – The Reserve

Renovations are meant to improve what is already there. But how does one improve something that has since been known as excellent? How does an artist create a new level of ‘excellent’ to top that which is already loved for so long? This has been the burden that golf course architect Mike Dasher had to face when he recreated The Reserve Course at the Orange Lakes Resort in Kissimmee, Florida. This golf vacation destination was the original Resort course in the facility, with an even more stellar name at the helm – Joe Lee. And the result speaks for itself and for Dasher.

The course is now an 18-hole spectacle, par-71, that winds through water, sand and trees. All that combines for some of the most memorable, and most exciting golf vacation experiences anyone could ever find in the Central Florida area. The course is a little heavy on the bunkering, but Dasher made room for landing areas. Thus the fair challenge. The greens are rolling and winds through well preserved wetlands and marshlands. It was so well-preserved that it had to be called “The Reserve” to speak for this incredible feat.

Mike Dasher also added more water features to the course, thereby giving the golf trip favorite a more vibrant, more distinct, more beautiful course of varied textures – rolling greens, pristine and sparkling waters, and natural marshlands. With the Reserve course, Dasher did not only improve the original layout – he created an entirely new course that is the best this side of the country has seen.


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