For over half a century Kissimmee Golf Club has been the favorite for Osceola County residents. Since its beginnings as a 9 hole course and then 18 in the 60’s, locals and visitors could always count on a decent track at a good value. I had played KGC numerous times and enjoyed the layout, but always felt a little TLC could make it better. Guess What? My wishes, and I am sure many others, have been answered. Integrity Golf Company took over in the summer of 2013 and came in with their pruning sheers, paint brushes, and landscapers and gave KGC a much needed facelift. Now it can be mentioned as a great place to play when you are in the area, and locals can be proud to say ‘my home course is Kissimmee Golf Club’.
The course is located off of Hoagland Boulevard and Cypress Parkway between highways 17-92 & 192. When you arrive at the club, you are greeted by a customer service person who takes care of your golf bags and directs you to the pro shop, practice areas and restaurant. The newly remodeled Pro Shop has a nice assortment of goodies to improve your look and club selection. As far as your game, they have a 40 bay driving range, a separate short game area and large practice putting surface to warm up. Lessons are available from the PGA staff. There are four sets of tees to make your day a fun golf experience and KCC is a great walking course for those who enjoy a step back in time.
The front nine begins with a straight away par 5 with a welcoming fairway and reaches 530 yards from the back tees The greens are smallish and often protected by bunkers. There is always a front opening to reach the green, but many times the pins are tucked away. The par 4 second is a 324 yard dogleg right with a pond next to the cart path. A drive in the fairway and a short iron should allow for a good score. Water comes into play on 12 holes but accuracy off the tee will keep one dry and the rough is maintained so you can find your ball. The first of the par threes, #3 at 181 yards is straight away with a green sloping back to front. The par 4 dogleg left #4 is best played to the 150 yard marker, then into the green with an iron because of a pond lurking at the corner. Grab the big dog to reach the fairway for a possible second shot to the 407 yard 5th hole. The fairway is wide, green is larger than most and open in front. There is a canal that crosses 5, 6 and 9, but really only comes into play on the par 4, 6th. I suggested to my playing partners that they layup short of it as I did with 3 wood, but no, they can reach the other side, which none of them did. I won the 386 yard par 4. Water right and a large trap in front on the par 3 #7 are smart to avoid to secure a par or better on the 192 yarder. You better have eaten your Wheaties if you want to challenge the lake on the 408 yard, #8. If not there is plenty of room left to land and then make a hard right to the green. The par 5 ninth brings you back to the clubhouse where your second shot should be in the left area of the fairway to avoid the tree line poking out on the right.
If you are a vintage airplane aficionado, you are within steps of the Kissimmee Gateway Airport where they fly World War II aircraft and have packages to enjoy a flight in one. In fact, while you are playing you can watch them come and go with 8 holes bordering the runways.
Before you continue to the back, you can stop and refuel at the Grill which has great fare, reasonable prices, quick service and plenty of flat screens to view. Starting again on a par 5 that is a bit narrower with a pond to avoid on the second shot, this 504 yard can be parred. The next two par4’s are a little tricky. Eleven has ponds both right and left, so an accurate shot at the 100 yard stick will keep you dry and scoring a low number. There are trees, water and a hidden bunker to avoid on #12. The par 3, 13th has no problems other than 183 yards. Go for the pin! Palm trees protect the right side of this dogleg par 4, 14th so a good drive is key for a short iron into a difficult green. It’s big dog time on 15 ,another straight away 5 with an accessible easy green. My favorite par 3 is the 175 yard 16th with a pond between tee and a back to front sloping green. It’s birdie time. The last 2 holes are challenging par 4’s with 18 green as big as a postage stamp. Good Luck. If you haven’t played Kissimmee Golf Club, it is time to give it a try. Call 407-847-2816 or go to www.KissGolfClub.com.