The Pools: Orange Lake Country Club has expanded significantly since I first bought there in 1991
Orange Lake Country Club has expanded significantly since I first bought there in 1991. At that time, West Village was the only section constructed. It is the location of the 80-acre Orange Lake, the Olympic-sized main swimming pool and a smaller kidney-shaped pool. Since then, North Village has opened, and they are now in the construction phase of East Village.
West Village is the home of the main pool area at Orange Lake. This includes one of the largest pools that I have seen anywhere. The main pool area also provides an outdoor snack bar that serves drinks and snacks all evening long. Beside the snack bar is a small pavillon that is often used to provide entertainment.
Activities: There is something going on at the main pool almost continually. During the days they have scheduled activities for the younger kids, and beginning in the mid-afternoon they have Bingo and other activities. Music is available every evening. One evening is Oldies Night, another is Country Night (including a barbeque at additional cost), and a Jimmy Buffet-style Night. All these include live music.
There is also a smaller kidney-shaped pool visited mostly by families with smaller children. This pool is separated from the main pool by only one pavillon area and houses a hot tub. Any activities ongoing at the main pool is also open to those at this pool. There are plenty of lounge chairs for everyone. Towels are also provided. At the gift shop, also poolside, even provides an outdoor air hose especially equipped for inflating water rafts, etc.
The North Village houses another pool that is built almost like an island; it reminds me of a lazy river setup at a water park. Actually it’s shaped like a large U; at one end is a set of made-made cliffs that the kids can climb and jump into the pool, and at the other end is mini-water slide. Also provided are hoops and nets for water basketball and volley ball. Wading pools for the toddlers are available in all villages right next to the larger pools. One evening per week, the North Village pool hosts the Polynesian Luau; a tropical feast that also includes a Polynesian show. Food is extra, but the show is free.
East Village is still under construction, but the maintenance people at Orange Lake tell me that this addition will include a mini-water park including a "lazy river".
All pool areas and resort amenities are open to Orange Lake guests regardless of the village in which you may be staying. A resort shuttle is also available to transport you from village to village.