Sunday, March 30, 2014
Hello again! It's been a while. Denny and I landed in The Villages, Florida, hanging up the keys to our RV and settling in to the land of golf nirvana. Here in The Villages, we are privy to eleven country club golf courses and 32 executive golf courses. The executive courses we play for free, but in the winter season the rates on the championship courses go up so Denny and I have traveled outside of the town limits to play some golf.
Water Oak Country Club is located with a 55+ manufactured home community but the golf course is open to the public. The golf course is older and is currently in fairly rough condition, but it's also kind of fun. Water Oak is a shorter eighteen hole golf course, measuring 5,944 yards from the blue tees, 5,704 yards from the white tees and 4,758 yards from the red tees. The first two fairways are quite narrow, being lined with stately live oak trees and there are a surprising number of elevation changes for this area of Florida (which is pretty darned flat.) Water comes into play on several holes, so the challenge of the course comes from where you are able to hit the ball to avoid trouble.
Between 11 AM and 2 PM you'll currently pay $22 for a round of golf and a riding cart. That's hard to beat. There's a small pro shop with some very reasonably priced golf merchandise, a restaurant that offers breakfast and lunch and a bunch of friendly folks out on the golf course. That's not a bad deal.