of The Villages-News
By Larry D. Croom
Published December 17, 2019
Villagers will have to dig deeper into their wallets if they
want to continue playing championship golf courses in the community next year.
That’s because beginning Jan. 1, rates to play 18 holes on
all 12 of the top-level courses will increase significantly – some by as much as
$48. It’s been a sore subject with many Villagers over the past few weeks. And
as the new year approaches, many will no doubt be forced to play significantly
fewer rounds or look for courses outside the walls of The Villages that offer
more user-friendly rates.
Currently, the amount golfers are charged to play 18-hole rounds depends on two
factors – the course and the time of the day. The more popular morning tee times
are the most expensive, followed by afternoons and early evenings.
The courses also are broken down into groups as follows:
Most expensive: Palmer Legends, Cane
Garden, Mallory Hill, Havana, Bonifay, Evans Prairie, Belle
Glade and Tierra Del Sol (an addition to the upper-echelon
pricing group for 2020).
Mid-range prices: Hacienda Hills,
Glenview Champions and Lopez Legacy.
Cheapest: Orange Blossom Hills.
Fees to play all 12 championship courses in The Villages
are significantly increasing on Jan. 1.
The new fee schedule, which begins on New Year’s Day and runs
through April 30, only offers one rate for the entire day. Gone are the
discounts for playing in the afternoon or evening hours – tee times that have
been highly popular choices for Villagers hoping to enjoy the game while saving
some money along the way.
Some examples of increases Villagers, their guests and non-residents will see –
not including a golf cart rental – include:
A resident member currently pays $42 (morning), $34
(afternoon) or $16 (evening) to play Palmer Legends, Cane Garden, Mallory
Hill, Havana, Bonifay, Evans Prairie or Belle Glade. Under the new fee
schedule, that rate would jump to $64 – increases of $22, $30 and $48.
That’s a 75 percent increase over the current evening wave price.
Resident members now pay either $38, $30 or $14 to play
18 holes on Hacienda Hills, Glenview Champions and Lopez Legacy. Beginning
Jan. 1, that rate will soar to $58 – a 34.5 percent increase in the peak
Residents members who enjoy the cheapest course in The
Villages, Orange Blossom Hills, will see the current rates of either $32,
$26 or $12 jump to $50. That equates to increases of 36 percent, 48 percent
and 76 percent, respectively.Those who purchase priority memberships – they
range from $555 for two country clubs to $740 for all 12 annually – will see
somewhat of a break in their 2020 greens fees. Those golfers will pay a set
rate of $47 to play the most expensive courses, $41 for the mid-range-priced
courses and $33 for Orange Blossom Hills. That equates to an increase of
between $9 and $33, depending on the course selected.
Priority guests will be charged $69 to play 18 holes on the
most expensively priced courses, $63 on the mid-range-priced courses and $55 on
Orange Blossom Hills. That equates to increases ranging from $20 to $49, with
the biggest jump being a 71 percent increase for those who played the
higher-dollar courses in the early evening hours.
Non-residents will feel the hardest hit in the new fee schedule. They’ll be
required to pay $84, $78 or $70, which equates to increases ranging from $26 to
$59 depending on the course they choose and the time of day they wish to play.
In other words, the complete price breakdown of the new fees as it affects
Villages championship courses – without a golf cart rental of either – will be:
Palmer Legends, Cane Garden, Mallory Hill, Havana,
Bonifay, Evans Prairie, Belle Glade and Tierra Del Sol: $47-$84.
Hacienda Hills, Glenview Champions and Lopez Legacy:
Orange Blossom Hills: $33-$70.
If they haven’t already, many Villagers will find out that
golf courses located in the surrounding areas of Central Florida are offering
cheaper rates. Most of those courses haven’t released their 2020 fee schedules.
But based on their current prices, Villagers are likely to find themselves
venturing out of the confines of Florida’s Friendliest Hometown to enjoy the
links and save a significant amount of cash in the process.
Some of those courses and their current rates – golf cart included – are:
Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lake: $29.99-$37.99.
Water Oaks Golf Course in Lady Lake: $18-$33.
The Club at Pennbrooke Fairways Golf Course in Leesburg:
Mission Inn Resort & Club in Howey-in-the-Hills:
Links at Spruce Creek South in Summerfield: $24-$30.
Eagle Ridge Golf Club at Del Webb Spruce Creek in
Continental Country Club in Wildwood: $23-$31.50.
Stone Creek Golf Club in Ocala: $32.71-$65.
Baseline Golf Course in Ocala: $29.
Daytona Beach Golf Club in Daytona Beach: $22-$38.
Pelican Bay Golf Club in Daytona Beach: $18-$26.62.
Dubsdread Golf Course in Orlando: $31-$47.
Hunter’s Creek Golf Club in Orlando: $19.95-$49.95.
MetroWest Golf Club in Orlando: $22-$39.
EastWood Golf Club in Orlando: $25-$45.
Victoria Hills Golf Club in DeLand: $20-$59.
Sherman Hills Golf Club in Brooksville: $20-$29.