of The Villages News
By Meta Minton
Published May 1, 2019
A failed country club restaurant will close its doors this
weekend in The Villages.
The Hacienda Hills Country Club restaurant on Saturday will permanently close
its doors. The restaurant was deserted Tuesday evening, with only a few people
seated at the bar.
This news follows an announcement earlier this month by
District Manager Richard Baier that the Developer is offering the Amenity
Authority Committee the chance to purchase the restaurant, swimming pool, tennis
courts and parking lots. The Developer wants to hang onto the golf course and
Hacienda Hills has been beset with problems.
This past year, the Hacienda Hills Country Club restaurant was shut down after a
health inspector discovered unclean surfaces and roaches. A new manager was
brought in to try to right the ship at the restaurant that has been dogged by
complaints of poor service and mediocre food. The pool at Hacienda Hills Country
Club was shut down Feb. 23, 2018 after an inspector found problems with the
chlorine and pH levels.
The Developer has a history of trying to unload unprofitable properties on the
The AAC in 2013 purchased the old El Santiago Club restaurant from the Developer
for $350,000. At the time, Rich Lambrecht was serving on the AAC and expressed
skepticism about the purchase. To its horror and after shelling out $350,000,
the AAC learned that the El Santiago Club restaurant building was unusable. It
Hacienda Hills Country Club
That same year, a pitch was made to the AAC to purchase the
Tierra Del Sol Restaurant. The AAC passed on that offer. Later the Studio
Theatre at Tierra Del Sol and Tierra Del Sol Bar & Grill took over the old