August 17, 2018
Executive Golf Course Closures and Openings – UPDATED 8/17/2018
Due to the extensive rainfall received and the need to lower the water level of the basins, several golf courses throughout the community are closed.
The following Executive Golf courses are closed until further notice:
• Sweetgum – scheduled to open Monday, August 27, 2018
• Sandhill – scheduled to open Friday, August 24, 2018
• Palmetto – scheduled to open Monday, August 27, 2018
Championship Golf Course Closures and Openings
• Evan's Prairie –Killdeer nine closed until further notice.
• Bonifay – Fort Walton nine only
Moyer Loop will be partially closed on Friday, August 17, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. east of the South LaBelle gate entrance. Please use caution in this area and pay attention to all directional signage and flagmen.
Paradise Dog Park
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Paradise Dog Park will be closed for quarterly maintenance Monday, August 27, 2018 through Friday, August 31, 2018. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Paradise Recreation Center at 352-753-0637.
Mulberry Grove Dog Park - UPDATED 8/9/2018
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Mulberry Grove Dog Park will be closed for maintenance Monday, August 13, 2018 through Wednesday, August 22, 2018. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center at 352-259-6040.
The following facilities in The Villages will be utilized for voting precincts.
Early Voting Primary Election: August 18th-25th
Early Voting General Election: October 23rd- November 3rd
No locations for early voting in The Villages facilities
Tierra Del Sol - Early Voting Only
Primary Election: August 28th
General Election: November 6th
For information on your voting precinct, please visit the following websites.
Silver Lake Executive Golf Course Closure
To maintain the integrity of the executive golf courses and provide the best play experience possible, the Silver Lake Executive Golf Course will be closed beginning Wednesday, July 25, 2018 for a full cart path renovation project. This work is anticipated to take approximately 1 (one) month. Some of the improvements you can expect include widening and smoothing the path to meet current and future demands. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact District Executive Golf Maintenance at (352) 753-3396.
Participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages may be photographed/recorded and by participation in the activity, participant irrevocably consents to be photographed/recorded and grants The Villages of Florida, Inc. and its successors, assigns and licenses the right in perpetuity to distribute the results of such photography/recording in all media throughout the world.
Silver Lake Executive Golf Course
In our efforts to provide the best possible play experience on the Executive Golf Courses, the construction of a new practice green complex will begin on Monday, May 14, 2018 at the Silver Lake Executive Golf Course! This new practice green will be located in the area of the 1st tee and in front of the starter building. We are hoping for minimal disturbances to the area during construction. The courses will remain open while the work takes place. A temporary tee will be provided for the starting point at the #1 hole. Please make sure you follow all traffic patterns and signage for the safety of everyone playing and working. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact the District Executive Golf Offices at 352-753-3396.
Hawkes Bay Executive Golf Course
In our efforts to keep the infrastructure for our executive golf courses growing and functioning in optimal condition, the Hawks Bay Executive Golf Course will be closed for approximately five (5) months. This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 7, 2018. This is a planned full course renovation, including the resurfacing of greens and tees. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information on this transition, please contact the District Executive Golf Offices at 352-753-3396.
Information Provided by The Villages Entertainment Department
As summer approaches, some adjustments for the Farmer’s Markets at Spanish Springs Town Square and Brownwood Paddock Square will take place.
The last day for the Spanish Springs Farmer’s Market will be Thursday, April 26th.
The summer hours for the Brownwood Farmer’s Market will begin on Saturday, May 5th and will be from 9am – 1pm.
Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling Facilities
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling facilities will be closed periodically for maintenance. Please see the schedule below for a listing of closure dates. This schedule may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Fenney Recreation Center at 352-674-8460.
The Recreation & Parks department and staff appreciate the communication from our residents on the recent changes occurring with the Recreation News. This recent round of changes is a vetting process that our department has been working on over the last several years. Currently the process, is reviewing how to best manage information by showcasing the provided resident lifestyle contacts weekly club listings every 1st and 3rd week of the month.
All scheduled activities will continue to appear under the recreation center where it is being hosted, as well be being listed on our Districtgov.org website. At a minimum in the Recreation News it will be appearing weekly under the recreation center where it is scheduled and twice a month in the club listings for this vetting process.
Our team has also been researching how technology can play a positive role in providing recreation information from the convenience of your smart phone or computer. We are excited about what the future holds working on this project. Please allow us the opportunity to continue to vet through all the respective areas so the Recreation News can continue to be a staple of our community today and in the future.
The polo player entrance gate off of Buena Vista Boulevard is locked. All clubs will need to enter through the electronic gate at the south end during off season. Walkers and approved Resident Lifestyle Groups will be allowed admittance from 7:00a.m. -12:00p.m. The timer is being set and the gate will automatically open as each car/golf cart hits the pad during these hours. For further information, please contact Saddlebrook Recreation Center at 352-259-5377.
The Recreation Department has created consistent and uniform guidelines regarding inclement weather that may impact the public, health, safety and well-being of staff, volunteers, participants and facilities. Please click here for the complete guidelines!
Recreation Center Emergency Address Information
Our dedicated staff is here to help you get the most out of your unique Villages lifestyle. When enjoying your choice of activities, we ask that you remember participating in recreational activities always involves some degree of risk. Participants assume full responsibility for and risk of bodily injury arising out of or in any way connected with participation or involvement in or presence at the activity or program. To assist you with emergency situations, the recreation department has provided all outside recreation areas with a bulletin board that has important 911 information including the address/county/phone number you are calling from. Emergency 911 phones are located at all equipment buildings and pools with pertinent emergency information. We encourage all residents to become familiar with their recreation centers and 911 information. Please when visiting any recreation center or swimming pool take a moment to locate these helpful areas.
Announcement from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Effective July 1, 2013, The Florida Legislature amended FS 319.14 to allow the conversion of a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) to a golf cart. For additional information on the process of converting a LSV to a golf cart, please click here.