March 4, 2024
Pimlico Golf Course Closed on March 4
On Monday, March 4, DPM Infrastructure will be starting a seal and stripe projectfor the Pimlico Recreation Center, which will prevent golf cart traffic fromreaching the starter shack. On this day the Pimlico Golf Course will be closedin order to provide a route for golf cart traffic to reach the starter shackfor Churchill Greens, which will remain open.
Golfcart traffic for Churchill Greens will come onto #9 Pimlico from Belvedere Blvdjust south of the main entrance, signs will be placed at the Rec Centerentrance as well as by #9 Pimlico to direct traffic. Golf cart traffic will beable to return to normal on Tuesday, March 5th.
Bonita Pass Executive Golf Course and Redfish Run Closures
To maintain the integrity of the executive golf courses and to provide the best play experience possible, the Bonita Pass Executive Golf Course has been closed and Redfish Run will be closing Friday, March 1, until further notice for rest and rehabilitation. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For any further information, please contact District’s Executive Golf Maintenance at (352) 674-1885 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gate Equipment Replacement Project started January 29
Beginning on Monday, January 29, 2024, at10:00 am, Integrated Facilities and Security Systems (IFSS) commenced the replacement of equipment enclosures, referred to as "Ice Boxes," at53 District-owned gate locations. This is one of the final required maintenance upgrades under this contract, and this work was previously funded by both Amenity Authority Committee and Project Wide Advisory Committee. This initiative has been prompted by the deteriorated state of the enclosures, which no longer offer adequate protection from the elements to protect the electronic equipment within them (gate hardware, control boards, cameras, etc.), and they have exceeded their useful life expectancy. The project will kick off in the Village of Spanish Springs (Spanish Springs Villas Entry/Exit), and generally move North to South.
During the equipment replacement process, each gate arm at the 53 locations will be shut down and removed from service for 3-5days (per location). To ensure public safety throughout the duration of each replacement, Community Watch will provide barricades equipped with STOP signs. It is important to highlight that IFSS will conduct the replacements during daytime hours only, and no night work will be involved in this project. All traffic should exercise caution and reduce speed when approaching a gate in which the arm has been removed from service.
We appreciate your attention to this matte rand understanding as we work to continually enhance the functionality and security of our gate locations. If you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Parker Morse Island Bridge Project Update
We want to inform you that District Property Management will soon commence a project to clear vegetation and trees from the Morse Island shoreline. Following this, they will be installing a mesh fabric with a rock layer and rip-rap below Parker Morse Bridge to prevent erosion. The project also entails the restoration of landscaping, trees, irrigation, and golf cart paths.
The contractor mobilized on January 29, 2024 at a rock quarry in the southern area of The Villages to prepare, size, sort, and stage the rip-rap material. Please note that Sunset Park will be closed to the public from February 19 for the duration of this project. For one day on February 21, a single southbound lane will be closed to regular traffic. Curbing at the park will be removed between the golf cart lane and automotive lane to facilitate the entry and exit of equipment and construction materials. Construction vehicles are tentatively scheduled to begin commuting the bridge and island area on February 22. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic and/or close a single traffic lane adjacent to the work zone. The construction is expected to take up to 240 calendar days, with workhours from 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday to Friday.
We appreciate your patience as we collaborate with the contractor to ensure the safe and timely completion of this project. Thank you in advance for your understanding. If you have any questions, please call District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Lake Denham Entry Gates
The Lake Denham entry gate arms will now open automatically(Construction Mode)when a vehicle approaches the card reader. The arms will transition to full operation in the near future requiring the activation of the card reader or call button. Please exercise caution as you travel through the gate to ensure the safety of all. Please contact Community Watch Dispatch for additional information: (352) 753-0550.
Current Executive Golf Course Closures
- Heron Executive Golf Course – The Heron Executive Golf course will close starting January 2, 2024 until further notice. This closure is part of an approved capital improvement project for improving the drainage on the golf course
We thank you for your patience as we work to maintain our Executive Golf Courses to the highest standards. You can find additional information on these course closures and more on our Executive Golf Course Closures page. If you have any questions, please contact the Executive Golf Maintenance Department by email at ExecutiveGolfMaintenance@districtgov.org or by phone at 352-674-1885.
- Belmont Executive Golf Course – Closed for renovation until further notice.
Villages Resident & Guest ID Cards
Always carry your original Villages ID, or Guest ID, and a photo ID for access and use of the facilities. Follow all rules and regulations posted in recreation centers. Only original IDs are accepted at the recreation centers.
The Villages ID Cards - Did You know?
The Recreation & Parks Department strives to make the pools safe for everyone’s use and enjoyment! All eligible residents and their guests with valid Guest ID Cards are asked to refrain from:
All residents and guests are required to comply with ID requirements and ages to use the swimming pools and supporting amenities and children should have proper approved floatation devices.
- Having glass containers inside any pool area
- Throwing or tossing any objects/toys on pool decks or in the pools
- Playing music too loud - please use headphones or earbuds
- Smoking within the pool area; designated smoking areas are outside the pool area
Irrigation System Flushing: Districts 5-8
Beginning in April 2023, our Utilities Operations and Maintenance contractor (Jacobs), will begin flushing the Villages Water Conservation Authority (VWCA) irrigation system located in Districts 5-8. Flushing prevents the accumulation of small particles and build-up, which can lead to plugging issues in our irrigation system. Due to the size of the VWCA system, the area has been divided into 90 distinct flushing zones. Once started, this project will take approximately 50 weeks to work through all 90 zones.
As the flushing takes place, you will see the Jacobs team opening fire hydrants and flushing irrigation lines only into the roadway. Work hours will be from 8 AM to 5 PM. Information on when you can expect to see the Jacobs team in action in your area will be updated regularly in the District Weekly Bulletin.
This maintenance work will not have any effects on your drinking water quality nor pressure. This is a proactive effort to maintain your irrigation system. The safety of residents and contractor personnel is of the utmost importance. We are requesting everyone to abide by all barricades and warning signs and to avoid the active work area for anything other than access to your property.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we improve our irrigation system. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact District Utilities at 352-753-4022.
Lake Sumter Landing Gazebo and Walkway Closure
The Lake Sumter Landing Gazebo and Walkway will be closed for maintenance Friday, March 17, 2023 until further notice. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
The Villages Putting Courses and Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the following Villages Putting Courses and Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities will be closed for routine maintenance as follows. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the recreation center listed below.
- Clifton Cove Putting Course: Every morning before 9 AM opening, Ezell Recreation at 352-674-1860.
- Fenney Putting Course and Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month all day, Fenney Recreation at 352-674-8460.
- First Responders Putting Course: 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month from 7 AM to 2 PM, First Responders Recreation at 352-674-1870.
- First Responders Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities: 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month from 7 AM to 12 PM, First Responders Recreation at 352-674-1870.
- Rio Grande Croquet/Lawn Bowling Facilities: 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month from 7 AM to 12 PM, Chula Vista Recreation at 352-753-0002.
Outdoor Sports Courts
Outdoor Sports Courts are available for use provided that such use is consistent with the design of the facility, safety and weather conditions permitting for outdoor activities. Personal equipment may be used at facilities for which the equipment was designed. Personal items such as chairs, tables, umbrellas, etc. are not permitted.
The Villages Dog Parks
In our efforts to keep the recreation facilities in optimal condition, the following Villages Dog Parks will not open until 9:00am one day per week due to maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the recreation center listed below.
- Atlas Canine Park, Wednesday; Rohan Recreation at 352-674-8400
- Brinson/Perry Dog Park, Wednesday; SeaBreeze Recreation at 352-750-2488
- Dudley Canine Park, Friday; Fenney Recreation at 352-674-8460
- Paradise Dog Park, Thursday; Paradise Recreation at 352-753-0637
- Rupert Canine Park, Thursday; Riverbend Recreation at 352-674-8455
- Homestead Dog Park, Thursday; Homestead Recreation at 352-674-1971
- Richmond Dog Park, Wednesday; Lake Okahumpka Recreation at 352-674-1887
Amenity Fee Adjustment - Updated 12/13/2023
Per your individual Declaration of Restrictions, amenity fees are subject to an adjustment based on the fluctuation of the National Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers. The timing of this adjustment can vary based on the Declaration of Restrictions in your unit. For information specific to your home, please refer to your Declaration of Restrictions. For assistance in obtaining them, please contact Community Standards at 352-751-3912.
Each month, the percentage of adjustment will be provided in What’s Happening for your reference. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Finance Utility Billing at 352-750-0000.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers changed by 3.137% from November 2022 to November 2023. This change will be used to adjust Amenity Fees for properties with original land sale dates in the month of January 2024.
Information Provided by Executive Golf
The United States Golf Association recently implemented a new rule under Rule 13.2a (2):
- There is no longer a penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits a flagstick left in the hole.
Information obtained from www.usga.org
- Players are not required to putt with the flagstick in the hole; rather, they continue to have the choice to have it removed (which includes having someone attend the flagstick and remove it after the ball is played).
Removing the flagstick to help in retrieving a golf ball from the cup is still considered proper etiquette and requires that we complete the task by hand. Using the flagstick to pinch and pull up the golf ball from the cup is frowned upon and not considered good etiquette standards.
The challenge for Executive Golf Courses in The Villages is that many residents use assistance or ball removal devices for the convenience of not bending as far to remove golf balls from cups. When ball retrieval devices are inserted with flagsticks still in place (Photo 2) the damage to the delicate edges of cups occur. It also causes degradation of the putting surface for the players that follow.
We are asking all residents that use these devices to simply pull the flag stick out gently (Photo 1) and remove the golf ball with your device. This will ensure the integrity of the cup edges and allow players to enjoy the same crisp quality of the cups as the players before them. We appreciate your cooperation!
Please be considerate of others and all properties. Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their pets. Please take all waste home for disposal. Do not use storm drains, postal or recreation facilities for disposing of solid waste or plastic bags. In addition, please follow all county ordinances including all dogs are required to be on a leash.
Participation in clubs, activities and events throughout The Villages® community may be photographed and recorded. Participant, by engaging in the activity, irrevocably consents to be photographed and recorded and grants The Villages of Lake-Sumter, Inc. and its successors, assigns and licensees the right to publish and use such photographs and recordings for informational, advertising, marketing, and similar purposes.
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 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM. 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 & Parks 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. When visiting any recreation center or swimming pool, take a moment to locate these helpful areas.