September 18, 2021
Recreation Sponsored Events
After reviewing The Villages Recreation and Parks Department sponsored lifestyle events calendar, due to the size of the event and expected attendance in an indoor environment, we have decided to cancel The Enrichment Academy Expo scheduled for Saturday, September 18, 2021 and the Fall Craft Show scheduled for Saturday, October 16, 2021. The next craft show is scheduled for Saturday, March 12, 2022.
We continue to review our calendar of events on a monthly basis and regret the short notice and any inconveniences created. For the most up-to-date information on all upcoming events, please monitor The Villages Recreation & Parks publication and visit DistrictGov.org. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact the manager/supervisor at your local facility or email RecreationDepartment@DistrictGov.org.
Gatehouse Closures - UPDATED 9/3/2021
The Briar Meadow and Chatham gatehouses will not be staffed August 30, 2021 through September 4, 2021 for the installation of new flooring. the Morse South gatehouse will not be staffed until September 5, 2021. The Visitor Entry Lane will be closed with traffic cones redirecting vehicles into the Resident Lane where the gate arm will be removed and stop barricades will be located. Please use caution when entering and stop before proceeding. The gatehouses will resume normal operations on September 4, 2021 at 12 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact District Property Management at 352-753-4022.
Pimlico Executive Golf Course
The Pimlico Executive Golf Course will close on Monday, August 23, 2021 until further notice as part of a utility infrastructure improvement project. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Executive Golf Maintenance at 352-674-1885. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Escambia Executive Golf Course
As repairs are made to the water retention basin located near the Moyer Recreation Center, the Escambia Executive Golf Course will close on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 until further notice. For your safety, please refrain from entering this area. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience.
Sandhill Executive Golf Course
The Sandhill Executive Golf Course will be closed until further notice for an approved infrastructure project which includes removing old grass and soil, inspection of drainage and repairs and installation of new soil and grass. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Executive Golf Maintenance at 352-674-1885. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
Sweetgum Executive Golf Course
The Sweetgum Executive Golf Course will be closed until further notice for an approved infrastructure project which includes removing old grass and soil, inspection of drainage and repairs and installation of new soil and grass. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Executive Golf Maintenance at 352-674-1885. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.
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 Regional Recreation Complex at 352-674-8400
•Brinson/Perry Dog Park, Wednesday; SeaBreeze Regional Recreation Complex at 352-750-2488
•Dudley Canine Park, Friday; Fenney Regional Recreation Complex at 352-674-8460
•Mulberry Dog Park, Wednesday; Mulberry Grove Regional Recreation Complex at 352-259-6040
•Paradise Dog Park, Thursday; Paradise Regional Recreation Complex at 352-753-0637
•Rupert Canine Park, Thursday; Riverbend Village Recreation Center at 352-674-8455
Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve
New signage has been added to the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Trail & Boardwalk to help educate visitors on the nature found at the preserve. Drop by and take a look.
Trails & Pathways
The many trails and pathways provide Villagers the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of Florida’s environment. Signage along the pathways indicate the combination of activities Villagers can enjoy. Click below for more information.
Trails and Pathways
Amenity Fee Adjustment
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 Customer Service at (352) 750-0000.
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers changed by 5.391% from June 2020 to June 2021. This change will be used to adjust Amenity Fees for properties with original land sale dates in the month of August.
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.
•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).
Information obtained from www.usga.org
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.
Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk
New signage has been added to the Fenney Springs Nature Trail & Boardwalk to help educate visitors on the nature found along the trail. Drop by and take a look.
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.
Fenney Putt & Play and Croquet & Lawn Bowling Facilities - Updated 2/17/2021
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 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.