Ridgewood Lakes Golf

A Renaissance in Golf Lifestyle

Ridgewood Lakes Golf and Country Club The new relationship between the venerable Ridgewood Lakes Golf and Country Club and the new La Cresta master-planned community is one straight from golf lifestyle heaven. A renowned Ted McAnlis-designed golf course named one of Golf Digest's "Best New Courses in America" when it opened in 1994, and a new Del Webb-designed community for active adults 55 and better, all within minutes of the world famous theme parks, endless shopping and fabulous dining of the thriving Orlando area. This community is not far away, but tucked away, amidst the pristine lakes and picturesque canary palms, deep green fairways and white crushed coquina that define Ridgewood Lakes.

Now the two are linked, geographically and spiritually, with a special arrangement that offers Ridgewood Lakes membership discounts to La Cresta homeowners (the first 200 pay no initiation fees and get half-off their first year's dues), while still encouraging public play. For those looking for the Orlando golf lifestyle, this is a rare opportunity to move in to a new home with a well-established course on site.

Ridgewood Lakes Golf and Country ClubA Course That's More than Meets the Eye The course itself has a more tropical look than most in Central Florida. The strategically-placed bunkers that were rebuilt in 2004, the abundance of canary palms, and the refurbishing of the greens with Champions Ultradwarf Bermuda, give Ridgewood Lakes more of a Caribbean-resort feel than you'll find anywhere in the area.

There's a friendliness, and straightforwardness, that has always been the hallmark of Ridgewood Lakes operation for years. Now under the management of Meadowbrook Golf (also the operators of ChampionsGate and MetroWest), there's a new energy at Ridgewood Lakes from Gregg Gagliardi, who has moved over from the Diamond Player's Club as GM and new Head Professional Jason DeWildt, formerly of Orange County National. These pros have attracted other touring pros who live in the area to their full-size, grass-teed driving range and complete short game area. One of the little things at Ridgewood Lakes that has also added to its playability is something as simple as recommending which tees to play to maximize your enjoyment and minimize your frustration. With a fifth set of tees added this summer, it'll be even easier to find just the right challenge for your skill level.

For a layout that appears fairly tame while driving to the clubhouse, water on 16 of the 18 holes gives Ridgewood Lakes its teeth, yet the mixture of tougher holes and scoring opportunities is such that you'll always have something to look forward to no matter how the last hole turned out!

Ridgewood Lakes Golf and Country Club Orlando, FLPlaying smart is better than hitting long at Ridgewood Lakes. The par-3s are deceptively difficult. The par-5s are better attacked with good placement on the second shots to set up a comfortable approach to the greens, yet are all very different, one with an island tee box, one with a two-tiered green, one with a creek in front of the putting surface and one with a forced carry off the tee with out-of-bounds near the bail-out area. Hello! There's also a wonderful variety of distances on the par-4s, from the short, but tricky, first and 10th holes that give you the chance for a fast start, to a couple of burly two-shotters that'll test your long irons and fairway woods, to a mix of mid-range par-4s that are all conquerable, but are also fraught with unique dangers. The 5,000 square-foot clubhouse at Ridgewood Lakes offers a friendly oasis to set-up your game, or settle it up afterward. Breakfast and lunch menus are available daily for visiting players inside, or on the covered outdoor patio. The friendly staff in the well-stocked pro shop also has the latest recommendations and specials on golf equipment and accessories. Speaking of specials, it is always smart to visit their website, www.golfridgewoodlakes. com, for the latest great deals and course conditions. You can also book a tee time online, or by calling (800) 684-8800 toll-free or locally
(863) 424-8688.

Live Your Second Childhood at La Cresta

The people at Del Webb can pretty much lay claim to not only inventing the "active adult lifestyle", but perfecting it since its birth in Arizona in the early Sixties. They'd like to think La Cresta is the next step toward perfecting that plan. Orlandos first community for adults age 55 and "better" has already spent $7-mil- lion in infrastructure improvements in the Ridgewood Lakes master-planned community. Many of its amenities are located behind its impressive Spanish mission-style entrance and closer to all of the Orlando area conveniences.Walking and biking trails shaded by majestic trees (some beautifully landscaped, some left natural) wind through 400 acres of nature preserve that are shared by new residents and the birds and wildlife who've been home there for years. A gazebo and boardwalk, lakeside amphitheatre, tennis, a heated pool, outdoor spas, and private fishing lake all emanate from a spectacular 31,000+ square-foot clubhouse, Casa Fuente. Inside this clubhouse is a library, activity rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center with walking track, indoor heated lap pool, arts and crafts room, even a ballroom for you future "Dancing with the Stars" enthusiasts! There's also a "social host" to help you live the second childhood you've always dreamed of.

La Cresta will feature 1900 homes in many styles including single-level, ranchstyle designs and low-maintenance condos that maximize space, indoors and out. The single-family residences range from 1,300 to 2,300 square-feet with 2 or 3 bedrooms, all with a den, starting in the low-$200's. Attached condominiums and town homes will range from 1,400 to 1,800 square-feet. You can view home designs and other available options at www.delwebb.com/lacresta and search La Cresta, or by calling (863) 424-8045. Del Webb is a member of the Pulte Homes family, ranked highest in customer satisfaction with new homebuilders in Orlando each of the last three years.

Ridgewood Lakes Golf and Country Club will continue to be a favorite of local and visiting golfers, especially with the new greens, returned to the original McAnlis configurations, and improved drainage added this summer. Now there's an additional reason to make Ridgewood Lakes more than just your golf home, maybe a permanent one, with the opening of La Cresta by Del Webb.


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