October Vmail – Experience Longleaf Golf Course
October Vmail – Experience Longleaf Golf Course


(“THE VILLAGES. FLORIDA’S FRIENDLIEST HOMETOWN. THE VILLAGES.”) WELCOME TO THIS MONTH’S EDITION OF THE VILLAGES
VMAIL AND THE GRAND OPENING OF THE LONGLEAF EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE, HERE IN THE VILLAGE
OF MCCLURE. YOU KNOW RYAN, IT NEVER SEEMS THERE’S A LACK
OF EXCITEMENT HERE IN THE VILLAGES, EVERY DAY THERE’S SOMETHING NEW TO CELEBRATE AND
TODAY IS NO EXCEPTION! VILLAGERS FROM ACROSS OUR HOMETOWN HAVE GRABBED
THEIR CLUBS TO HEAD ON OUT AND CELEBRATE THE ADDITION OF THE FIRST OF TWO NEW EXECUTIVE
NINES JOINING THE COMMUNITY, GIVING YOU EVEN MORE LIFESTYLE TO LOVE! WE’RE ALSO CELEBRATING THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE VILLAGES RECREATION AND PARK’S RUNNING OF THE SQUARES SERIES. THIS MONTH, WE’LL COME TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN
TO MAKE OUR WAY ACROSS THE FINISH LINE. I’D BEEN RUNNING FOR A GOOD PORTION OF MY
LIFE BEFORE WE CAME DOWN HERE, AND THEN SHE STARTED TO GET INVOLVED IN IT. I HAD NEVER RUN BEFORE I CAME DOWN HERE. AND THE 5K 10 YEARS AGO WAS MY VERY FIRST
RACE. THIS WAS THE SHIRT FROM THE VERY FIRST ONE
WHICH STARTED RIGHT HERE IN SUMTER LANDING, AND IT WAS A 5K WHICH RAN ACTUALLY DOWN MORSE
TO 466 AROUND THE TRAFFIC CIRCLE BACK DOWN ACROSS THE BRIDGE AND ENDED UP RIGHT HERE. AT THAT TIME THEY WERE GOING TO HAVE A SUMTER
LANDING SERIES AND THEN AS IT BECAME MORE AND MORE POPULAR, AND GOT MORE AND MORE PARTICIPATION,
AND KNOW EACH SQUARE HOSTS A 5K RACE. THEY’RE FUN. THEY’RE JUST A LOT OF FUN. NOT ONLY WITH THE RUNNERS BUT THE PEOPLE THAT
ARE OUT THERE CHEERING US ON. I DO IT BECAUSE SHE DOES IT. (LAUGHS) DOWN HERE IT’S SO EASY TO DO, THAT THAT MAKES
IT ALL SO FUN AND THERE’S A LOT OF PEOPLE OUR AGE NOW THAT DO IT. SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S AN ACTIVE COMMUNITY. THIS IS ONE OF THE REASONS I RUN. I’M TRYING TO MOTIVATE SOME OF THEM. AND OF COURSE I DON’T KNOW IF I HAVE OR NOT
BUT YET I SEE A LOT MORE OF THEM OUT THERE. I TELL THEM JUST START WALKING. THAT’S ALL YOU HAVE TO DO. BUT NOT A SLOW WALK. YOU KNOW, PICK IT UP A LITTLE BIT. AND THEN
TRY TO RUN A LITTLE BIT. I DON’T SAY TOO MUCH ABOUT IT, I JUST TRY
TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO GET OUT MOVE. PERIOD. A LOT OF TIMES THEY FEEL BAD BECAUSE THEY
CAN’T GO FAR WELL YOU START AND THE DISTANCE WILL COME, AS WILL THE SPEED. BUT YOU’VE GOT TO START SOMEWHERE. WHETHER YOU’RE STAYING ACTIVE WITH A DAILY
RUN, SWIM, OR THE GOLF COURSE, VILLAGERS EVERYWHERE HAVE HELPED US BECOME KNOWN AS “AMERICA’S
HEALTHIEST HOMETOWN.” BUT BEFORE WE JOIN OUR FELLOW GOLFERS, WE
HAVE A FEW EXCITING UPDATES WAITING FOR US ACROSS THE STREET AT THE MARSH VIEW PITCH
N’ PUTT AND RIGHT NEXT DOOR AT THE LOBLOLLY EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE. WITH HOLES THAT RANGE FROM 40 TO 110 YARDS
IN LENGTH, THE MARSH VIEW PITCH N’ PUTT WILL HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. THIS BRAND NEW LIFESTYLE OFFERING WILL GIVE
YOU THE CHANCE TO REALLY PERFECT YOUR SHORT GAME IF YOU’RE A MORE EXPERIENCED GOLFER,
OR, THE CHANCE TO HONE YOUR SWING AND SKILLS IF YOU’RE NOT QUITE READY FOR THE FULL COURSE. PROGRESS IS MOVING AHEAD QUICK ON THE PITCH
N’ PUTT, AND VILLAGERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE THIS BRAND NEW OFFERING EARLY NEXT
YEAR. AND JOIN US LATER THIS MONTH AS WE OPEN OUR
SECOND EXECUTIVE NINE, LOBLOLLY, LOCATED RIGHT HERE NEXT TO US AT LONGLEAF. AND WITH SO MANY EXCITING LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITIES
ON THE HORIZON, LET’S HEAD OUT AND SEE JUST WHAT’S HAPPENING ON OUR NEW LONGLEAF COURSE! WE’RE GOING TO TALK WITH OUR TWO KENS, KEN
ROSHAVEN FROM THE VILLAGES GOLF DEPARTMENT, AND KEN EZELL, OUR GOLF COURSE DESIGNER. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF EXECUTIVE GOLF. THIS IS THE 39TH ONE. AND PEOPLE JUST LOVE
IT. IT’S A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN COME OUT AND DO
A WIDE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT SHOTS AS THEY GO AROUND AND PLAY AND SOCIALIZE, IT DOESN’T
HAVE TO BE A VERY COMPETITIVE VENTURE FOR EVERYBODY BUT, IF THEY WANT TO THEY CAN CERTAINLY
COME OUT AND HAVE A PAR 3 OR PAR 4 TOURNAMENT. EXECUTIVE GOLF IN THE VILLAGES I LOOK MORE
AS A, LITTLE BIT MORE AS A SOCIAL FEATURE AND IT’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR PEOPLE WITH
MIXED ABILITIES TO COME OUT AND ENJOY IT. AND I THINK KENNY DID A GREAT JOB WITH LONGLEAF,
I THINK THAT REALLY EXEMPLIFIES THAT. THAT YOU CAN HAVE A REALLY EXPERIENCED PLAYER
CAN GO BACK A LITTLE BIT AND GET ALL THE CHALLENGE YOU WANT, AND MAYBE MORE, BUT IF YOU’RE MAYBE
A LITTLE BIT BEGINNER, GOT UP A LITTLE BIT, SOFTENS THE ANGLES, TAKES SOME OF THE WATER
OUT OF PLAY. AND I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT COURSE
FOR ALL GOLFERS. I’M VERY EXCITED TO BE HERE BECAUSE IT GIVES
US ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY AND ENJOY THE WONDERFUL AMENITIES IN THE VILLAGES. WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT. WE ALL PLAYED WELL AND LOOKING FORWARD TO
PLAYING IT AGIAN. AND TODAY IS OUR 55TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY,
SO VERY SPECIAL DAY FOR US. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. GREAT, GREAT TIME. TO PICK A FAVORITE HOLE I THINK HOLES 1 THROUGH
9 WOULD BE MY FAVORITE. I LOVE EVERY BIT OF IT. THE COURSE IS IN AWESOME CONDITION. AND VERY CHALLENGING. WE REALLY ENJOYED IT. AND WITH THIS GOLF COURSE I THINK YOU CAN
HAVE IT PLAY SHORTER OR LONGER AND HAVE A WIDE VARIETY WITH ALL THE TEES THAT WE HAVE. I AGREE. VARIETY IS I THINK THE KEY FOR LONGLEAF. BASED ON WHAT KIND OF MOOD I’M IN, YOU KNOW,
YOU MAY GET SOME OF THOSE SUNDAY HOLE LOCATIONS AND WE’LL SEE HOW THAT PLAYS OUT. (LAUGHS) THERE YOU GO. BUT I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT TIME
FOR OUR GOLFERS. WELL WHEN WE FIRST SAW THE PROPERTY, YOU KNOW,
LONGLEAF WAS BASICALLY WHERE THE CATTLE, YOU KNOW, IT WAS A COW PASTURE. SO IT WAS SOMETHING THAT WE HAD A WIDE VARIETY,
A BLANK SHEET OF PAPER FOR US TO WORK WITH BASICALLY. THIS IS A REALLY UNIQUE SITE IN THE FACT THAT
THERE’S NOT, THIS IS ONLY GOLF. THERE’S NO OTHER VILLAGE RECREATION ASSOCIATED
WITH IT. AND THAT REALLY IS KIND OF BEHIND US YOU’LL SEE A LARGE CHIPPING AREA, LARGE
PUTTING GREEN. THIS IS GOING TO BE AN AREA WHERE A LOT OF
PEOPLE CAN TAKE AND DEVELOP THEIR SHORT GAME SKILLS. I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU’VE DONE IT. YOU KNOW, 39, AND EVERY ONE JUST GETS A LITTLE
BETTER. SO, I’M WAITING FOR THE NEXT ONE, AND I DON’T
KNOW HOW YOU KEEP DOING IT BUT. I’M REALLY EXCITED AGAIN ABOUT THE PITCHING
AND PUTTING COMPLEX THAT YOU’VE BUILT FOR US HERE. AND I THINK THAT’S GOING TO BE A DESTINATION
OF ITS OWN. I DO TOO. MY SUGGESTION WOULD BE PLAY THE GOLD TEES. (LAUGHS) NOT THE BLACK TEES. YEAH THE SAME THING. AND I’VE DONE THIS WITH MOST OF OUR COURSES
AND I’VE ALWAYS FOUND THE FUN IS ON THE APPROPRIATE TEE. SO DON’T TRY TO CHASE IT TOO DEEP IF YOU’RE
NOT THAT GOLFER, YOU KNOW PLAY WHERE YOU’RE COMFORTABLE WITH, AND THERE’S NOTHING WRONG
WITH EVEN BOUNCING AROUND DURING A ROUND. YOU KNOW IF YOU FIND YOU START OFF ON THE
BLACKS AND THAT’S A LITTLE TOO MUCH, THEN MOVE UP TO THE GOLDS. AND IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVING SOME FUN. BUT OUR STUDIES HAVE SHOWN, THE FARTHER FORWARD
YOU GO, TENDS TO BE A FEW MORE SMILES, FEW MORE BIRDIES, A FEW… FEW LESS LOST BALLS. EXACTLY. (LAUGHS) (MUSIC) WELCOME TO THE NEW HAMPTON VERANDAS, LOCATED
OVERLOOKING THE NEW NINE-HOLE LONGLEAF EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE, AND NAMESAKE TO MY FOURTH GRANDDAUGHTER,
HAMPTON BOONE. YOU CAN CREATE YOUR PERSONAL RETREAT WITH
THE NEW HAMPTON VERANDAS. ENJOY YOUR MORNING COFFEE WITH A VIEW OF THE
GOLF COURSE…OR ENTERTAIN YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR BRAND NEW
KITCHEN. THE POSSIBILITIES ARE TRULY ENDLESS… WELL MY SISTER-IN-LAW LIVES HERE, AND SHE’S
BEEN TALKING IT UP FOR QUITE A WHILE. WE CAME AND VISITED FOR A WEEK. AND NOT REALLY COMING DOWN EXPECTING TO BUY,
BUT WITHIN TWO WEEKS WE FOUND THIS HOUSE, WHICH WE NEVER THOUGHT WE WOULD BUY. IT’S REALLY A LOT MORE FUN THAN WE EVER THOUGHT
IT WOULD BE. ALTHOUGH THERE’S A FAIR AMOUNT OF WORK IN
MOVING, AND SETTING UP A HOUSE, BUT THE FUN REALLY MAKES IT WORTH IT. I THOUGHT I HAD THIS ALL FIGURED OUT. I DID MY RESEARCH, I WATCHED VMAILS, I TALKED
TO PEOPLE, IT’S VERY VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN IT TO SOMEBODY OR RESEARCH IT. YOU’VE GOT TO EXPERIENCE IT. THAT’S WHAT I TELL PEOPLE. I SAY, I CAN’T EVEN TELL YOU ABOUT IT. YOU’VE GOT TO COME DOWN. WE’D LOVE TO HAVE YOU, WE’LL SHOW YOU AROUND,
NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU’LL BE BUYING A HOUSE. AND THERE’S THOUSANDS OF THOSE STORIES OUT
THERE. WE KNEW THAT WE WANTED A LARGER YARD, A LARGER
LANAI, AND IT WAS JUST KIND OF AN OPEN, AIRY, HOUSE. A FEEL THAT…I THINK MOST PEOPLE, CAN WALK
INTO A HOUSE AND SAY, THIS IS IT. AND THAT’S KIND OF, KIND OF WHAT WE FELT. THIS PAST APRIL WHEN WE STAYED HERE, WE STAYED
IN A VILLA. AND I WASN’T REALLY ANTICIPATING WHAT WE ACTUALLY
EXPERIENCED. WHICH IT WAS GREAT, IT WAS FENCED IN, VERY
PRIVATE. IT WAS GREAT FOR THE DOG, TO RUN AROUND, YOU
COULD JUST LET HER OUT. WHAT YOU SEE BEING PLANNED OVER THE NEXT 10
PLUS YEARS, IS REALLY KIND OF EXCITING FOR ME. I LIKE THE CONCEPT OF THE DESIGNER HOME IN
A VILLA SETTING. IT WAS A PERFECT MATCH FOR ME. AND NEXT MONTH, THE VILLAGES IS BRINGING YOU
EVEN MORE LIFESTYLE TO LOVE WITH AN INSIDE LOOK AT OUR BRAND NEW MODEL CENTER. THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING FOR US TO CELEBRATE
IN OUR HOMETOWN. THANKS FOR JOINING US FOR THIS MONTH’S EDITION
OF THE VILLAGES VMAIL! WE’LL SEE YOU AROUND TOWN… …LOVIN’ THE LIFESTYLE! (“THE VILLAGES.”)

1 thought on “October Vmail – Experience Longleaf Golf Course”

  1. Kelly Parks Team at MavRealty says:

    What a beautiful golf course! Happy 10th anniversary!

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