March Vmail – Marsh View Pitch & Putt and Cattail Recreation

March Vmail – Marsh View Pitch & Putt and Cattail Recreation


(“THE VILLAGES. FLORIDA’S FRIENDLIEST HOMETOWN. THE VILLAGES.”) WELCOME TO THIS MONTH’S EDITION OF THE VILLAGES
VMAIL! LAST MONTH WE TOOK A STROLL DOWN SOME OF OUR
TRAILS AND PATHWAYS, AND SAW HOW VILLAGERS ENJOY WALKING, CYCLING, OR TRAVELING BY GOLF
CAR THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. AND THIS MONTH, WE’RE REALLY EXCITED TO
SHARE WITH YOU TWO NEW DESTINATIONS FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE ON YOUR TRAVELS…THE MARSH
VIEW PITCH & PUTT, AND THE CATTAIL RECREATION AREA. THE FINAL COAT OF PAINT IS DRYING, AND WE
ARE JUST NOW MOWING THE GOLF COURSE, IN PREPARATION FOR THIS MONTH’S GRAND OPENING. AND YOU KNOW RYAN, WHETHER YOU’RE NEW TO
GOLF OR YOU REALLY JUST WANT TO WORK ON YORU SHORT GAME, THE ANTICIPATED OPENING OF THE
MARSH VIEW PITCH & PUTT IS REALLY GOING TO BE GREAT. VILLAGERS HAVE SO MANY WAYS TO EXPERIENCE
GOLF IN THE VILLAGES, BUT THIS IS SURE TO BE SOMETHING VERY UNIQUE. GREAT FOR THE BEGINNER GOLFER TO THE EXPERT,
THE PITCH & PUTT IS DESIGNED TO BE A SHORTER COURSE, WITH HOLES RANGING FROM 40 TO 110
YARDS. THE SHORTER LENGTH WILL BE A NATURAL FOR BRINGING
GOLFERS OF ALL ABILITIES TOGETHER TO ENJOY THE GAME AND EACH OTHERS COMPANY. YOU CAN WORK ON PERFECTING YOUR SHORT GAME
WHILE TAKING IN THE SURROUNDING SCENERY ON THIS GOLF-CAR-FREE COURSE, COMPLIMENTING THE
NATURAL FLORIDA SETTING. HAVE YOU HEARD OF A PITCH & PUTT? LET’S GET A LITTLE MORE INSIGHT FROM OUR
PGA PROFESSIONAL KEN ROSHAVEN, SO WE CAN ALL LEARN WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THIS ALL-NEW EXPERIENCE. I BELIEVE THE DESIGN OF OUR PITCH & PUTT CAME
OUT WITH, FIRST OF ALL, FINDING THE PERFECT PIECE OF PROPERTY. AND UH, WE’RE ON IT. I MEAN, IT’S THIS BEAUTIFUL OAK HAMMOCK. AND THEN FINDING SOMETHING THAT NATURALLY
FITS WITHIN THIS SURROUNDING. AND KENNY EZELL HAS ONCE AGAIN KNOCKED IT
OUT OF THE PARK. THIS WAS A UNIQUE PIECE OF PROPERTY, KIND
OF LIKE THE ENTRANCE INTO FENNEY. WHEN WE FIRST SAW IT WITH ALL THESE OLD GROWTH
OAK TREES, AND WE KNEW THAT WE HAD SOME LOWER WETLAND TYPE AREAS THAT WE NEEDED TO KIND
OF MOVE IN AND AROUND, WE SAID, WELL, TOO SMALL FOR A NINE-HOLE EXECUTIVE COURSE, AND
IT’S JUST ABOUT BIG ENOUGH TO GET 18 HOLES IN FOR A PITCH & PUTT. AND, EVENTUALLY WE WERE ABLE TO TAKE AND CRAFT
ALL THE WETLANDS IN TO MAKE SURE, YOU KNOW, THE GOLF HOLES WORKED ALONG WITH THE MAJOR
OAK TREES THAT WE HAD. WE ONLY TOOK OUT ONE OAK TREE IN THIS WHOLE
PROCESS. THEN WE WERE ABLE TO FIT THAT IN WITH CATTAIL,
WHICH IS ANOTHER COOL ASPECT OF WHAT WE’RE DOING. I WOULDN’T SAY IT’S EASIER TO DESIGN A PITCH
& PUTT, BUT WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT IT, WE’RE NOT HAVING TO DESIGN A LOT OF TEES. WE HAD THE ARTIFICIAL TEES, AND I THINK WE
HAD LIKE 30 DIFFERENT TEE POSITIONS THAT WE’VE TAKEN AND PUT IN PLACE HERE. WE’RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT THE TEES HAVING TO
BE IN SHADE, NOT GROWING AND EVERYTHING, SO WITH THAT WE’RE ABLE TO TAKE AND PUT THEM
WHERE WE WANT THEM AND THEN JUST MAKE SURE THAT THE GREENS COMPLEXES HAVE ENOUGH CHARACTER
AND VARIETY SO THAT NOBODY’S GOING TO GET TIRED OF PLAYING THIS THING. WITH THE EXECUTIVE COURSES, YOU KNOW, A LITTLE
SHORTER, MOSTLY PAR THREES BUT YOU DO HAVE SOME PAR FOURS MIXED IN. BUT THE LENGTH OF THE HOLES TOO CAN GET A
LITTLE BIT LONGER. THE PITCH & PUTT, IF YOU IMAGINE ON A SMALLER
PLATFORM, EVERYTHING’S JUST BROUGHT IN A LITTLE BIT CLOSER, BUT I THINK ALSO FOR YOUR BETTER
GOLFER, ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS TO LEARN HOW TO PLAY THIS GAME IS YOU’VE GOT TO LEARN
HOW TO HIT THE SAME CLUB DIFFERENT DISTANCES. AND I THINK THE PITCH & PUTT IS GOING TO BE
A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY FOR THAT. I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT
FOR EVERYBODY. I THINK THE NATURAL FLOW IS, YOU KNOW, TWO
OR THREE WEDGES, MAYBE GETTING DOWN INTO A NINE-IRON IF YOU NEED THAT DISTANCE, AND YOUR
PUTTER AND YOU’RE OFF AND RUNNING. IF YOU’RE PLAYING IT FROM THE LONGEST SET
OF TEES THE LONGEST HOLE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE IS 103 YARDS, IF YOUR GOAL IS TO PLAY IT FROM
THE FRONT SET OF TEES THE LONGEST HOLE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE IS 75 YARDS. SO CHOSE YOUR CLUBS ACCORDINGLY. I CAN SEE A NICE LITTLE CARRY BAG. WE’LL HAVE SOME AVAILABLE, IF YOU’D LIKE TO
USE ONE OF OURS. AND THEN YOU’RE OUT AND WALKING AND ENJOYING
YOUR DAY. WELL ON MOST OF OUR GOLF COURSES THERE IS
A 19TH HOLE. BUT THIS ISN’T WHAT WE’RE REFERRING TO. SO HERE WE HAVE A NICE PUTTING HOLE. IT CAN MEASURE AS LONG AS 200 FEET, SO IF
THE FIRST 18 WEREN’T QUITE ENOUGH WE’VE GOT SOMETHING THERE FOR YOU. WHETHER YOU’RE SETTLING THAT BET, MAYBE DECIDING
WHO’S GOING TO BUY, WHO’S PAYING AT THE BEVERAGE CART. OR WHATEVER THE CASE WOULD BE. I THINK THAT’S A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE
SURE ALL THE DEAL IS SETTLED BEFORE YOU LEAVE. WELL I THINK EVERYBODY HEARS THAT THE GAME
OF GOLF IS KIND OF IN DECLINE. IT’S NOT IN DECLINE HERE IN THE VILLAGES. AND WITH THE PUTT AND PLAY, AND THE PITCH
& PUTT, AND OUR EXECUTIVE COURSES WE’RE BUILDING, WE’RE PROVIDING AND OPPORTUNITY TO BRING NEW
GOLFERS IN EVERY DAY. SO WE’RE EXTREMELY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO OFFER
SOMETHING NEW TO OUR RESIDENTS. AND I THINK THE MARSH VIEW PITCH & PUTT IS
GOING TO BE VERY WELL RECEIVED. YOU KNOW, THE OPPORTUNITY…OH HEY GUYS! WHAT BRINGS YOU OUT! PITCH & PUTT ISN’T THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN
HERE! DON’T FORGET CATTAIL RECREATION AREA WILL
BE OPENING SOON, TOO! CATTAIL WILL FEATURE TWO BOCEE COURTS, TWO
PICKLEBALL COURTS, TWO SHUFFLEBOARD COURTS, TWO BAG TOSS COURTS, AS WELL AS A BEAUTIFUL
FAMILY POOL FOR KIDS AND ADULTS TO ENJOY. (MUSIC) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERYTHING MARSH BEND HAS
TO OFFER…SCHEDULE A TEE TIME AT THE MARSH VIEW PITCH & PUTT, OR SPEND SOME TIME WITH
FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS AT THE CATTAIL RECREATION AREA. AND IF YOU’D LIKE TO KEEP ALL OF THESE OPPORTUNITIES
NEARBY, YOU, YOUR FRIENDS OR FAMILY, CAN FIND YOUR DREAM HOME IN THE ALL NEW MARSH BEND
AREA. WHETHER IT BE A COMPLETED HOME, READY FOR
YOU TO ENJOY, OR MAYBE YOU PREFER TO BUILD YOUR DREAM HOME OVERLOOKING THE HOGEYE PRESERVE. NO MATTER WHAT YOU CHOOSE, YOU’LL ALSO FIND
YOURSELF CONVENIENTLY LOCATED TO THE UPCOMING EVERGLADES RECREATION COMPLEX AND THE MAGNOLIA
PLAZA. TO SEE ALL THESE NEW LIFESTYLE OPPORTUNITIES,
OR LEARN MORE ABOUT THE VARIETY OF WAYS YOU CAN LIVE CLOSE TO ALL THAT MARSH BEND HAS
TO OFFER, GIVE US A CALL AT (352) 753-6700, OR OF COURSE STOP BY ANY OF OUR SALES AND
INFORMATION CENTERS. AND STAY TUNED NEXT MONTH, TO SEE EVERYTHING
WE HAVE COMING FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE. WE’D LIKE TO TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK YOU FOR
CHOOSING THE VILLAGES AS YOUR HOMETOWN. AND IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO’D LOVE TO TAKE
A LOOK AROUND YOUR HOMETOWN, WE’D LOVE TO SHOW THEM AROUND! THANKS FOR JOINING US ON THIS MONTH’S EDITION
OF THE VILLAGES VMAIL! WE’LL SEE YOU AROUND TOWN… …LOVIN’ THE LIFESTYLE! (“THE VILLAGES”)

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