Hailing from Sora, Italy, three young brothers opened the doors to Condrain in Toronto circa 1954. Condrain is one of the development companies building GlenLakes in Weeki Wachee, Florida. Now celebrating over 60 years in business, Condrain has become one of the largest and most successful infrastructure construction companies in North America. Check out these impressive numbers:

  • Condrain installs over 120,000 m of sewers and water mains in any given year. That’s the same distance from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
  • Condrain services over 12,000 residential lots per year. That’s equivalent to a new city the size of Aurora, Ontario every other year!
  • Condrain provides water to new communities through its pipelines to the tune of over one billion liters of water per year!
  • Over its 60 plus years in business, Condrain has laid enough pipe to take you to the center of the Earth.
  • Condrain is part owner of GlenLakes on the Nature Coast bringing their quality and expertise to the community.

Condrain has always been about infrastructure, and delivering it in a form that’s efficient, timely and incredibly reliable, exceeding industry quality standards. The company and its divisions now deliver a 360-degree development process including the community of GlenLakes.

Among other trusted developers, Condrain sets the stage for GlenLakes’ outstanding portfolio of homes. For those seeking a new address in Florida, GlenLakes might just fit the bill. GlenLakes captures everything to love about the Florida lifestyle: championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and of course beautiful homes. For more information on a home in this private gated community, click here.

The general methodology of a bump & run shot is to land the ball a third of the way on the green and let the ball run the remaining two thirds distance to the hole. The margin of error on a bump and run shot is far less than trying to loft the ball high in the air and land it close to the hole with minimum run. Remember, you can land an object on a spot closer to you much more effectively than on a spot that is farther away.

This shot is best executed from a short grass lie with a 7, 8 or 9 iron or PW, depending on the distance you are from the hole. You can also use a SW for this shot if you are in the rough, as the rough will take away the normal spin that is imparted on the ball. The ball must be placed in the back of your stance. Your weight should be leaning on your front leg and your hand position should be slightly forward of the ball. The stroke should be executed similarly to a putting stroke, without a breaking of the wrist, thus achieving a one-lever motion.

The PGA & LPGA Tour professionals have been taking advantage of the ease of bumping and running the ball. Phil Mickelson is now running the ball more than ever because he has more control with it than his old go to flop shot. He is seeing the value in keeping the ball on the ground and running it wherever possible.

GlenLakes highly respected professional golf staff is always ready to offer advice and lessons to help you improve your game. The private 18-hole championship course is challenging, beautiful and impeccably maintained. Mature stands of oak and pine, water features, undulating hills and sand traps provide endless variations of play. After every game enjoy camaraderie at “The 19th Hole”, the main bar & lounge at the clubhouse. For more information about golf at GlenLakes, click here.

Are you looking at Florida communities and wondering which one to choose? Areas on the Gulf Coast should be at the top of your list! Weeki Wachee is on the state’s west coast and offers cultural diversity along with a variety of activities to fit your Florida retirement lifestyle. Below are three reasons why you should take advantage of what the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer.

Entertainment Value

While the perception of Florida is that there is not much more to it than the beach, the Gulf Coast is considered one of the exceptions. Not only are some of the best beaches in the country located here but also a number of cultural offerings including an opera, a variety of art galleries along with historic landmarks, national parks, and an aquarium. John Ringling of the Ringling Bros lived nearby, in Sarasota, and provided the city with its own permanent circus. Along with all of that, there are numerous restaurants and places for shopping.

Golf Value

Florida’s past times include being outside with friends, enjoying the yearlong mild weather and putting a few games to victory! The low cost of golf and easily accessible courses in the Gulf Coast area make the value a hole in one.  The courses are challenging, beautiful and impeccably maintained. Mature stands of oak and pine, water features, undulating hills and sand traps provide endless variations of play.

Home Value
It’s tax time and while many people don’t look forward to filling out those government forms, Floridians have something to smile about. Florida has no state income tax along with relatively low property taxes and energy costs. Where To Retire Magazine consistently names GlenLakes in Weeki Wachee “One of the Best Places to Retire.” In addition, Ideal-Living magazine calls them a “Top 50 Community.” Paired with GlenLakes large homesites and outstanding portfolio of homes, results in excellent home value.

Calling all nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life—GlenLakes is it! Adjoining the 85,000-acre Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, GlenLakes captures everything you love about the Florida lifestyle: stunning views, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation starting in the $200’s.

For more information, click here to request your homebuyers guide today!

Don’t expect the Baby Boomer generation to stick to the script when it comes to retirement and housing decisions. The new Merrill Lynch/Age Wave survey, Home in Retirement: More Freedom, New Choices, turns conventional wisdom on its head.

  1. Living in downsized homes -condos, rental apartments and houses smaller than where they lived before?  Not every boomer wants to sell their home and move to a condo. “About half of people we surveyed didn’t downsize at all when they moved,” said AgeWave President and CEO Ken Dychtwald. Many Boomers are going larger so their children and grandchildren can visit for extended periods of time.
  2. Living around only people their age? No thank you. Roughly 67% of people 65 and older said they prefer neighbors of diverse ages and generations. Turns out, only 7% of retirees today live in age-restricted communities. Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate President and CEO Sherry Chris said, “Boomers want diversity now; they want to live with people of all ages.”
  3. Living in homes they’ve settled for? Quite the contrary. Two thirds of retirees surveyed said they’re living in the best homes of their lives. And if they don’t like the homes they’re in, they’ll find a place they like better. When the boomers were younger, they often had to live where they could get their kids to school or commute to work. “Now they’re free from those anchor points and can live where and how they want,” said Dychtwald.

In Florida, nature lovers, fitness aficionados, golfers and those who love an action-packed social life have chosen GlenLakes in Weeki Wachee. Adjoining the 85,000-acre Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, which borders the Gulf of Mexico, GlenLakes captures everything to love about the Florida lifestyle: stunning views, championship golf, country club amenities, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. All this and you’re only minutes away from the white sand Gulf Coast beaches. It’s little wonder that GlenLakes is consistently named “One of the Best Places to Retire” by Where to Retire magazine, as well as a “Top 50 Community” by Ideal-Living magazine.

For more information on a home in GlenLakes, click here.

While many parts of the country are heading inside to brave the cold winter storms, residents of Florida’s Nature Coast, are blessed with beautiful weather and an active lifestyle year round. There is a treasure trove of ways to enjoy the pristine setting for nature lovers; here is a sampling of how you can enjoy your days:

Celebrate Hippo Lu’s Birthday! – January 26

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu, the hippopotamus’ 56th birthday with a birthday party. Lu is Florida’s only resident hippopotamus and has fans around the world. Visitors will be able to sing him songs and watch him eat his birthday cake as well as sample cupcakes of their own.

Kumquat Festival – January 30

Come enjoy music, food, family fun and those little gold gems of the citrus industry in Historic Downtown Dade City! There will be arts & crafts, a car show, children’s activities, a farmer’s market and live entertainment for the whole family. This is a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event!

The Florida Bluegrass Classic – February 24-28

Five days of incredible bluegrass music and great activities for everyone. Spend the week square dancing, attending workshops, listening to live music, and much more. The entertainment includes Blue Highway, Nothin Fancy, Gary Waldrep, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Sideline, Greg Bird, Wry Whiskey, & more.

Bird Walk on Pepper Creek Trail – February 27

Novice and experienced birders are invited to take a guided bird tour on Pepper Creek Trail. Leaders from Citrus County Audubon take birders on a handicapped accessible trail that winds through a hydric hammock. Don’t forget to bring binoculars!

When you live at the community of GlenLakes on the Nature Coast all of these fun activities are at your fingertips. Nestled in the heart of GlenLakes is the newest neighborhood of estate home sites. Located between the 10th, 11th and 12th fairways and sparkling Cypress Lake, each estate home site offers outstanding nature views. Click here for a GlenLakes homebuyer’s guide.

Whether your preference is salt or fresh water fishing, Florida’s Nature Coast has you covered. A combination of lakes, rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico attract an abundance of fish including snapper, grouper, and bass. Here are the top fishing spots:

Weeki Wachee River: Mullet, bass, snapper and spotted sunfish are some of the fish caught in this crystal clear, spring-fed river and as it has a broad canopy along much of its 7 mile long run, it is one of the few places that offers relief from the hot summer sun.

Bayport: Fishing Pier or Boat Ramp is a place where you can fish and crab all day long. Pack a picnic lunch and relax at the covered picnic tables, or take time to catch the breathtaking view of the sun sinking into the Gulf of Mexico.

Jenkins Creek: Easy launch site if you have a small boat. Go and explore the coastal salt marshes, the canals and other waterways or spend some time at its fishing pier and do some crabbing.

The Reefs: Use Bayport or Hernando Beach boat ramps and head out to the Gulf of Mexico. Visit one of Hernando County’s four reefs for some great fishing opportunities.

Withlacoochee River: Launch your boat at Lake Townsen or Nobleton Wayside and do some river fishing. The river stretches for miles in both directions and offers a relaxing afternoon surrounded by nature.

Florida’s Nature Coast remains one of the more pristine parts of the state where Mother Nature’s bounty flourishes. With sunny skies and the ability to fish year round, residents enjoy beautiful natural scenery, and GlenLakes Florida retirement community is in the heart of it all. GlenLakes captures everything we love about the Florida lifestyle: stunning views, country club amenities, championship golf, a secure, immaculately maintained community and captivating home designs, perfect for entertaining and relaxation. For more information on homes in GlenLakes, click here.

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