Here on the Adventure Coast, residents have so much to be thankful for. While others are shoveling driveways this time of year, we are vacuuming sand out of our car and feeling blessed to call such a beautiful place home. These are few things residents are thankful for:

  1. Sunshine! Living on the Adventure Coast means year round sunshine and flip-flops. Florida’s great weather offers 365 days of golf, tennis, shopping and dining.
  2. Water and Wildlife. Natural springs, lakes, the Weeki Wachee River, the Gulf of Mexico and thousands of acres of nature preserve provide a pristine habitat for wildlife, flora and fauna—and year-round opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.
  3. Fishing. The Gulf is rich with fish of all types, and there are excellent fishing guides nearby to help you snag the big one. The area is world-famous for inshore and offshore fishing.
  4. Beaches. This is a no-brainer. Toes in the sand in November? With Pine Island only a short drive away, you can feel like you are at the end of the world in less than 15 minutes.
  5. Golf. The championship golf course is the crown jewel of the GlenLakes community. The private 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 year round.

GlenLakes on the Adventure Coast 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. It’s easy to see why residents of GlenLakes are thankful! For more information on homes in GlenLakes, click here.

The Nature Coast is known as a popular eco-vacation destination north of Tampa, extending to the Big Bend area of Florida. Eight counties in all, the area remains one of the more pristine parts of the State where Mother Nature’s bounty flourishes. With sunny skies and the ability to have a year-long active lifestyle, snowbirds finding their way to Florida are enjoying the great outdoors. 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:

Toes In The Water
We are taking beaches, although this might seem like no-brainer choice, when you consider the breadth and variety of beaches that ring the state of Florida you’ll see that there are many wonderful beach options to choose from. With Pine Island only a short drive away from GlenLakes, you can feel like you are at the end of the world in less than 15 minutes.

Look to the Skies
The Nature Coast State Trail is officially designated as part of Florida’s Statewide Greenways and Trails System. With so many species not regularly found anywhere else in North America, South Florida is a premier spot to watch your feathered friends. The combination of coastline and wetlands make for fertile bird habitat. Surrounded by the state-protected nature preserve, residents of GlenLakes enjoy trailhead access from within their local community, giving an entirely new perspective to taking an evening walk.

Scale it Down, or Not…
The Gulf is rich with fish of all types, and there are excellent fishing guides nearby to help you snag the big one. The area is world-famous for inshore and offshore fishing. Part of Florida’s Big Bend, you can catch the elusive redfish right at Cedar Key. Whether it is with a charter or just off shore, you are bound to enjoy the fishing, and catching, all around GlenLakes.

Paddle Away
Florida’s beaches might get the glory, but its crystal clear spring-fed rivers are equally stunning. Canoe or kayak and take in the natural world from the unique vantage point of the water. Among the newer outdoor activities you can enjoy in Florida, paddle boarding let’s you lightly surf the waves in a tranquil, relaxed way. With GlenLakes adjacent to Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, the Chassahowitzka River is mere moments away. The river is a marriage of springs and tidal influx from the Gulf of Mexico just 6 miles south of the headsprings. Approximately 3 miles in length makes an average trip on the Chass anywhere from 6 to 12 miles round-trip. However the combination of exploring the many side creeks and springs can lengthen or shorten your adventure.

Rolling Hills, Majestic Oaks – Hit the Course!
Playing a round at GlenLakes is also an eco adventure. 18 memorable holes wind through beautiful stands of oak and pine and the wildlife are definitely at home on the course. Be prepared to take a few pictures during your round, as you’ll be in awe of the natural surroundings. If you want to step outside of GlenLakes, you are in luck. With a wide range of course types to choose from, with dozens of public and private golf courses within a 20-mile radius.

When you live at GlenLakes, all of these easy-access activities are at your fingertips. For more information on homebuying in Hernando County click here.

GlenLakes redefines the Florida lifestyle by offering a wide variety of activities and group sporting activities for Members to enjoy. One of our favorites in the GlenLakes community is Tennis. Whether you are experienced or a beginner, we offer a variety of tennis opportunities for you to enjoy. Don’t worry if you have never picked up a racquet, it is a great time to meet new people and players of every level are staying fit and having fun!

Here is a tennis tip from our Director of Tennis:

Tennis Tip: Vary your Volley Tactics

Control of the net is a must to win in doubles and that means volleying with skill and “intelligence”. Not all net play is super aggressive. If the ball is a “sitter” or “floater” then jump on it…knock it away for a winner. However if the ball is soft and below the net…do nothing…be polite…hit a nice little touch angle or drop shot.

Use this rule:

  • If the ball is above the net…go ahead and knock the snot out of it. If you can aim the ball you should position your shot behind the closest person to the net. Chances are your opponent won’t be able to handle it.
  • If the ball just clears the net…I consider this ball to be a neutral shot…volley the ball back to the opponents. Let them play. Don’t try anything special here. Be patient and wait for a mistake or better shot.
  • If the ball is below the net…”Do nothing”. I always say, “If you get nothing…you should give them nothing back”. In other words, if you try to do too much with this low ball you will most likely hit up to your opponents and they will be laying in wait to attack the ball and hurt you (literally). Basically, you should hit it like a drop shot or touch angle and force your opponent to “get stupid”. Remember, I said you must play the net with skill and with “intelligence”.

Being a Member has its perks, including no extra fees for court-time. Meet your favorite couple for a game of doubles on the GlenLakes courts! For more information on home ownership click here.

South Florida’s past times always include being outside with friends, enjoying the year-long mild weather and maybe putting a few games to victory! GlenLakes prides itself on the value of our golf membership and all the privileges that comes with it. Without the typical private club price tag, you can enjoy unlimited tee times, the opportunity to compete in tournaments and enjoy special events GlenLakes has to offer.

Whatever sport you like to engage in, you always want to play your best. Here are some golf tips from our monthly newsletter to help with your golf game. Slow play on the golf course is usually a habit that a golfer acquires over time. Before we run down a list of suggestions for speeding up play, it’s important to note that many of these tips have nothing to do with rushing your play, but rather with simply being ready to play, using common sense and good etiquette on the course. For full article be sure to check out our Newsletter!

TIPS FOR SPEEDING UP PLAY

  • Be early for your tee time. Proper pace of play begins with teeing off at the appointed time.
  • When two players are riding in a cart, drive the cart to the first ball and drop off the first player with his choice of clubs. The second player should proceed in the cart to his ball. After the first player hits his stroke, he should begin walking toward the cart as the second golfer is playing.
  • Begin reading the green and lining up putts as soon as you reach the green. Don’t wait until it’s your turn to putt to start the process of reading the green. Do it as soon as you reach the green so that when it’s your turn you can step right up and putt.
  • On a cart-path-only or rough-only day, take more than one club with you when you walk from the cart to your ball. Getting to the ball only to find out you don’t have the right club is a huge time-waster on the golf course.
  • Mark your scorecard after reaching the next tee, not while lingering on or near the just-completed green.
  • On the tee, pay attention to your partners’ drives. If they lose sight of their ball, you can help direct them to it and avoid any searching.
  • Carry extra tees, ball markers and an extra golf ball in your pockets so you never have to return to your golf bag to find one when needed.
  • Try playing ready golf, where order of play is based on who’s ready, not on who’s away.

GlenLakes is the Florida lifestyle, designed with you in mind. Only minutes away from the Gulf Coast beaches, excellent shopping, and restaurants, results in a quality of life that is affordable and enjoyable. For more information 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. The GlenLakes community in Weeki Wachee, has become popular with baby boomers, and it’s easy to see why. Below are five reasons why you should take advantage of what the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer.

Range of Cultural Offerings
While the perception of Florida is that there is not much more to it than the beach, Weeki Wachee, and surrounding areas, are considered one of the exceptions. The Tampa Bay area has a number of cultural offerings including an opera, a variety of art galleries along with historic landmarks and an aquarium. John Ringling of the Ringling Bros lived nearby, in Sarasota, and provided the city with its own permanent circus. There is also the Ringling Museum of Art run by the Ringling Estate. Along with all of that, GlenLakes is a short drive from numerous restaurants nearby and places for shopping.

Mild Weather
Florida’s winter temperatures rarely ever fall below 60 degrees and you are likely to get at least 250 sunny days per year. It is true that the state is known for being warm and humid in the summer, but Florida’s summer temperatures are not much higher than those in most places further north. In addition, it is important to note that summertime humidity in coastal areas like Weeki Wachee is considerably lower than it is in inland central Florida communities like Gainesville.

More Value
Where To Retire Magazine consistently names GlenLakes “One of the Best Places to Retire.” In addition, Ideal-Living magazine calls us a “Top 50 Community.” Florida has no state income tax along with relatively low property taxes and energy costs. Paired with GlenLakes low cost membership and golf play and the size of the homesites, results in GlenLakes being an affordable place to live.

There are Multiple World-Renowned Beaches Nearby
Sarasota’s Siesta Key is considered to have some of the best beaches in the country.  In fact, the Travel Channel has recognized Crescent Beach on Siesta as the best sand beach in the country. The quality of its sand is 99 percent pure quartz. These are not the only beaches close by; your other options include Turtle and Venice Beaches, along with the Anna Maria Island beaches in Bradenton. All of them are free and open to the public.

Excellent Housing Options
Wondering where to retire in Florida? 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.

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