The Villages country club ‘exorbitant’ greens fees

To the Editor:

Like a lot of you, apparently, I am not pleased with the exorbitant jump in Country Club greens fees that goes into effect May 1.
It’s unfortunate that the golf division felt it necessary to punish the full-timers who support our 12 country clubs during the summer, yet reward the seasonal residents who desert The Villages when the temperature goes up.
Personally, I oversee a group of golfers we call the VOGA (Villages Off-campus Golf Association) and, up until this year, we played exclusively outside The Villages in the fall, winter and spring, but exclusively IN The Villages in the summer. We did so because we found that we could play for so much less if we were willing to ride in our cars for 30-minutes vs. riding that long in our golf carts.
Case in point: We are playing at The Country Club of Ocala, one of the most beautiful golf courses you’ll ever play, for $39 + tax today. It’s part of the Hampton Golf group which offers what’s called The Villages Tour Card.  This card, which is FREE right now, discounts greens fees at all their courses including SummerGlen, Stone Creek, The Links at Spruce Creek South and The Country Club of Ocala, just to name a few.
Royal Oaks offers a discount on their greens fees just by mentioning you are from The Villages.
Plantation at Leesburg has greens fees of $26-29 after 11 a.m. at their two courses.
You can play Eagle Ridge for as little as $28.00. And the list goes on.
And these are their WINTER rates. During the summer they are usually less.
The point is, the only way to get your point across to The Villages Golf Division is to NOT PLAY their courses.
So this year The VOGA will play almost exclusively OFF-CAMPUS in the summer as well as the fall, winter and spring.
By the way, you want to play Bay Hill for FREE? Volunteer at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Steve Robinson
Village of Polo Ridge