By Bill Sangster

So you saved money your whole life to buy that perfect retirement home in a Golfer’s Paradise called The Villages in Florida. Thirteen championship courses and so many executive courses that you’ve lost count. So the question is: Why toss your clubs in the back of an SUV and head out to play golf at a course outside of the Villages?

Just outside the Village’s northern border about two miles north on route 441/27, The Links Club at Spruce Creek South is exactly as advertised, it’s a links course. The Villages has no links courses to offer their golfing community, so you head to Spruce Creek to enjoy the challenges of playing one.

A links golf course is more broadly defined by golf architects as a golf course with a natural and open lay-out, lying on sandy soil that is heavily affected by the wind. It has few to no trees, but with thick rough grasses. The Links Club at Spruce Creek South offers all of that and more.

With several holes tucked between majestic old oaks and water features throughout, golfers of all levels will be put to the test. Terry Doss has outdone himself with the architecture of this Course. This original design is equipped with gentle rolling greens, long Par 4’s and beautiful scenery that perfectly encompasses the natural setting surrounding the course.

Greens fees run around $18 for 9 holes and $38 for 18 holes with a cart. There is a driving range, Pitching/Chipping Area, and Putting Green. Spruce Creek is a semi-private golf course with a multipurpose club house that is the centerpiece of the community and golf operations. The course is located towards the back of this gated community which requires visitors to travel a short distance through the residential neighborhood to reach the parking lot and bag drop area.

This 18-hole course is a Par 72 built in 1995 with a year-round golf season. Blue Tees play at 6406 yards, 124 slope, 70.7 rating. White Tees are 5891 yards, 114 slope, 68.3 rating. Green Tees are 5362 yards, 111 slope, 66.1 rating. Red Tees are 4979 yards, 118 slope, 69.7 rating. Bermuda is the dominant grass found on fairway, roughs, and greens. More