The Southern Star Executive Golf Course is a private 9-hole layout in the innermost part of The Villages retirement community in southwest Florida. This par 28 routing is among the newest golf courses to be built in the neighborhood, designed by Clifton, Ezell and Clifton and constructed in 2011.
When it comes to views, the Southern Star Executive Golf Course is truly a mesmerizing location to look at. With the club’s freely walkable and pristine greens, along with towering trees throughout the course, any golfer will definitely feel relaxed as they appreciate the beauty of some of Florida’s most well-maintained flora and its fauna.
Southern Star is right next to the Yankee Clipper golf course and shares a symmetrical view of the “signature” first holes. Golfers have a variety of tee options to choose from, ranging from just 1,085-yards from the forward tees to 1,682-yards from the back.
Two out of the first three holes challenge golfers with tee shots that require a carry over water. The fourth hole, a par four, gives them the opportunity to swing away with their driver to a wide-open fairway. As players come down the stretch of the last few holes, they must be sure to choose the right club, hit the ball on the green, and make the putt. If they fail to do all of those, the few water and sand hazards can quickly ruin a good score.
As with all the 40+ executive-style layouts on The Villages Executive Golf Trail residents pay no green fees to walk the Southern Star course. They’re free to use their own golf cart if they wish and can purchase a trail pass for a nominal fee on either an annual, semi-annual or per round basis.
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The residents of the Villages of Buttonwood and Tamarind Grove live in comfortable, mid to large-sized golf properties, with living areas ranging from 1,100-square feet to over 2,200-square feet. Almost every golf house has an expansive front and backyard, as well as a wide driveway and generously sized garage. The golf villas enjoy equally attractive, if slightly more modestly proportioned landscaping.
Most golf homes in the community have exteriors finished in neutral colors. On the inside, residents have plenty of space with open two and three-bedroom floor plans. Built from 2010 onwards, many resale golf homes at Buttonwood and Tamarind Grove have benefitted from recent updates to their interior stylings.
For golf enthusiast, the Southern Star Executive Golf Course is the closest of several, while the Jacaranda championship course, originating from the Cane Garden Country Club, wanders through the neighborhood as well. Alternatively, the Sterling Heights Village Recreation Center and the Seabreeze Regional Recreation Center offer plenty of other indoor and outdoor activities for those who like to stay active.