As popular as the game of golf is here in The Villages, it might surprise you the amount of people who move here that have never swung a club.
For a lot of people, the game of golf is just too dang hard. And all those rules?
Noticing a decline in new players taking up the game, some of golf’s governing bodies are looking for ways to relax some of the rules with a concept called Friendly Golf.
And why shouldn’t “Florida’s Friendliest Hometown” be at the forefront (see what I did there?) of the Friendly Golf movement?
For now, Friendly Golf is really just a set of recommendations for players to follow that will hopefully make the game more enjoyable for them.
Some of these recommendations include giving yourself a better lie when needed, adjusting the way “out of bounds” shots are counted, a liberal use of “gimme” putts, and more.
Golf Channel host and professional Charlie Rymer was quoted in The Villages Daily Sun as saying: “I think golf needs to be more welcoming to players of all abilities. I’m thrilled that The Villages is giving these recommendations a shot here. Not only is it going to work here, but it is going to inspire other facilities to try things that are similar.”
In other news…
In a recent issue of my monthly newsletter I mentioned that in the aftermath of the recent hurricane and the long power outages some residents experienced, language is being changed in some CDD restrictions to now allow permanent whole-house generators to be installed outside of homes near A/C units and pool equipment.
At first blush this seems great. Residents would be able to power their A/C, refrigerator, lights, and other essentials in the event of another long power outage.
But some are bringing up the fact that when these generators are running, and even when they test themselves weekly as most do, the sound can be deafening.
Combine that with the fact that most homes are so close together here, and you can imagine how the peaceful enjoyment of life could be interrupted.
Villages-News has the story this week of one CDD Supervisor who recalls the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew, and he is voicing his concerns.
I’ve mentioned the issue of hospital wait times before. Not surprisingly, the worse than normal flu season we’re having is not helping.
Last but not least this week, check out this great drone flyover video of the construction going on down in The Village of Fenney: