Played this 27 hole semi-private gated community golf course in Venice on Wednesday. Shot an 82 on the Hatchett Creek and the Preserve 9’s. They have a $55 rate all day Wednesday during high season….including golf cart and range. Good value for a course that has been rated Venice’s best since 2002 by the Venice Gondolier and The Venice Herald Tribune.

     I dropped by the membership office to discover the following. Regular Golf Membership Initiation is $12,000 financed but drops to $8000 if paid in full…a huge savings. Fully refundable after a 3 year vesting period. Membership is available to both residents and non residents and are inheritable and transferable. Yearly dues are $4,250 for a family and $3,100 for an individual. There are extended family and house guest privileges…which is good for those who rent out their homes on a short term basis. And finally, there are no assessments.

     As for real estate, this is a private, deed restricted, gated community made up of 1,354 homes. There are five separate neighborhoods…Pelican Pointe 1&2, The Sanctuary, The Links, The Arbors and The Villas. The Villas and Links are maintenance free ( the associations take care of the lawns, sprinklers, shrubs and exteriors of the buildings ). The others contain single family homes of all sizes with views of lakes, tropical woodlands, or nature preserves. Drop me an e-mail if you would like to be sent samples of some current listings in all price ranges.