With the opening of four Har-Tru tennis courts, residents of Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville have an even wider range of ways to spend their free time.
From golf on the Pete Dye course to swimming in the resort-style pool, homeowners in the community developed by LandMar Group LLC have access to a lifestyle rivaled by few others, says Jim Doyle, vice president of sales and marketing.
"The completion of the tennis courts rounds out the amenity package we offer to homeowners," Doyle says. "We have the only Pete Dye Signature Championship Course in the area. It is ranked 30 on the 2006 Top 50 Best New Courses and 77 on the 2006 Top 100 Residential Courses by GolfWeek magazine, one of the nation's leading golf publications."
Doyle adds that under the guidance of a lifestyles director, residents can participate in activities from kayaking to book clubs.
The community's location and amenities have attracted diverse buyers, says sales manager and resident Steve Erick.
"We're seeing a lot of people from Tampa who are buying homes in Southern Hills Plantation Club," he says. "Its location is key: People drive an hour or so to get to their weekend or vacation home here rather than 10 or 12 hours to North Carolina or Georgia.
"And the amenities - especially the golf course and its reputation - are a big draw."
Southern Hills Plantation Club also boasts a 20,000-square-foot clubhouse, featuring a grand dining room, a private dining room and a lounge.
All of the dining areas lead to a veranda with panoramic views of the first hole and 18th greens and fairways, Doyle says.
The lower level of the clubhouse includes the PGA pro-managed golf shop, men's and women's lounges and locker rooms and a screened cigar patio. A snack bar serves the lounge and outside seating areas.
A spa and fitness center also is at residents' disposal and features steam rooms, spa treatment rooms, free weights and weight and cardio machines. Personal trainers are on hand to offer tips and advice. A resort-style heated pool with lap area provides the perfect place for water aerobic classes and other exercise activities, Doyle says.
LandMar is offering home buyers who purchase a manor, mansion or retreat lot a $15,000 credit toward any level of club membership initiation fee, Erick says.
"The incentive allows buyers an even better value to enjoy the unique club lifestyle at Southern Hills Plantation Club,'' Erick says.
Plus, with the Golf Villas under construction by Bayfair Homes, homeowners who have opted to purchase a second home at Southern Hills also can take advantage of the community's short-term rental plan, when they are not using their homes and offset the cost of their investment.
Owners also enjoy reciprocal play at other LandMar courses throughout Florida and southeast Georgia, Doyle notes.
"Southern Hills is an ideal alternative for Florida residents who want to own a second home in the mountains without having to travel a day to get there, allowing the luxury of being able to retreat to a vacation home more often," Erick says. "We've seen a tremendous interest from Tampa Bay area residents."
Southern Hills Plantation Club offers homes from six builders. When complete, the community will include about 1,000 homes. It features maintenance-free cottages, manors, estates and mansions priced from the $300,000s to more than $1 million. Lots are available for direct purchase with flexible construction terms from the $80,000s.
Southern Hills Plantation Club is convenient to Tampa International Airport and shopping, entertainment and sports venues in the Tampa Bay area via the Suncoast Expressway.
The sales center and models are open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 1-888-764-4559 or visit www.sohilly.com.