Harbor Hills Country Club

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Charity Golf Tournament

A Message From Fellow Member J.T. Smith

Hello Neighbors,

On 4/28/2012, my church, North Lake Presbyterian, will be sponsoring a golf tournament at Harbor Hills to raise money for our our "Operation Homebound" outreach program. Five days a week, over 200 volunteers prepare and deliver a healthy meal to 200 shut-ins in the Lady Lake area. This tournament will help fund that program.

But, to make it a success, I need your help in one of the following ways:

1.Play In The Tournament - You can arrange your own foursome or sign up as a single, couple, etc. The cost is $110 each which includes a dinner-dance on 4/27, golf and luncheon on 4/28. For a non-playing spouse to attend dinner is $35. Applications with more details are available outside the Pro Shop.
2.Be A Hole Monitor - You will be at a particular hole to verify the team's score and use of a mulligan. We need lots of volunteers for this.
3.Loan Us Your Cart - We only have 66 carts in our fleet and will need 10-15 more. It cost $100 per cart to bring extras from outside and we can't afford that.

If you can be a hole monitor or loan us your cart, please let me know ASAP on 750-6727 or wachesaw@aol.com .

As always, I know I can count on you.

Thank you and God Bless,

J.T. Smith

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Leesburg Newcomers Club's at Harbor Hills Raises money for Children

Leesburg Newcomers Club's Roaring '20s event raises money for Children's Advocacy Center
March 27, 2012

LADY LAKE — Ray Wright, left, playing Charlie Chaplin, and David Ladd, as a gangster, pose in front of Ladd's Chrysler that was part of a Roaring '20s fashion, talent and car show held recently at Harbor Hills Country Club by the Leesburg Newcomers Club.

The event raised $1,000 for the Lake-Sumter Children's Advocacy Center in Leesburg, said Kathy O'Brien, treasurer of the newcomers group.

"That's what it was about — that and having fun," O'Brien said.

The advocacy center provides free services to child-abuse victims and their families, facilitates prosecution efforts against perpetrators and gives emotional and physical support to victims' families. In 2009, the newcomers club received the Advocacy in Action Award from the Florida Network of Children's Advocacy Centers.

Real Estate Buyer's Market

This is a buyers market right?

Your probably like many saying, “I’ll wait around to see what else comes on the market and make a low ball offer.” Not so fast! Believe it or not prices in our community are rising. Over the last few years we've gone from over 75 homes on the market to just under 30. If you were lucky enough to buy a home in 2009 or 2010 your home has probably increased in value. Homes that are being purchased today are about 2% to 4% more than they were then. So what are you waiting for? With interest rates at an all time low and a community like Harbor Hills our home values will keep increasing.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Country Club Community Popular Golf Tournament Formats

In honor of this weekend's annual Harbor Hills Member Member Match Play Tournament we have compiled a list of the most popular Golf Tournament Formats.

1. Scramble
The Scramble is probably the most-common format for team tournaments. It can be played by 2-, 3- or 4-person teams, and involves choosing the one best shot following every stroke, with each team member then playing again from that one spot. Variants include the Texas Scramble, Florida Scramble and Ambrose.

2. Best Ball
In a Best Ball tournament, all members of each team play their own balls on each hole. At the completion of the hole, the lowest score among all team members serves as the team score. Best Ball can also be called Four Ball, and variations include 1-2-3 Best Ball.

3. Alternate Shot
Alternate Shot is a format for 2-person teams and is sometimes called Foursomes. The two players on a team alternate hitting shots, playing the same ball. Odds and Evens and Scotch Foursomes are other versions of Alternate Shot.

4. Modified Stableford
A Modified Stableford competition can be played by individuals or as a team tournament. In Modified Stableford, the idea is to have the highest score - because your score on each hole is worth a certain amount of points. A birdie, for example, might be worth 2 points. The International, played on the PGA Tour every year, is a Modified Stableford.

5. Chapman (Pinehurst)
When the Chapman System (a k a Pinehurst System) is the format for a tournament, it means that 2-person teams will be competing. Chapman is really a melding of several formats into one. In a Chapman event, teammates switch balls after their tee shots, select the one best ball after their second shots, then play alternate shot until the ball is holed.

6. Bingo Bango Bongo
This is one of the most popular formats for golf association tournaments and league tournaments. Bingo Bango Bongo rewards players for three things on each hole: being the first player in the group to get onto the green; being closest to the hole once all group members are on the green; and being the first player in the cup.

7. Flags
In a Flags tournament, all golfers begin the round with a set number of strokes (related to their handicaps), and they play until their strokes run out. The player who makes it farthest on his or her allotment of strokes is the winner.

8. Lone Ranger
Lone Ranger, also called Money Ball, Yellow Ball or Pink Ball, puts the onus on one player per team per hole to come through with a good score. Players in a group of four rotate as the "Lone Ranger;" on each hole, the score of the designated Lone Ranger is combined with the low score of the other three team members for the team score.

9. Peoria System
The Peoria System is a sort of 1-day handicap system for a stroke play tournament in which most of the players do not have established handicaps. It allows all players to, following the round, deduce something resembling a handicap allowance and apply it to their scores. Peoria involves totaling your score on preselected (but secret, until after the round) holes, then doing some multiplication and division.

10. Callaway System
Like Peoria, the Callaway System is a quasi-handicapping system that can be employed for a stroke play event in which most of the particants do not have handicaps. The Callaway System involves consulting a chart following the round to determine a handicap deduction and handicap allowance.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Custom homes at Harbor Hills

A luxury custom home is more than just a house. It's the culmination of years of your hard work. It's your dream, and your retreat. It's where you enjoy the quality moments of your life. Building your custom home in Florida should be among those moments.

Our process for taking your custom home from an idea to a reality is unlike any you'll find in Central Florida. We've developed and continue to optimize a highly systemized approach to every aspect of the custom home building process. From lot analysis, to design, through selections, and on to construction and closing...no other builder has the expertise, talent or systems that we provide. The result is a building experience that is as exciting and rewarding as the final product. We invite you to discover luxury custom golf homes in Harbor Hills.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The American dream of owning a home is far from dead

Buy a New Home Today & Save Thousands for all your Tomorrow’s

It bears repeating “The American dream of owning a home is far from dead.” There is no better time to buy a new home than TODAY. Mortgages rates are at multi year lows. Prices have been reduced, in some cases, to pre 2000.

So, imagine going to your favorite department store and seeing everything on sale. Or, think of going to your Local Car Dealer and seeing prices lower than they have been in years. You wouldn’t want to miss out on those huge savings. Well, this is today’s housing market and the Dream of Home Ownership is very much alive. Home ownership has been the housing choice for the majority of US households since WWII. While home prices, locations and types may have changed over the years, the quest to own a home has continued to grow for nearly 65 years. The social benefits and financial security through home equity are only a few of the driving factors that keep the American dream of home ownership alive.

It is almost impossible to pick the exact bottom or top of any market; or when it’s going to get better. Still, we do know that people buy houses based on Curb appeal, and we at Harbor Hills are doing the very best we can to keep our Curb Appeal of our community at the top of the Bell curve.

Curb Appeal not only includes the aesthetics of the homes in our community, such as architectural style and the related accessories of trim, windows, shutters, landscaping, paint and greenery. It also include the aesthetics of the community such as Golf courses, Country Club, Tennis courts, common areas, roadways, gate houses and access control. Communities like Harbor Hills that offer Excellent Community Aesthetics will appreciate faster than other communities here in Central Florida because we offer the entire package. Harbor Hills is the premier gated community in Central Florida; taking excellent care of its common areas as well as ensuring the quality and appeal of the homes in the community. As you drive through are community; you soon realize it is second to none.

We feel that now is an excellent time to take advantage of lower new home costs, generated due to lower costs in labor and material, and low interest rates that make for more affordable mortgages.
New homes in our BellaVista section feature updated state of the art designs. We have revised our Toscano and Arrezzo plans and “Green Features”; which should reduce energy costs by 50 percent when compared to the energy costs of an older pre-owned home, and simultaneously improve the health of our environment. Some of these features include: spray foam insulation, double pane insulated windows, energy star appliances where applicable, higher S.E.E.R air conditioning systems and ventilated soffits.

We are excited to be in the process of starting two new Homes in Bella Vista; a brand new Four bedroom model and an enlarged “Toscano II”. We are also in the process of permitting our Brand New Low Maintenance Luxury Villas recently approved for Harbor Hills. In our opinion, Builders must provide compelling reasons to buy their homes. So, all these new homes are being built with the latest’s innovations.
Every member of the Harbor Hills team is committed to customer satisfaction and quality of workmanship. Building a new home or is a journey that without the right guidance can become riddled with stress & runaway budgets. There are so many different products and styles available, that too often buyers feel overwhelmed with choices. Our team helps guide buyers through this process in a way that makes them confident and comfortable with their selections.

The goal of the Harbor Hills team is to provide you with the best practices in design, construction and the best building products being offered today. Guiding this process are Harbor Hills’ four most important principals; communication, organization, personal attention & integrity. Our customers are our best references. Schedule a tour of the Harbor Hills community and you will have the opportunity to speak with our customers, visit their homes and see for yourself; the value of building a Harbor Hills homes.

For information on how Our Team can help you build your Dream Home stop by our Real Estate Information Center in our Clubhouse or call us at 1-800-822-5558 or email us at harborhillssalesinfo@harborhills.com

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Looking for some great Recipes?

Join Chef Rob in an intimate setting as he shares his secrets and techniques
for enhancing food at the Harbor Hills Country Club.

The preparation and sampling plus a specialty drink will make another
lively afternoon event. We are excited about this new series of cooking
classes, so be sure and bring a friend.

Monday, April 23rd
Sauce it Up
Perfect the craft of one of the most popular “mother sauces” and learn how to
add variety to these sauces to suit a variety of dishes.
Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Monday, June 18th
Salad Dressings 101
Learn the difference between broken and emulsified oil and vinegar
dressings and how by adding fresh ingredients you help create the perfect
homemade dressing.