How do we stop the addition of Pitch and Putt courses?

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Old 01-21-2023, 06:40 PM
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Default How do we stop the addition of Pitch and Putt courses?

Three pitch and putt courses south of 44. These courses are the last to get booked which is a clear indicator that they are least desirable for home owners. This activity of building non-desirable pitch and putt courses south of 44 continues to put pressure on executive courses north of 44. How do we stop this bad behavior? I sent a mail to villages.com but wonder if there is a better way.

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Old 01-21-2023, 06:54 PM
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Old 01-21-2023, 07:18 PM
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I don’t know why they built Richmond as a pitch & putt instead of as an executive. It is 18 holes and the total length is about 1300 yards. You could easily put a nine hole executive on the piece of land.
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Old 01-21-2023, 07:22 PM
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I agree Rainger99. Same could be said for Marsh View. So how do we stop their bad behavior? Build what home owners want or The Villages will decline.
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Old 01-21-2023, 07:30 PM
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Waste of resources. Executive courses from green tees are the same thing as pitch putt
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Old 01-21-2023, 07:34 PM
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Babubhat, I don’t understand your reply. Could you elaborate?
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Old 01-21-2023, 08:37 PM
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Let’s cut to the chase. It is a fact that the pitch and putt courses book last, thus they are the least desirable courses to play. Why? It is a fact that 190 yd tee shots are harder than 90 yd tee shots. Contrary to what others may imply. People want to play courses that offer challenges. If you are ok with pitch and putt courses. Or if you are ok with people south of 44 driving north to play then please push back on my post. Otherwise, I am simply asking if there are ways to help influence the developers to build what home owners want.
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Old 01-21-2023, 08:43 PM
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You're right, since there are now more people playing Pickleball than golf, those resources should be devoted to more Pickleball facilities.

Covered with lights would be really great.
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Old 01-21-2023, 08:45 PM
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Not a reply that I expected. But it is respected. 😊
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Old 01-21-2023, 08:51 PM
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There are thousands of people on TOTV. People should post their preferences - executive courses or pitch & putts.

If you want the developer to build more executive courses, post that.

If you want the developer to build more pitch & putts, post that.

We can send the results to the developer. I would think he might be interested in the results.
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Old 01-21-2023, 08:52 PM
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What do you expect? If the developer has a choice of building an Executive course on a piece of land or jamming it with saleable houses, it's no surprise what takes preference. They would put in mini golf if they thought it would fool enough people.
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Old 01-21-2023, 08:58 PM
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Yep…. If people don’t stand up they will go to virtual golf. What could be cheaper? I have contacted them, is there batter suggestions?
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Old 01-21-2023, 11:49 PM
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Didn’t realize that the pitch and putts needed tee times. As for anyone south playing up north, that is what the courses are there for. Anyone can play anywhere.
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Old 01-22-2023, 01:13 AM
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I don’t know why they built Richmond as a pitch & putt instead of as an executive. It is 18 holes and the total length is about 1300 yards. You could easily put a nine hole executive on the piece of land.
Have you played Richmond? I have. The total length might be 1300 yards, but there's no way there's enough real estate there to make it an executive or at least one worth playing. When you start building holes over 150 yards you actually need a reasonable width for a fairway. Richmond is already extremely tight even for a pitch n putt. The width allotted for each hole is quite narrow. In fact there's at least 3 holes on that course where it's not difficult to accidentally land your drive on a different green than you're aiming for.

Playing on Richmond it's very obvious it was built as a buffer to the turnpike. Seems like that's why March Bend Pitch n Putt was built as well. In the case of Richmond though, they probably could've made it an Executive but it would probably mean an extra 20 homes not being built to create the extra space. Of course that means less profit for the developer. Would've been a great location for an executive though.
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Old 01-22-2023, 04:27 AM
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The least they could do is treat the Pitch and Putt courses as a separate category in the reservation system like they do with Executive and Championship courses. I would actually play them if it did not add a point to my Executive play totals. It is a point that impacts getting group reservations in the system and should not be considered as having played an Executive course.
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