Duval / Double Palms Executive Golf Facility
These courses and the golf practice facility were our first golf contracts and transitioned Down To Earth from a full service landscape and irrigation company to include a golf maintenance division. Down To Earth approached golf maintenance with the same business strategy and principles that had made it successful since 1989: surround yourself with personnel that care and offer a service and product that demonstrate that to the client. Conditions of the courses were poor initially, but Down To Earth was able to restore the courses back to The Villages standards. Over the past six years, Down To Earth Golf has been able to prove our commitment to excellence in golf maintenance. As stated earlier, Down To Earth still maintains all of the golf facilities that we have ever undertaken. Our dedication to excellence is the reason that Down To Earth has increased the number of holes maintained in The Villages from the initial 36 at this property to its current number of 198.
A perennial favorite on the Executive Golf Trail, the Truman course packs a lot of fun, challenging golf into just nine holes. In fact, Truman consistently ranks among the The Villages Executive Golf Trail courses getting the most play year after year. Highlights include number 4 which has the unique feature of accommodating two greens. The par 3 number 8 is generally considered to be Truman’s “signature hole” and one of the more challenging par 3s on the Trail. From a slightly elevated tee, it’s all carry over water to land on the green and more than a few golfers manage to come up short on number 8. Yardages will vary from 1022 yards to 1765 yards. No matter where you tee it up, Truman will show you a good time and offer challenging golf.
Make no mistake, Roosevelt is a fun, but challenging golf course. Playing here you will shoot uphill and downhill and putt on large, undulating greens. During your round it’s quite possible you will need every club in your bag. The signature hole on Roosevelt is the par 4 number six. Straight uphill, land it between a scattering of oaks guarding either side of the fairway. This beautiful hole plays 205 yards from the forward tees and 280 from the tips. This scenic Level 4 course is par 29 and can play as short as 1080 yards or as long as 1751 yards from the back tees.
The focus is on fun at Turtle Mound. Everyone can enjoy a round here, but it is designed to be a course that is relatively easy for the beginning player. Fairways are forgiving and the course plays fairly short, even from the rear tees. A much-talked about hole on Turtle Mound is the par 3 number four. First, a substantial carry over water is required and that shot must then find a small green protected in front by a large, inviting bunker. The good news is, there are multiple tee boxes that can be used that change the angle of attack on number four. Play smart! Turtle Mound is a par 27 course that beginners will appreciate – playing as short as 804 from the front tees and as long as 1323 yards from the back.
If you prefer your golf courses flat, Sandhill may not be your first choice – although it is a very fair test of golf ability for players of all levels. As is true on a few other courses on the Executive Golf Trail, Sandhill starts easier than it finishes. Which is to say, bank your birdies early in your round because they won’t come easy later on. The hole many people talk about at Sandhill is number three, a par three that requires a carry over water no matter which tee box you play from (103 yards from the front tees, 184 yards from the back tees). Sandhill is a par 28 course with “up front” yardage of 998, and which stretches to 1657 yards if you tee off from the back markers.
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