The Golf Carts of The Villages, Florida
Billed as The World’s Friendliest Retirement Hometown, The Villages about an hour north of Orlando, Florida near Lady Lake is a lot like other retirement villages – and that means lots of golf carts. Everywhere there be golf carts.
When I first heard the name The Villages I pictured that M. Night Shyamalan movie The Village from 2004 — no electricity, folks in get-ups from olden times, hooded creatures, giant wall with blind ladies hopping over it — you know, that sort of thing.
I was in Orlando as part of the Aeroplan Welcome Aboard Event – a special flight exclusively for Aeroplan members/CIBC Aero cardholders, and when I got word my old school friends Sue and Simone (not retirement-age old by the way) were visiting relatives at the Villages during the same timeframe, I hightailed it north to meet up. And to get an up-close look at bonafide Florida retirement community.
And I have to say, I was a little surprised. I did not see anyone in olden time clothes.
In fact, The Villages seems to attract seniors as sun-soaked and well-manicured as its golf courses. And since most of the retirees I saw were of the well-to-do variety, the golf carts from front-end to back-end are…well, pretty high-end.
Many residents here have more than one golf cart per family – a his and hers type situation. And that makes sense. Golf carts are environmentally friendly, they’re easy on gas, and since there are golf cart lanes throughout the entire community, it’s generally a lot easier to get around too.
The village itself is a little piece of utopia carved out of the green – it’s got easy access to Orlando, has all the facilities you’d expect of a retirement village, and the town square has a happy hour each night with fixed-income friendly alcohol prices. In all, a pretty nice place to while away your golden years.
Hopefully still a few years away for this fella.
If you’re flying to Florida and are concerned about the environment, Aeroplan has a great Carbon Offset Program as part of their Green It Up initiative. But if you can, do try to use a golf cart while you are there – they’re a heckuva lot of fun.