Travel Photo of the Week — Souped-up Golf Carts

Posted by - March 23, 2012 | Category: Escapes, North America, United States

The Golf Carts of The Villages, Florida

Custom golf carts, The Villages, Florida -- Aeroplan 010

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.

Detroit Red Wings golf cart -- The Villages, Florida -- Aeroplan 007

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.

Custom golf carts in The Villages, Florida -- Aeroplan 009

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.

Custom high-end golf cart -- The Villages, Florida -- Aeroplan 012

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.

Golf carts -- The Villages, Florida -- Aeroplan 002

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.

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29 comments - add one
  1. Yay! We made it to the MOTL blog! Maybe we WILL be able to retire with the millions of coconuts we were promised for access to Les Villages. Next time we will give you a ride in the golf car! 🙂 Cheers!

  2. I love golf carts, they are so much fun to drive. The island I used to live on had them as a primary means of transport – they are awesome for sliding round corners 😀 Love the creativity of these ones!

  3. I caught a TV show featuring these a few months ago, and I can tell you, it’s about the only thing that ever came close to inspiring me to move to a swamp world where the closest thing to a cool breeze is the air that comes out of the Safeway freezers as you reach for a frozen pizza.

  4. I’m not ready for a golf cart yet, but they do look like a fantastic way to get around. I’ve been an Aeroplan member for ever. I wish they would do a promotion in Asia!

  5. I love that you visited the Villages! My friends’ parents are preachers, and they moved down there–they’re 50 and about 20 years younger than the average age. Surprisingly, though, they say they perform just as many weddings as funerals =) I guess old people like to make it official just like the young!

  6. Okay, some of these have to be more than the cost of anything I own!! Those are some sweet rides.

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