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Lake Jovita Club is Expanding


Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, a 1,054-acre development in Dade City, Florida, continues to expand. The club features the 18-hole South Course, a co-design of PGA Tour star Tom Lehman and golf architect, Kurt Sandness. The layout features the tallest vertical drop in the state – 94 feet from tee to green on the par-5 11th hole. South was recently named one of the top-10 best new upscale courses in the U.S. by Golf Digest. The second 18-hole course, North, has been rough-shaped and is slated to open in November or December 2002.

Dade City lies on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, and Lake Jovita is located 23 miles north of Tampa, just east of I-75. Besides spectacular golf, Lake Jovita features a complete community. Containing 900 homes ranging from million-dollar estates on five acres of lakefront to 1,700 square-foot, fully furnished Club Villas along the course. There are six distinct neighborhoods within Lake Jovita. All homesites are unusually large compared with other Florida communities, and border either the golf course, a lake or wooded preservation areas.

Also on site is a 160-acre lake, six freshwater lakes, a 15-acre practice facility, 100-acre conservation area, swim and tennis center, fitness center, and community park with ballfields and picnic areas. A 32,000-square-foot clubhouse is nearly complete. Project manager, Roy Gaddey, notes, “This is a very different piece of property for most parts of Florida. We are more like a Florida mountain course with hills and mountains similar to (those found in) North Carolina.”

The South Course is currently open to limited public play until the club reaches 300 members. Right now, Lake Jovita has 160 members. For a tee time, call 352/588-9200 or toll-free at 877/481-2652.