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The History of Golf Courses at The Plantation at Leesburg

Nestled in the heart of Central Florida retirement life is The Plantation at Leesburg Golf Courses. The Plantation at Leesburg Public Golf Courses are open to the public 7 days a week. Our 2 courses beckon golfers of all skill levels with its two championship courses: the historic Cranes Roost Course and the vibrant Otter Creek Course. But beyond their meticulously manicured greens and challenging layouts lies a rich tapestry of history, woven from tales of visionaries, passionate golfers, and the ever-evolving landscape of the Sunshine State.

Nestled amidst the citrus groves and rolling hills of Central Florida, The Plantation at Leesburg Golf Club stands as a haven for golfers of all stripes. But the verdant fairways and challenging greens hold a story deeper than any bunker – a journey through golfing history that weaves together two championship courses: the legendary Cranes Roost and the enigmatic Otter Creek.

Cranes Roost: From Cattle Ranch to Green Cathedral

The tale begins in the 1960s, when a sprawling cattle ranch nestled amidst the Leesburg countryside envisioned a different future. With a touch of foresight and a love for the game, the land was transformed into a golfing paradise. Thus, in 1971, Cranes Roost emerged, designed by the masterful golf architect, Dick Wilson.

His vision? A course that echoed the natural beauty of Florida, with water features shimmering like hidden lagoons, live oaks draped in Spanish moss, and rolling terrain testing the mettle of even the most seasoned golfer. Cranes Roost quickly climbed the golfing ladder, hosting numerous LPGA events and earning a reputation for its strategic layout and breathtaking scenery.

Otter Creek: A Whisper Through the Pines

As Cranes Roost soared, a desire for a contrasting golfing experience took root. Enter Otter Creek, conceived by renowned architect Bobby Weed in the late 1980s. This 18-hole masterpiece carved its path through dense woodlands, offering a parkland-style play. Wide-open fairways on the front nine yielded to a gauntlet of towering pines and strategically placed water hazards on the back, earning it the nickname “Otter’s Revenge.”

But Otter Creek wasn’t just about difficulty. Its serene backdrop, dotted with sand and loblolly pines, offered a tranquil escape from the bustle of tournament play. It became a haven for casual golfers and families, seeking a laid-back round amidst the whispering pines.

A Tapestry of Two Greens

Today, The Plantation at Leesburg stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of golfing history. Cranes Roost, polished and demanding, continues to attract professionals and aspiring champions. Otter Creek, with its whispering pines and challenging back nine, remains a golfer’s sanctuary, welcoming players of all skill levels.

Whether you’re chasing birdies on Cranes Roost or navigating the hidden hazards of Otter Creek, The Plantation at Leesburg offers an experience that transcends the game. It’s a journey through golfing history, a tapestry woven with lush fairways, sparkling water features, and the whispering pines of Florida. So grab your clubs, step onto the tee box, and discover your own chapter in the story of The Plantation at Leesburg – a tale of birdies, blossoms, and unforgettable rounds.

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