19 August 15  |  Living   |  

What Is the History of Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club?

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club didn’t always blanket 1,300 acres of rolling Central Florida terrain with residential splendor, recreational delight and luxury living. For years the expanse of land was merely one rustic spread west of Ocala, the horse capitol of the world.

But it took a dream to make this vision rise to life, a dream nourished in the heart of one family, the Roberts.

Five decades ago, Ralph L. “Larry” Roberts I., a teenager, dreamt of starting his own business. He bought a truck which he used to haul furniture.

Over the years, Mr. Roberts, who is known as “Senior,” built the internationally acclaimed logistics company known as R+L Carriers, which now has nearly 13,000 tractors and trailers. Wilmington, Ohio-based R+L Carriers operates in all 50 states, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and many Caribbean Islands.

What Is the History of Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club?

Roberts Builds Central Florida Wonderland

The family had a vision of creating a golf and equestrian wonderland – and that vision became reality. Visitors to Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club will see for themselves the artistry of fountains, statuary and gardens and the creative intricacies that were invested into this Floridian paradise.

The Roberts’ desire was to share this dream and began work on the 1,300 acres to build a golf and equestrian community that reflected the grandeur of their own estate where families are able to enjoy horseback riding, championship golf, luxury homes and superior amenities.

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club has fashioned this monumental endeavor with uncompromised excellence into ten neighborhoods – from magnificent estates at Lakeside to beautiful single-family villas in Eagles Landing – each of which exemplifies the Roberts’ family keen dedication to detail and perfection.

This gated community – stretching elegantly across serene country side upon the Sunshine State’s tender landscape – provides a unique lifestyle that includes champion golf and tennis, an equestrian center, a state-of-the-art spa and fitness center and a stately 77,000-square- foot clubhouse. A challenging 18-hole, Ron Garl-designed golf course that is host to the LPGA Coates Golf Championship presented by R+L Carriers. The golf course incorporates eight masterfully recreated tribute holes from some of the world’s finest, including Augusta, Royal Troon, Baltusrol, Muirfield and St. Andrews.

The Spa & Tennis Club at Golden Ocala is a 17,000 square-foot monument dedicated to total well-being. Golden Ocala’s Equestrian Center offers an attractive stable, paddocks, riding arena and all manner of equestrian services.

Golden Ocala offers an array of elite memberships and provides members with exclusive benefits. Contact us about becoming a part of the Golden Ocala experience.

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