Golf Course Florida

Whether You’re a Newbie or an Old Pro, Big Cypress Golf Course Will Suit You to a Tee

Head shot of Scott YatesAre you scouting around for a new golf course to try? Would you like to join a golf club with a jam-packed calendar of events and members who build friendships around their love of the game? In either case, Big Cypress Golf Club at Cypress Lakes in Lakeland, FL, is worth looking into. Our 36-hole golf course sports a meticulously tended carpet of grass that’s dotted with glistening lakes and fringed by stately cypress and palm trees, and our greens boast the velvety allure of Diamond Zoysia. In addition to the beauty of the land, one of our biggest assets is golf pro Scott Yates, whose passion for the game is matched only by his desire to make Big Cypress the golf course with something for every player, no matter his or her skill level.

A PGA member for more than 20 years, Scott moved to Florida from Michigan to enjoy better weather and spend more time on the golf course. Since he joined the Big Cypress staff in 2013, he has become an easily recognized figure around the pro shop, restaurant, and out on the greens, where golfers regularly stop him to thank him for tips that have helped improve their game. He’s also happy to answer questions about his favorite pastime and the best place to pursue it: Big Cypress Golf Club.

Ask the Pro: Q & A with Scott Yates

Q: We live in Central Florida and have family members who are accomplished golfers coming to visit. We’d like to join them in a golf game while they’re here, but we’re much less experienced. What should we look for in a golf course so that we all have a good time?

A: Big Cypress Golf Club offers two terrific 18-hole golf courses. The challenging South Course features five sets of tees and a par of 72. The North Course is a par 60 course that meanders through the wetlands and can be played in less than three hours.

Q: I like to play golf, but I’ve never actually joined a golf club. I enjoy playing at Big Cypress Golf Club. What will I get for my investment if I become a member?

A: The benefits of being a golf member at Big Cypress Golf Club start with preferred tee times. Members may request a specific tee time 10 days prior to play, and actual times are posted five days prior to play. The Golf Membership is basically unlimited golf, as members are invited to play a quick nine or even less after dinner or early evenings at their leisure. Golf members enjoy several discounts, too, including a family guest rate, merchandise, and range plan discounts.  There are also member-only events, such as Championships and weekly association games, and Member/Guest events that are open to members and their invited guests.

Q: I’ve been invited to play golf with friends at Big Cypress Golf Club, but I’ve never played the game. What basic equipment will I need to get started?

A: Big Cypress Golf Club offers expansive practice areas including a sand bunker and putting green. The best way to start playing golf is with a series of lessons from our PGA Golf Professional that includes a session on the course. Rental sets, balls, and gloves are available in the Golf Shop. A quick round on the executive-length North Course is also a great way to start in a comfortable environment

Q: I am looking to join a golf club that offers a variety of games. I am a low handicap, yet enjoy playing in couples’ events with my wife and also fun, non-competitive, and casual rounds of golf. Will it be hard to find a game at Big Cypress?

A: Big Cypress is the golf course for you! The challenging and fun South Course attracts good players and there are several groups of low-handicap games for you to join. Sunday mornings are normally couples’ open play, and once a month we offer a club-organized event called Guys N Dolls, as well as Night Golf and various holiday events and fundraisers. All of these offer noncompetitive, enjoyable rounds throughout the year.

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We’ll be delighted to tell you more about our award-winning golf course, one of the best in Florida! Contact us today for details or to schedule a visit.

Best Places to Live in Florida

Why Many Adults 55 & Older Find Cypress Lakes Is One of the Best Places to Live in Florida

What would make a Florida community one of the best places to live for you? Easy access to a golf game whenever you want? Relaxing with neighbors by the community pool? Taking family and friends to a theme park and returning to your home-sweet-home, all in the same day?

If you’re an active older adult with your heart set on enjoying those kinds of activities when you retire, but you’re worried about exhausting your retirement savings, consider purchasing a home in Cypress Lakes. This gated manufactured-home community for active adults 55 and older is owned and operated by Blair Group, an award-winning developer that takes pride in making a Florida lifestyle affordable. Although the homes for sale in Cypress Lakes typically cost less than site-built homes, they often have luxury features such as island kitchens and vaulted ceilings. This means you can enjoy comfortable living quarters and all the sun and fun of a Florida retirement without stressing about your finances.

Indeed, living with less stress is a great reason to retire to Cypress Lakes, but there are many other features that make our community one of the best places to live in Florida. Here are a few of them:


Our beautifully landscaped, 1,000-acre community in Lakeland, FL, is ideally situated between Orlando and Tampa. This location puts a wealth of tourist attractions and boating opportunities within an easy driving distance. There are also numerous world-class health care facilities and two major airports in this area.

On-Site Amenities

Cypress Lakes is a golfer’s dream, with two 18-hole championship courses on the property, along with a pro shop and restaurant. The spacious community clubhouse includes a 5,000-square-foot fitness center. There are also facilities for indoor and outdoor games, including billiards, darts, cards, tennis, bocce ball, shuffleboard, and horseshoes. Plus, a full-time activities director offers a wide variety of club meetings and classes, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Schedule a Visit

The best way to find out why Cypress Lakes is one of the best places to live in Florida is to schedule a community tour. Contact our Lifestyle Team today to make the arrangements.

Why New York Retirees Flock to Cypress Lakes – One of the Premier Retirement Communities in FL

Retirement Communities New YorkWhen older adults in New York State begin to weigh their options with regard to retirement communities in Florida, it’s no wonder why so many end up becoming residents of Cypress Lakes. Our 55+ golf community in Lakeland is a magnet for retirees from New York and elsewhere who desire resort-style living yet also affordable housing along with a quiet residential refuge right in the heart of the Sunshine State. Indeed, Cypress Lakes isn’t just a place to live … it’s a lifestyle! Our residents are united in the belief that retirement should be spent enjoying oneself to the fullest and doing those things that perhaps just weren’t possible while earning a living and/or raising a family.

Golf, Anyone?

A big reason why Cypress Lakes is widely considered to be one of the premier retirement communities in Central Florida is the fact that we have two exceptionally well-maintained 18-hole golf courses on site! Our courses are suitable for low handicappers, those new to the game, and all skill levels in between. The South Course is a par 72, 6,680-yard layout from the back tees, while the North Course is a par 60 executive-length course clocking in at just 3,494 yards at its longest. The latter is great for either novice golfers or those who are just looking to get in a speedy nine or 18.

Book a Tee Time

Members of the Big Cypress Golf Club who wish to schedule a tee time for the South or North Course may do so by calling 863-248-0284 and entering their member number when prompted to do so. Members may also book tee times online, as well as check tee time availability, by clicking this link and inputting their member number and password. Non-members who would like more information or to schedule a tee time are encouraged to call the Big Cypress Golf Club pro shop at 863-859-6871.

Contact Cypress Lakes today for additional information about why those of retirement age from New York, other U.S. states, and Canada decide to become residents of our welcoming gated community just north of the I-4 corridor in Lakeland. You are also welcome to click here for up-to-date information regarding the new and pre-owned manufactured homes for sale at Cypress Lakes.

The Annual Cypress Lakes Halloween Dance & Raffle – October 31, 2018

The Annual Cypress Lakes Halloween Dance & RaffleMark your calendars for one of the most popular events of the year at Cypress Lakes – the annual Halloween dance and raffle! The evening is sure to be full of fun, laughter – and yes – lots of dancing.

Performing again this year will be The Ladyz & The Boyz, a virtuoso ensemble boasting a repertoire ranging from the golden age of rock and roll to many of the leading hits of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and today. This five-member tribute band has been headlining the always-popular Cypress Lakes Halloween Dance for more than a decade and is certain to provide a night of memorable entertainment. With hits by Stevie Wonder, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, and Michael Jackson, The Ladyz and The Boyz has an extensive and ever-growing song list that encapsulates over a half century of dance-friendly musical hits.

Event Details

The 2018 Cypress Lakes Halloween Dance will be held on Wednesday, October 31, in the main clubhouse ballroom from 7 to 10 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m. First- and second-place prizes will be awarded for best costume. You are invited to click here to view past costume photos. Tickets to the dance are $10 and can be purchased in advance at the Big Cypress Grill. There will be snacks, cash bar (no BYOB, please), and a raffle for anyone who wishes to participate.

Halloween is a joyous occasion for people of all ages. At Cypress Lakes, it is just one of many special occasions that our residents celebrate by coming together and enjoying one another’s company. Our activity calendar is practically brimming with events ranging from formal gatherings to less-structured get-togethers. The 55+ community of Cypress Lakes in Lakeland, FL, features 36 holes of championship golf plus a recently renovated, multimillion-dollar clubhouse and a great selection of affordably priced manufactured homes for sale.

Contact the Lifestyle Team at Cypress Lakes today for information regarding our 55-plus community. We have long been a destination for retirees from many U.S. states and Canada.

Why Work With Cypress Lakes

Why Work Directly with Cypress Lakes When Selling or Buying a Home in Our 55+ Community?

Are you a current Cypress Lakes homeowner who has decided the time has come to sell? Are you looking at 55+ communities in Florida and desire professional assistance navigating the sometimes intimidating home-buying process? If either one describes you, then you will be pleased to know that Team Cypress is committed to helping you experience the most rewarding transaction possible. Our Housing Consultants are highly experienced individuals who know the 55+ community of Cypress Lakes through and through. Indeed, nobody appreciates the “ins and outs” of this community better than we do! Our Sales & Information Center – located just steps from the main entry gate off U.S. 98 in Lakeland – is staffed by five full-time sales professionals, including two who call Cypress Lakes home themselves! We also have a dedicated marketing team that promotes our homes for sale to tens of thousands of prospective buyers through a diverse network of print and electronic advertising channels.

Information Is Power

Selling or buying a home isn’t something that most of us do very often. In fact, it can be a life-changing transaction involving back-and-forth negotiation, piles of paperwork, and – yes – a considerable amount of money. For this reason, it can be reassuring to know that, at Cypress Lakes, our Housing Consultants always go out of their way to achieve complete transparency through the provision of accurate and timely information regarding our current housing inventory. Facilitating home sales is entirely what we do every single day, and as such, we are highly skilled at bringing sellers and buyers together and doing whatever we can to uphold the highest standards of ethics, integrity, honesty, and customer service.

But, why just take our word for it? We will be pleased to put you in touch with individuals who have recently either sold or bought a home at Cypress Lakes with our help.

You can also browse through our collection of wonderful reviews from our residents … The consensus is that our team isn’t just extensively knowledgeable but also always willing to tailor its services to each client’s individual housing needs and lifestyle goals. 

Contact Us

Stop by or call us today at 1-800-888-3789 with questions regarding the possible sale or purchase of a home at Cypress Lakes. We are also available to help facilitate short-term seasonal rentals!

Why Michigan Residents Love the 55 Plus Community of Cypress Lakes in Central FL

Cypress Lakes – A Popular Retirement Community among Michigan Residents & One of the Premier 55 Communities in Florida

55 Communities MichiganMichigan certainly can be a great place to live and raise a family. At some point, though, many older Michigan residents develop an all-too-understandable desire to live in a warmer clime and seek out the many rejuvenating activities that the Sunshine State has to offer. Blair Group is an award-winning developer of age-restricted 55 communities in Florida and has a long tradition of helping Michigan residents – as well as those from other states and countries – to pursue an affordable Florida lifestyle.

One of our communities, Cypress Lakes, is immensely popular among both retirees and older adults still working. The main attraction? While Cypress Lakes certainly does have a lot to recommend it, such as a multimillion dollar-clubhouse complex complete with two heated swimming pools and an onsite bar and restaurant, there is little doubt that the centerpiece of our 55 community is our 36 holes of championship golf.

Big Cypress Golf Club

Golfers of all skills levels, and even those new to the game, can find something to enjoy at our Big Cypress Golf Club. The more experienced players will perhaps be inclined to take on the 6,650-yard South Course, a challenging, yet fair, Ron Garl-designed layout that calls for precision ball striking and careful negotiation on and around the greens. The 3,494-yard North Course is great for the more novice golfer or anyone just looking to get in a speedy nine or 18. It is a par 60 executive course featuring multiple water hazards, nearly 20 sand bunkers, Bermuda grass fairways, and Tifdwarf greens.

Big Cypress Golf Club has a PGA Professional on staff, an onsite putting green and range, and a fully stocked pro shop featuring a wide range of golf attire and equipment, from clubs and balls to gloves and bags and more!

Visit Cypress Lakes

If you happen to be visiting Florida from Michigan, be sure to pencil in some time to take a tour of Cypress Lakes and see for yourself how we stack up against other 55 communities in the state. Contact our Lifestyle Team today for additional information.


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