Florida from a Kayak's experienced staff helps launch paddlers from the Jones Cypress Cove Marina shore on aquatic expeditions through Lake Minnehaha and the seven surrounding bodies of water of the Clermont Chain of lakes. Seasoned staff members stand by to offer counsel on appropriate safety measures and warnings against fraternizing with fishhooks as customers prepare to mount their watery steeds. They also help single or tandem kayak pairs tour the natural wildlife and scenery of the enchanting sequence of lakes and channels.
Florida from a Kayak's eco tours showcase the rugged beauty of the Lake County Blueways, inviting guests to dip oars into the glowing, moonlit waters during the Bioluminescent Night tour, or glide past the snaking roots and low-hanging terraces during the Mangrove Meandering tour. Instructors teach pupils to spiff up their paddling know-how in lessons, or customers can opt to cast off in a rented kayak or pontoon boat for leisurely, unguided meanderings along the teeming wilderness.
Placed in the top 10 among the nation's new golf courses by Golfweek and Travel + Leisure Golf, Sugarloaf Mountain sends golfers up and down elevation changes of more than 250 feet. The design by Coore & Crenshaw—Crenshaw, as in 1984 Masters winner Ben Crenshaw—takes advantage of the site's natural characteristics, wandering through verdant oak forests and at one point reaching the highest point in the state. The designers were so loyal to the landscape that they even decided to use native sand in the bunkers rather than trucking in moon dust.
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Sprinkled across Clermont and Groveland, 13 different lakes form thousands of acres of aquatic playground traversed by Water Toyz of Clermont's fleet of watercraft. Lush trees and rolling hills offer a natural backdrop for boat parties and guided tours as low-emission jet skis wind through marshlands on narrow waterways and speedboats tow wakeboarders across lakes. At the end of each day, a Florida sunset paints warm colors across the sky and beckons Water Toyz of Clermont's vessels back into their oversize fishbowls for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Located near a handful of glittery lakes, Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club provides a sporting oasis of natural splendor for budding or fully bloomed course crusaders. Duos of friends or resigned enemies can toss golf-ball tenderizers into the back of the rental cart and cruise all 7,005 yards of the 18-hole course, which boasts five tees of varying distances to challenge players of all ilk. Considerable elevation changes throughout the par 71 golf garden keeps guests on their tippy toes, and no fairway runs up against a parallel fairway, except in the parallel universe, which is full of parallel fairways and people that understand the New Yorker comic strips. As golfers traverse the pastoral playgrounds, they will also come up against sinister sand traps and roughs, as well as Blacks Lake, which feasts on a strict golf-ball diet.
Clermont Bowling Center's newly renovated lanes and automatic scoring systems and pinsetters create a temple of 10-pin punishment. Warm up throwing arms with games of skeeball or Dance Dance Revolution in the arcade or fuel up for winner-take-all matches at the snack bar, which serves classic pub fare. Gutter ball blues can be nursed with draft beers and mixed drinks at the full-service bar, giving slick-soled bowlers a renewed sense of confidence to showcase the perfect fusion of style, power, and grace—dazzling onlookers with the flashy footwork and skillful tosses of ice-skating pizza-makers.
La Finca Stables’s owner Lucy Allegre and trainer Daniel Berrio help students to bond with saddled companions during personalized English riding lessons at a 25-acre boarding and training facility. Students soak up the natural beauty of La Finca’s hilly pastures, new barn, clay arena, and viewing area before ingesting knowledge during 30-minute lessons.