Canadian Dollar Buys Snowbirds Fantastic Golf Deals in Florida
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Many Canadians have long seen Florida as their most frequent destination for
vacation travel. But now, a new report by the National Association of Realtors
shows that Canadian “snowbirds” buy more homes in the Sunshine State
than any other nation in the world.
Aided by a strong Canadian dollar, Canadians were the #1 group of international
buyers purchasing property in Florida last year, accounting for nearly a quarter
of all buyers in this audience.
The majority of home buyers from Canada purchased homes primarily for two purposes
— first, as a vacation retreat from the cold Canadian winters, and second,
for a location that provides great golf, tennis and other social and cultural
venues. That’s good news for private country clubs like Boca Lago Country
Club in Boca Raton, Florida. With seven different kinds of memberships, Boca
Lago is making a conscious effort to appeal to all kinds of lifestyles, from
locals to seasonal vacationers. But one of them in particular, the Seasonal
Membership Program, may very well fit the leisure needs of the Canadian snowbird
Seasonal and Simple
With the Seasonal Membership, any individual or couple who becomes a member
at Boca Lago Country Club can take advantage of the club’s amenities during
a 6-month stay, including 27 holes of championship golf, 16 Har-Tru tennis courts,
3 dining rooms headed by a 5-star chef, the club’s new Health and Wellness
Pavilion, Lago Spa and more. In addition, Boca Lago’s main clubhouse has
been completely renovated with a new Casual Dining Area, expanded bar and lounge
areas and completely upgraded card and activity rooms.
Life’s Too Short to Play Slow Golf at a High Price
Can you really play faster and more inexpensively during peak season? Absolutely,
when you play Boca Lago. Designed by master golf course designers Bruce Devlin
and Robert Von Hagge, Boca Lago’s 27 holes of championship play create
3 unique golf course experiences — The Sands, The Palms and The Flamingo.
Boca Lago uses clock systems augmented by Player Assistants to keep the speed
of play at or below 4 hours and 15 minutes per round. Tee times after 11:30am
often end up with 3 hour and 30 minute rounds. Tiff Eagle grass and green speeds
around a 9 rating keep the player challenged along the way as well.
Major features of the Seasonal Membership at Boca Lago are the member’s
ability to play championship golf at a private country club for a very low monthly
fee. In fact, playing golf just four times a week results in average green fees
of $58 USD a round in the peak golf season of Boca Raton. An average round of
golf in their market from November through March can cost as much as $175 USD
at comparable high-end semi-private courses, if you can even get a tee time.
Says Dave Shinnebarger, the Club’s Director of Membership Marketing and
Sales, “once you do the math, and factor in the speed of play, the quality
of our menus, the amenities of our Club, and the lasting friendships our Seasonal
Members make every year — it’s a no brainer!”
So what’s the bottom line? Seasonal member dues are $1,000.00 USD per
month, regardless of how often you play. The food & beverage minimum for
the six month membership has been reduced to just $108 USD per month. A small
$1,000.00 USD deposit is required to book a seasonal membership, and is refundable
at the end of the season.
“Any snowbird who loves coming down to Florida should get to experience
the exciting challenge of playing on a real championship golf course as much
as they like,” says Shinnebarger. “They shouldn’t have to
pay an arm and leg to do that. Nor should they have to play mediocre public
One Last Piece of Advice
Those Canadian snowbirds interested in learning more about a Seasonal Membership
at Boca Lago Country Club may be inclined to wait until they come to Florida,
but that may or may not be the best idea. As Boca Lago has been known to add
new programs to replace others, you never know how long a membership like this
one might last. So it’s best to act fast and claim a Seasonal Membership while
you can still take advantage of it. Call Dave Shinnebarger at 561.869.8840 or
email [email protected].
You can also learn more about Boca Lago Country Club by visiting the club’s
new website at www.letsgolago.com.