Sugarmill Woods

History of Sugarmill Woods

       Early in 1972 platting of the land was begun and by July the first ground was broken. Sugarmill Woods was the first uniquely designed residential area in the United States to develop the concept of "wildlife strips" (now called greenbelts), allowing people and nature to live together in harmony.

      In addition, more than 1.2 million trees were planted at Sugarmill, assuring a safe haven for the more than 155 plant and animal species who live at Sugarmill Woods, including the Great Horned Owl, Eastern Mockingbird, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Cardinal and Eastern Fox Squirrel.

     Today, the park-like environment of Sugarmill Woods is close to area restaurants, and members also enjoy fine dining at the country clubs.


     It was designed as a modern country club community featuring year round golf, tennis and swimming. It presently features the most state-of-the-art and challenging golf courses.

     The result has been a unique merging of human habitation and the natural environment that has created for Sugarmill Woods a reputation as one of Florida’s premier residential and Recreational communities.

     The location of the property is in an area virtually immune to storm flooding has further enhanced Sugarmill Woods’ value and reputation. It is also within 10 miles of some of the finest salt and freshwater sports fishing in Florida.


     The first nine holes, the club house, tennis courts and swimming pool were completed in 1975. Designer Ron Garl, Florida’s foremost golf course architect, conceived the layout and the course has received national acclaim since play began.


     The second nine was opened to play in November, 1978, and with the dedication of the third nine holes in December, 1981, the Garl plans for the Sugarmill Woods golf course were completed. In 1992 an additional 18 holes of golf designed by three time U.S. Open Champion, Hale Irwin was completed along with a newly constructed second clubhouse and a beautiful restaurant.


 Adventures & Endless Journies


     Public parklands and nature game preserves surround Sugarmill Woods, including the huge Withlacoochee State Forest with its picturesque nature and hiking trails.


     The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge is five miles to the west and includes a saltwater habitat for a huge variety of wading birds and tropical wildlife. About 25 miles away is the Tsala Apopka chain of lakes featuring one of the finest freshwater fishing and boating areas in the state. Every spring fisherman come to our rivers from around the world to angle for record-setting tarpon!


      All within 30 miles of their doorsteps Sugarmill Woods residents and
visitors have their choice of 30 parks, 11 golf courses, 10 marinas, 9 campgrounds,
7 rivers, 2 beaches, and a game preserve.

Pine Ridge

      Pine Ridge is uniquely located in the center of Citrus County's rolling hills. Known for its large multi-acre tracks of undeveloped land Pine Ridge Florida is conveniently situated between Inverness and Crystal River. Grocery shopping is only 5 minutes away, Crystal River 15 minutes away and it is only a 30 minute drive to Ocala.

     With its one to five acres plus wooded lots, it has the honor of being the largest equestrian center in Citrus County with 22 miles of trails.

     While horses and nature enjoyment are a large part of the community, Unit III is dedicated to the country club and bike trails, thus no horses are allowed.  This section constitutes almost half of the ten thousand developed acres of Pine Ridge.


     With a capacity of more than 4,000 homes, it is one of the fastest growing areas of the county.

Besides the well-appointed community center with all of the daily activities, there are ample tennis courts, horse shoe pits, shuffle board and a new play ground.

Integrated into this beautiful landscape is a championship caliber golf course that runs throughout the countryside.

     Pine Ridge is rated one of the best courses in Central Florida, featuring lush green fairways framed by towering pines and stately oaks, Tifdwarf Bermuda grass greens and strategically-placed bunkers. Four tee boxes offer yardage for golfers of all abilities.  Pine Ridge has an eighteen hole regulation course and a nine hole par 3 course. The eighteen hole Pine Ridge course was cut out of the forest.  The course's most difficult hole is #10, a 380-yard, par 3, requiring a downhill tee shot to a small green.  The club has recently opened a somewhat challenging par 3 course adjacent to the championship course. The greens are large and undulating, and the fairways can be tricky.

     The Pine Ridge clubhouse features the Palm Court Cafe with full service bar and specialty menu. The spacious clubhouse has an atrium dining area, tables, and booths for your after-round enjoyment.

A large semicircular-tiled bar, high-top tables and a large screen television to enjoy your favorite sporting event or check on the news and weather while you relax with friends. The friendly staff will make you feel right at home. "A bit of Pinehurst in Citrus County".


     There is also fabulous fresh and saltwater fishing and boating for active Florida living. Here at Pine Ridge you can enjoy country club living and hometown serenity from the comfort of your new Florida home built by Sweetwater Homes.

     Just beyond Pine Ridge, you can enjoy everything that makes the great outdoors great. Surrounded by beautiful places like Inverness and Crystal River, you are less than 15 miles from pontoon boat rides, canoe rentals, scuba lessons, parks, even flying lessons and don't forget the famous manatees.


    Crystal River is known as the "Manatee Capital Of The World". Dive and snorkel boat tours and manatee tours dot King's Bay and the surrounding Crystal River area. For a truley unigue experience, come swim with the manatees.