Years ago, David and I took our daughters to enjoy a show starring David Copperfield, perhaps the most well-known magician in modern times. We were astounded and the children were amazed. We laughed as we continuously said, “How did he do that?” during his incredible live performance. You might remember Copperfield’s astounding illusions walking through the Great Wall of China or making the Statue of Liberty disappear!

Magicians such as Penn and Teller, Doug Henning, and David Blaine are among today’s most recognized talents. These gifted professionals undoubtably ignite new and younger magicians to follow in their mysterious paths.

Combining comedy with magic is a winning combination and well presented by local magician Cesar Domico. Domico is a three-time champion in magic and card tricks. He is an entertainer as well as a magician, using comedy and his unique illusions to wow the audience.

On February 3rd, the Harbor Hills Garden and Women’s Club is excited to host an evening with professional magician Cesar Domico. Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner and the show at the Harbor Hills Country Club. The public is warmly welcome. Deadline to reserve tickets is January 27. Contact Shirle Mabie at 561-351-0699 for more information.

Reminder: The first of two food drives sponsored by our Harbor Hills Ladies Charity will be held January 27th-29th. Help replenish the shelves of the Christian Food Pantry of Lady Lake, a ministry of North Lake Presbyterian Church. Donations can be dropped off at the Pro Shop. Pickup is available. Email Sue Rice at hsusanrice@embarqmail.com.



Last Sunday, the Harbor Hills golfing community enjoyed play in our Inner Harbor Golf League. Men and women, regardless of handicap or experience, competed with neighbors and had a great time. The Inner Harbor Golf League is played once a month through April with an awards dinner on the last day of play.

Villagers, you are enthusiastically invited to Harbor Hills Country Club to participate in the 9th Annual Italian Open on Sunday, January 29th. It is a four- person scramble golf tournament with a 1PM shotgun start and lots of old time Italian joy. Two flights will be fielded: one flight for Harbor Hills golf members and a second flight for the general public and guests. Enjoy wine and cheese stations on Holes 5 and 13! Many cash prizes will be awarded, including longest drive and closest to the pin.

Following the tournament, a plated dinner of Caesar salad, chicken parmesan and dessert will be served in the Regency Room. Inclusive price for golf and dinner is $60 for full golf members, $90 for the general public and $30 for dinner only. Green fees, range balls and the full Italian dinner are included for all players. An award ceremony, a 50/50 drawing and raffle will be held during dinner. A portion of the proceeds will benefit local charities.

Payments can be made at the Harbor Hills Pro Shop with checks payable to the Harbor Hills Italian American Club. Call Tournament Chairman Joe Pulsone at 352-638-6698 or the Pro Shop at 352-753-7711 for details. Sign up deadline is January 15th. Everyone is welcome!


Our Northern neighbors have arrived! They joined us for a spectacular New Year’s Eve gala at Harbor Hills Country Club. Special thanks to our social committee, Alma Smith, Lin McLeod and Judy Warren, who created the glitz and glamour of the evening.

What is the secret to sticking to our New Year’s resolutions? According to the newest research, February 1 is the day we call it quits! One in seven Americans never truly believe they’ll adhere to their resolutions. When trying to create big changes, have some fun! Infusing bite-sized goals with positivity increases our chances of maintaining a healthy change.

Speaking of keys to success, Harbor Hills is excited to host the TNXL Pro-Am Charity Tournament on January 14. With the slogan, “Building futures through baseball,” founder Brian Martinez explains, “Our goal is to make sure our players are prepared to succeed in life and not only on the baseball field.” TNXL offers a high school alternative that includes a 4-day per week training program leading to college baseball scholarships and a professional future in the sport. The academy features an extensive indoor facility and baseball fields in Ocoee, Florida. Tournament proceeds help disadvantaged youngsters with tuition and associated costs.

On Tournament Day, mixed pro-am foursomes will enjoy dinner after the round. The public is encouraged to participate. Hearty congratulations to 2023 TNXL graduate Nick Rich on his commitment to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University where he will be playing baseball. For more information on the foundation, visit https://tnxlsportsfoundation.com.  For tournament info, email tnxlsportsfoundation@gmail.com



High atop the 16th green of Harbor Hills Country Club, six flags wave proudly over our military memorial. The branches represented are: Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and the newly-established Space Force. Neighbor and Purple Heart recipient Col. John Bircher reminds us, “Freedom is not really free, but comes at the price of those who are willing to sacrifice to protect the freedoms we all enjoy.”

More than 9.5 million vets are now over the age of 65. This time of the year can be especially difficult for them. Reach out to those in our community who may be struggling. Offering help in any small way shows our support and gratitude.

Let’s remember that the holiday season can also be a tough time for many who are experiencing sadness, loneliness or simply missing a family member or pet. Especially vulnerable are those with disabilities, illness or scarce family contacts.

Friend and veteran Lonnie Hodge, a PTSD survivor suggests we make these promises:

*I promise to reach out to anyone I think might be at risk.

*I promise to be there for anyone who needs to talk or who needs help finding assistance.

*I promise to be mindful of friends who experience dark times when things get too heavy for them to bear.

The New Year provides an ideal opportunity to make life a little better for our neighbors, friends and family members. Extend your hand to others with compassion and kindness. Be there for anyone who needs friendship or assistance. From our home to yours, David and I wish you an especially happy and healthy 2023!

Golf Health Benefits

Golf is a popular recreational activity for people of all ages, but it can be especially beneficial for those in retirement. Here are some of the health benefits of playing golf in retirement:

  1. Low-impact exercise: Golf is a low-impact activity, which means it places less stress on the joints and muscles compared to high-impact activities like running or jumping. This makes it a good option for those who may have health conditions or injuries that prevent them from participating in more strenuous exercise.
  2. Cardiovascular health: Golf can also provide a moderate level of cardiovascular exercise, as it involves walking long distances and carrying or pushing a golf cart. This can help to improve heart health and reduce the risk of heart disease.
  3. Mental health benefits: Playing golf can also have mental health benefits, as it allows for socialization and can provide a sense of accomplishment and purpose. It can also reduce stress and improve cognitive function.
  4. Flexibility and balance: Golf requires flexibility and balance, as players need to bend and twist to make shots. This can help to improve these physical abilities and reduce the risk of falls.
  5. Vitamin D: Golf is often played outdoors, which means players can get some exposure to vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D is important for bone health and can help to improve mood and cognitive function.

Overall, playing golf in retirement can provide a variety of physical and mental health benefits. It is a low-impact activity that can provide moderate exercise, improve flexibility and balance, and provide an opportunity for socialization and stress reduction.

Home Staging

Staging a home is the process of preparing a house for sale by making it look attractive, appealing, and welcoming to potential buyers. It is an important step in the process of selling a home, as it can significantly impact the sale price and the length of time it takes to sell the property. Here are some reasons why staging a home is important:
1 Increased appeal: Staging a home can make it more appealing to potential buyers by highlighting the home’s best features and creating a cohesive, stylish look. This can help to generate more interest in the property and potentially lead to a higher sale price.
2 Faster sale: A well-staged home is more likely to sell faster than a poorly staged one. This is because a staged home presents well and gives buyers a clear idea of how the space can be used and furnished.
3 Competitive edge: In a competitive real estate market, staging a home can give it a competitive edge over other properties for sale. It can help a home stand out and attract more attention from buyers.
4 Better photos: Staging a home can also improve the quality of the listing photos, as it can make the space look more attractive and inviting. This can help to generate more interest in the property and potentially lead to more showings.
5 Improved online listing: A well-staged home can also make a more positive impression when viewed online, as it can help the property stand out and look more attractive to potential buyers.
Overall, staging a home is an important step in the process of preparing it for sale. By highlighting the home’s best features and creating a cohesive, stylish look, a well-staged home is more likely to sell faster and for a higher price.


Harbor Hills Country Club welcomes 2023 with an extraordinary evening. The theme is “Glam and Glitter” and you are invited! After hors d’oeuvres at 7 P.M., partygoers will enjoy an extravagant dinner in the ballroom at 8:15 P.M. Dash will entertain us with hit songs, making this a very special night. The event is open to the public. Call 352-753-7000 for non-refundable reservations.

The underserved community is on our minds, especially during the holidays. The first of two food drives sponsored by our Harbor Hills Ladies Charity will be held January 27, 28 and 29th. Chairperson Sue Rice and Co-Chair Linda Roark need your help to replenish the shelves of the Christian Food Pantry of Lady Lake, a ministry of North Lake Presbyterian Church. Donations can be dropped off at the Pro Shop. Pickup is available. Contact Sue at hsusanrice@embarqmail.com.

Residents led the effort to provide deployed U.S. military personnel with homemade cookies, a welcome taste of home. The 2022 Treat The Troops drive exceeded our goal with a record number of 145 boxes (8 dozen each) or 13,920 cookies! The “cookie ladies,” Rosann Cochran, Shirle Mabie and Frankie Smith, express their sincere appreciation to everyone who helped. Every dollar and every cookie make a significant difference to our troops.

Take this unique time to rethink our value as friends, partners, parents and grandparents. We have purpose no matter what our age. We are a remarkable and resilient generation. Remember how much we’ve overcome and how our experiences made us strong. Reach out to others who need your kindness. Wishing all my readers the happiest of holidays! And may the true meaning of the season fill your heart and home.

Harbor Hills Country Club

Welcome to Harbor Hills Country Club, where we offer a premier golf and country club experience in a picturesque setting. Located in Lady Lake, Florida, our club is nestled among rolling hills and surrounded by stunning lakes and preserves areas.

As a member of Harbor Hills, you’ll have access to a wide range of amenities and activities, including an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a variety of dining options. Our club also offers a variety of social events and activities throughout the year, including holiday parties, live entertainment, and more.

Our golf course, designed by renowned architect Lloyd Clifton, features rolling fairways, challenging bunkers, and stunning water features. With multiple tees available, golfers of all skill levels can enjoy a round at Harbor Hills. And with a fully-stocked pro shop, top-of-the-line rental clubs, and experienced PGA professionals on staff, we have everything you need to improve your game.

In addition to golf, our fitness center offers a wide range of equipment and classes to help you stay active and healthy. From cardio machines to free weights to group fitness classes, there’s something for everyone at our fitness center. And our trained professionals are always available to provide guidance and support.

When it’s time to relax and unwind, our club offers a variety of dining options to suit every taste. From casual fare at the clubhouse grill to formal dinners at our elegant dining room, we have something for every occasion. And with a full calendar of social events and activities, there’s always something going on at Harbor Hills.

We invite you to come and experience all that Harbor Hills Country Club has to offer. Whether you’re a seasoned golfer or new to the game, a fitness enthusiast or just looking for a great place to relax and have fun, we have something for everyone. Come see why Harbor Hills is the premier golf and country club in Lady Lake, Florida.


Junior golf programs have been an essential avenue for young golfers who love the game. In addition to learning new skills, golf teaches kids valuable life lessons including respect, honesty and integrity.

Keith and Fiona McColl spent most of their working lives at St. Andrews in Scotland, golf’s birthplace. In 2018, they left their beloved St. Andrews for a new life in Florida. In 2019, the McColls began operating the Claret Junior Tour from their home base in The Villages. They help develop junior golfers with year-round play in a competitive and supportive environment. Entry fees are always family-affordable.

In 2022, the Claret Junior Tour hosted 37 days of tournaments, welcomed more than 1,000 player entries and played 17 venues. Harbor Hills now feels like a “home” venue for this junior tour. This year, with the financial assistance of local sponsorships, five boys and girls aged 10-16 were awarded Claret Tour annual scholarships. These scholarships entitle each junior to play all tournaments at no cost.

On December 31st, Harbor Hills hosts the tour once again with a unique FUNdraiser team scramble event. Each team will consist of three adults and one Claret junior! The tournament is open to all. To add to the fun, step back in time and play nearest the pin using a 100 year-old Hickory shaft club and a period style golf ball!

There will be a raffle and opportunity to bid on unique items including some from the 150th Open Championship held recently at St. Andrews.

YOU can help junior golf development in our community. You can enter individually or as a team of three adults. Hole sponsorships are available and even opportunities to sponsor a junior player in 2023. For full information, visit claretjuniortour.com or contact Keith at 716-436-8691.


Holiday time in Harbor Hills is buzzing with activity. December 13th marks the fifth year of our Festival of Lights cart parade and house decorating contest. It’s a special evening to enjoy our scenic community and have fun with friends. To enter your home in the decorating contest or volunteer as a stop along the route, contact James Tyla at jjtjharborhills@gmail.com. Sponsors are needed!

Join members and non-members for our holiday party on December 15th. The special buffet menu includes salad, our Chef’s Carving Table of Black Oak Pit Ham and Prime Rib, shrimp and scallops with a sweet chili sauce, and a served chocolate cake for dessert. Shawn Dunning provides the entertainment. Call the club at 352-753-7000 to purchase tickets.

“Head to the Hills” any Sunday to enjoy our always-popular Sunday brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dine on an array of brunch items while enjoying the spectacular view of our Signature 10th hole. It’s a great way to celebrate the season. Reservations required.

The Signature Grille Room is open to the public daily. Breakfast begins at 7:30AM. Lunch is served from 11am – 3pm. December’s Drink of the Month is the delicious gingerbread martini. It’s made with Tito’s vodka, Baileys, gingerbread syrup and half and half. This specialty drink is available every day in the Signature Grille through December 31.

Wednesdays are designated for members only! Delicious buffet-style dinners are on the menu. Friday nights are extra-special with fun for both members and non-members. The bar opens at 5:30 and dinner is served at 6:15 p.m. with live entertainment. Harbor Hills Country Club has something for everyone. We look forward to greeting you this holiday season!

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