Living Life to the Fullest at Black Diamond Ranch
In 1984, Stan Olsen bought a property in the Black Diamond area in Lecanto, Florida, and hired the world’s pre-eminent golf course architect, Tom Fazio, to design and build not one but two world-class, 18-hole courses and a 9-hole course. With the courses designed first, Olsen then strategically placed luxury homes around them. Today, the country club, now called Black Diamond Ranch, is known around the world for its luxurious golf course country club and lifestyle and is home to a total of more than 500 members and residents.
When you’re looking for all the benefits of Florida, without living by the beach, with a life centered around world-class golf, you’re honing in on Back Diamond Ranch.
Black Diamond is an enchanting area of Florida, parts of which are protected preserves for wildlife like alligators, bald eagles, black bears, bobcats, cougars, deer, otters, tortoises, and West Indian manatees, as well as countless rare birds.
It’s a respite from Florida’s high-rise hotels, timeshares, and condos and is still close enough to reach all of the creature comforts and amenities of nearby areas like Tampa and Orlando. Nestled in central Florida’s Citrus County, Black Diamond Ranch is in some of the most beautiful areas in the state.
One of the things residents appreciate repeatedly in area views is that in Black Diamond Ranch, there are few to no bugs. The area is also known for its variety of outdoor activities, including kayaking and canoeing as well as fishing, hiking, and biking – and the weather for it is just about perfect.
The Golf Courses include The Quarry, which may be considered one of the most spectacular holes of golf on that side of Pebble Beach. Next is The Ranch, known for being more rustic and less manicured. The course is peppered with oaks, dotted with native vegetation, and sprinkled with tawny-colored sand. Third, there’s The Highlands, a 9-hole course, which can be played in tandem with the front nine of either the Ranch or the Quarry courses and offers more of a challenge.
The Amenities and Activities at Black Diamond Ranch
The golf community offers 45 holes of championship golf and has a small, par three course, a number of practice holes, and a driving range. But the lifestyle at Black Diamond Ranch offers far more than just golf.
Enjoy a 24-hour fitness center, two clay tennis courts, and a junior-Olympic size pool. And, inside the elegant clubhouse, there are weekly crafting and cooking classes in addition to card games and other social activities, clubs, and committees to get involved with.
The clubhouse offers both casual and fine dining. After a meal, relax on the wrap-around porch with breathtaking views over the first and ninth holes of the Quarry course.
Homes for Sale in Black Diamond Ranch
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One of the many reasons people choose to build their comfortable lifestyle at Black Mountain Ranch is for the amazing weather. The rest of the country averages around 205 sunny days annually, but Lecanto, Florida soaks in a whopping 243 days of golden sunshine. And, summer temperatures are mild, topping out at an average July high of around 92 degrees.
As a trade-in, though, the area gets a fair amount of rain. Lecanto receives about 52 inches per year, compared to the country’s average of just 38 inches of rain annually.
There are about 112 days each year with measurable precipitation.
It doesn’t snow at Black Diamond Ranch, but winter temperatures drop to an average of 43 degrees, which is not even close to freezing.
Living in Lecanto, Florida
Black Diamond Rach Country Club spans an impressive 1,320-acre guard-gated community in Lecanto, Florida, consisting of world-class golf courses and 750 home sites ranging in size from a quarter of an acre to more than a full acre.
Homes in the area can be found as low as $200,000 to more than a million, ranging in sizes, styles, and features. Many of the more luxurious estates are custom creations tailored to their owners’ needs.
When you’re ready to build the lifestyle of your dreams centered around world-class golf with high-end amenities, set your sights on Black Diamond Ranch.
The community is situated in some of Florida’s most beautiful landscaping, separate from the congestion of bigger cities, but within a few minutes’ drive from all that the major nearby cities offer. Black Diamond Ranch is a great place to live.