KEY LARGO, Fla. -- Immediately upon entering Ocean Reef Club, a private member-owned community nestled in 2,500 tropical acres in the Florida Keys, the unique way of life guided by its members becomes apparent. Lining the lush thoroughfares of the comprehensive community are an endless array of amenities, including championship golf courses, a private airstrip and numerous shopping and dining options. Cruising to and from these amenities has developed into a convenient and environmentally-friendly lifestyle in recent years, with members, guests and their children utilizing electric golf carts as transportation.
Traveling down the special roadways designated for the carts, those resembling sports cars, SUVs and vintage vehicles are often seen. With the ultra-luxurious Garia carts now available through the Club's pro shop, many members have upgraded their cart to one made in the same factory as the Porsche Boxster and Cayman. These impressive vehicles offer options such as built-in refrigerators, iPod compatible stereos and custom sport wheels.
After passing a driving test with the Public Safety Department, children of members are invited to begin driving a cart in the Club at the age of 12, the minimum age to acquire a license. This offers a sense of freedom and exploration in a secured environment, never more than a few minutes' away from their families.
Branching out beyond simply transportation, the Club has organized events designed specifically with golf carts in mind, including photo scavenger hunts. During the hunts, teams search the community on carts, racing to capture images from a list of landmarks, hidden objects and group poses. Additionally, holiday cart parades are scheduled throughout the year and drive-in beachfront movies are available for visiting groups.
"The unique way of life found at Ocean Reef Club has been developed and cherished by members for generations," said Club President Paul Astbury. "As times and needs change, we are delighted to provide new amenities and activities to suit our members' interests - including those centered around a golf cart lifestyle."
For information on Ocean Reef Club, please call 305-367-5874 or visit www.oceanreef.com. For information on Garia golf carts, please contact the Club's pro shop at 305-367-5912.
Ocean Reef Club: Experience a Unique Way of Life:
Nestled in 2,500 secluded, tropical acres on the northernmost tip of Key Largo in the Florida Keys, Ocean Reef Club is considered one of the country's most comprehensive communities. Offering 1,700 waterfront estates, private homes, condominiums and boat slips, Ocean Reef Club also features an oceanfront Inn, full-service spa and salon, and an array of dining and shopping options. Leisure amenities include a 175-slip marina for boating, fishing and diving; two 18-hole championship golf courses; world-class tennis and lawn sports; jogging and cycling paths; cooking school; nature center; art league; cultural center; range of children's activities and programming; and more. The Club is also equipped with a fully staffed Medical Center, gourmet grocery store, veterinary care and The Academy, an independent K-8th grade "school within a school". Located within an hour from Miami International Airport and 1.5 hours from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Ocean Reef Club is also serviced by its own 4,456-foot lighted runway. Sponsored memberships range from $11,500 for Social Members to $215,000 for Equity Members.
For more information, visit www.oceanreef.com