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The Black Diamond community in Lecanto, Florida is a very special place. As soon as you enter the exclusive gated neighborhood, you get the feeling that you have entered into a secret garden. The secluded enclave has cozy tree lines streets, with the most pristine landscaping and exquisite homes. Fewer than 800 families occupy the 1240 acres that is Black Diamond! Of course what Black Diamond is most famous for is the unparalleled golf experience it offers.

Recognized as one of America's 100 greatest golf courses for 22 straight years, Black Diamond was nominated for best new course by Golf Digest in 1985, ranked #24 by Golf Digest in 1991-92. Black Diamond was also voted #1 course in Florida by Golfweek - Best Residential Course in 2009, and listed in the Top 100 Courses in the U.S. by Golf Magazine in 2007-08. It also ranked in the Top 50 Best Modern Courses by Golfweek in 2008 and was Rated #3 course by Golf Digest - Best in Florida in 2007-08

Black Diamond offers a choice of three Tom Fazio designed courses. Each course offers its own truly unique experience. One of Fazio's earliest solo works was the Links Course at Wild Dunes in Charleston back in 1979, which was followed up by several layouts at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

With almost 30 tracks to his credit at the time, Fazio was making a serious impact on the golf course design business and in 1987 he finished Wade Hampton Club and the Quarry Course at Black Diamond Ranch, two venues that were touted as the best new golf courses in the United States. The Quarry golf course is centered around an abandoned limestone quarry with 60 foot elevation changes.

Since then, Fazio, with over 180 designs, has been recognized as the premier golf course architect in the United States with 13 solo layouts ranked in the top 100, more than any other architect.

"One of the milestones in my career," Fazio said. "I honestly believe the Quarry Course was one of our most special, interesting, fun and spectacular golf courses ever created." Since then, Fazio has gone on to design the Ranch golf course and the Highlands golf course at Black Diamond.

If you would like more info about this spectacular golf community in Citrus County Florida or the homes for sale in Black Diamond, contact Richard Simms today!