Welcome to Golden Ocala
Country club living in the Horse Capital of the World.
Nestled among gorgeous oak trees dripping in Spanish moss and rolling hills, the incredibly exclusive and sought-after Golden Ocala’s golf and equestrian country club has made it a premier destination among families and individuals looking for a tranquil home in a prestigious enclave with lots to do.
Located directly adjacent to the World Equestrian Center and within a 15-minute drive of Historic Downtown Ocala, Golden Ocala offers its residents endless outdoor activities to enjoy, paired with a dining scene that keeps to the city’s equestrian theme.
Named the Horse Capital of the World in 2007, the city of Ocala is home to 400 thoroughbred farms and riding centers. It’s no surprise that most Golden Ocala residents enjoy a thriving outdoor lifestyle revolving around golf, tennis, the many local parks, and, of course, horses. The Golden Ocala enclave brings opulent farm-style living to the Florida countryside and boasts spacious, upscale homes with expansive property lots that make the most of their beautiful natural setting.
What to Love
- In the heart of the Horse Capital of the World
- An extensive array of outdoor activities
- Many public parks
- Lively dining scene
- Five minutes from Ocala Municipal Airport
Living in the Horse Capital of the World can mean only one thing: an endless number of stables and riding schools to take advantage of, and Golden Ocala residents certainly ensure they do just that. From showjumping competitions to trail riding, much of Ocala lives and breathes equestrian pursuits. And for those who aren’t horse-inclined, the many nearby golf courses, natural springs, hiking trails, and public parks offer ample amusement.
With Orlando and Disney World less than one hour away, a fun-filled day in a thriving city is easily achievable, and many of the local families enjoy day trips to surrounding cities and landmarks over weekends.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Located in the Horse Capital of the World, it’s no surprise many of Golden Ocala’s nearby restaurants have a distinctive equine theme, like Stirrups Restaurant, an upscale steakhouse serving prime meat cuts in an elegant setting. Another horse-themed dining spot is the Yellow Pony Restaurant, an elevated gastropub with an extensive cocktail, beer, and wine list and a menu filled with all-American meals. Both restaurants are located in The Equestrian, a five-star hotel on the grounds of the World Equestrian Center.
For Golden Ocala’s onsite dining options, one of the residents’ favorites is Raspberry’s, a fine dining, progressive New American eatery that specializes in high-end dishes and a warm, elegant interior to make every guest feel completely at home. Another popular Golden Ocala restaurant is Knickers Bar & Grill, which exclusively serves members of the golf and equestrian club and specializes in seasonal ingredients and refined American cuisine. And, for a quick bite after a tennis match, a dip in the pool, or a great workout session, stop by Cafe on the Green, which serves light, poolside snacks and an array of specialty beverages.
Things to Do
Horse lovers and avid equestrians will find no shortage of things to do in and around Golden Ocala. The community is directly adjacent to the World Equestrian Center, which regularly hosts competitions, shows, expos, and concerts within a variety of disciplines. The center also has an onsite store offering everything from designer jewelry and children’s toys to branded riding gear.
The well-known HITS Horse Show venue is a mere 10-minute drive away and also plays host to a myriad of events and competitions to spectate or participate in. And for thoroughbred breeders in search of the perfect horse, Ocala Breeder’s Sales Co. has a venue only five minutes away and regularly has magnificently bred thoroughbreds on sale. Buyers frequently fly in from all over the world for these horses!
As a premier residential real estate destination, Golden Ocala is located nearby many high-quality schools, including: