On Top of the World Communities

On Top of the World Communities is an award-winning, family owned company founded in 1947. With more than 315,000 square feet of amenities, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, tennis, pickleball, golf, fitness classes, massage, kick-boxing, weightlifting and many more activities. The real test of an active adult retirement community is the quantity … and quality … of activities and programs designed to fill those facilities every day, all year long. Our programs are designed specifically with the active adult in mind!

Enjoy an active retirement at On Top of the World!

Lifelong Learning Education Center

An award winning, lifelong learning program.

Master the Possibilities (MTP) Education Center, a not-for-profit program, offers more classes, more lectures and more chances to expand your horizons than any other active adult community. Why? Because we believe learning is a lifelong enterprise. Part of the vision of On Top of the World Communities is putting education at the forefront, and this innovative adult-centered program does just that.

More classes and more opportunities to expand your horizons.

With as many as 700 offerings per semester, you will always find something to pique your interest. And, most classes are free to OTOW residents.

The current MTP catalog is available online, at the Education Center and at various libraries.

American History
World History
Current Events
Scientific Ideas
Spanish Language
Italian Language
Book Club
Identity Theft
And many more!

Metal Embossing
Glass Painting
Ceramics & Pottery

Nutrition and Diet
Nurse Practitioner Series
Alzheimer’s Series
Eye Series
Pharmacology Series

Computer Maintenance
Microsoft Word Basics
Create a Website
Android Smart Phones
Saving Digital Photography
iPad and iPhone
Social Media

Estate Planning
End of Year Considerations

Hobby Building

The Hobby Building consists of 5 separate rooms where you can explore a new hobby or expand one you’ve already fallen in love with!  We’re sure you will find something to pique your interest!

Art room at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FL.

Art Studios
Art Studios for ceramics, painting, sewing and other craft hobbies.

Play cards in one of On Top of the World's two card rooms.

Card Rooms
The Card Room has 16 card tables with enough seating for 64 people!

On Top of the World has it's very own billiards hall with several pool tables.

Billiard Room
The Billiards Room is setup with six pool tables, six (6) of which are official tournament pool tables.

The woodworking shop at On Top of the World Communities is second to none.

Woodworking Shop
The Woodworking Shop is a wood worker’s dream. Use your own expertise or learn from fellow residents.

On Top of the World Golf


Choose from three (3) golf courses. Two private courses: Tortoise & Hare and The Links. One Semi-private course: Candler Hills Golf Course. You can walk or ride and enjoy nature and beautiful vistas. Our private golf club features two links-style, par 72 championship courses for OTOW residents and their guests. Impeccably maintained, these courses offer outstanding play throughout the year. The club also features a driving range, practice facility and pro shop.

Early morning golf at Candler Hills Golf Club at On Top of the World.

Candler Hills Golf Course

An expertly manicured, par 72 championship golf course, Candler Hills Golf Course is designed as a Palm Springs-style course with one of the longest par 5 in Florida – 669 yards! The semi-private course boasts a state-of-the-art practice facility (both long and short game practice areas) and five (5) sets of tees.

  • Par-72 semi-private championship course
  • 7,333 yard course
  • State-of-the-art practice facility
  • Lessons available by PGA and LPGA Professionals
  • Special group & corporate events/fundraisers
  • U.S.G.A. Handicap System Available
  • Fully stocked Golf Shop
  • The Club at Candler Hills adjacent to the golf shop serving breakfast brunch (Sunday only), lunch and dinner with full service bar.
One of two private golf course located at On Top of the World in Ocala, Florida.

The Tortoise & The Hare and The Links

Both The Tortoise & The Hare and The Links are private 18-hole golf courses in a picturesque natural setting, exclusive only to OTOW residents and their guests. Play is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Tortoise & The Hare is a shot makers delight, while The Links offers more traditional southern flavor.

  • Both courses are par-72
  • No initiation fees or club minimums
  • Lessons available by PGA and LPGA Professionals
  • Driving range, short game and practice putting green areas
  • USGA handicap system available to all members
  • Fully stocked Golf Shop
  • Men’s and women’s leagues
  • Planned mixers, scrambles and tournaments

Active Sports

On Top of the World is an active place!

On Top of the World Communities has several tennis courts.

The Arbor Club boasts of six (6) tennis courts of which four are lighted and surfaced with the Plexicushion Prestige Cushion Acrylic.

Racquetball play at On Top of the World.

“Fast & Furious” could be the name of some of the racquetball games because once you step onto the indoor court, it’s game on! It is a great sport for exercise and fun, even if no one is keeping score.

Recently reseeded softball field at On Top of the World Communities in Ocala, FL.

Softball Field
When was the last time you hit a home run, or even made it to second base? Brush up on your softball skills with year-round play time on our softball field with six (6) teams that currently compete while having tons of fun!

On Top of the World Communities has 12 pickleball courts!

Pickleball is best described as a cross between tennis and ping-pong. This high energy game can be enjoyed with friends on our six (6) courts.

On Top of the World RC Flying Field

…Into the Wild Blue Yonder!

R/C flying enthusiasts will enjoy our private R/C flying field. It is a 14-acre site with a 600′ x 150′ foot grass runway. A large pavilion where spectators can comfortably watch the action and enjoy the beautiful and scenic pastoral view sits next to the runway. The R/C flying field is open daily to members of the R/C Flyers Club. The club organizes special events at the field such as regional fly-ins which welcome hundreds of enthusiasts and experts from everywhere.

New to Flying?

The club also provides flight-training for new flyers. The R/C flying field is managed by the R/C Flyers Club. The RC Flyers and its members are affiliated with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, AMA which is a world-class association of modelers organized for the purpose of promotion, development, education, and the advancement of model aircraft activities. The RC Flyers and the Academy provide leadership, organization, competition, communication, protection, representation, recognition, education, and scientific/technical development to its members regarding remote control model aircraft.


The real test of an active adult community is the quantity … and quality … of activities and programs designed to fill those facilities every day, all year long.

Bocce rules at On Top of the World!

Get ready for your next bocce match! With four (4) bocce ball courts located at the Arbor Club, you are sure to make new friends…and friendly rivals…while enjoying this outdoor sport.

On Top of the World shuffleboard courts.

Shuffleboard is quintessential in an active adult community, right? We agree. Here at OTOW, there are seven (7) shuffleboard courts for your enjoyment.

Enjoy horseshoes at On Top of the World Communities.

Ready, aim and toss…it’s a ringer at the horseshoe pits! With nine playing areas, residents enjoy leagues, inter-community teams and special events.

That's right, On Top of the World has their very own miniature golf course.

Miniature Golf
With 18 holes, this miniature course is just right to practice putting skills and take pleasure in the healthful benefits that come from enjoying the outdoor environment.


The Recreation Center

The Recreation Center building hosts many services and recreational activities for residents of OTW Central neighborhoods, Candler Hills neighborhoods and Indigo East residents who purchased the Gateway of Services Pass.

  • Large group exercise room with fitness class programming
  • The Fitness Center includes full workout area, sauna, steam room and hot tub.
  • Racquetball Courts
  • Olympic-sized swimming pool
  • And more!

The Arbor Club

The Arbor Club is both a recreational and fitness facility. With over 10,000 sq. ft., the Arbor Club has a fitness room for group classes, indoor and outdoor pools for aquatic classes as well as locker rooms with showers.

  • Large group exercise room with fitness class programming
  • Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool
  • Large outdoor pool with whirlpool
  • Tennis and Bocce ball courts
  • And more!


Choose from three different restaurants at On Top of the World. From casual dining, to pub-style atmosphere, to morning coffee and deli sandwiches…the variety is well balanced for all.

The Pub at On Top of the World.

The Pub
Breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as a full service bar, can be enjoyed in a casual atmosphere. The Pub is the ideal location to meet old friends and make new ones and enjoy a delicious meal. Good Friends, Good Food, Good Place!

The Club at Candler Hills at On Top of the World.

The Club at Candler Hills
Whether you come in for lunch or cocktails and a light dinner, you are sure to be impressed with gorgeous views of the greens and the delicious menu offerings. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert!

Sid's at On Top of the World.

Sid’s Coffee Shop & Deli
Enjoy a delicious breakfast and lunch with friends. Located just outside the gates in Circle Square Commons, Sid’s is a local favorite.

Circle Square Commons

Circle Square Commons is becoming the heart of the hometown atmosphere at On Top of the World Communities. Offering a variety of daily choices, Circle Square Commons is an entertainment and social hub for not only OTOW residents, but the general public as well. Master the Possibilities Education Center, The World Design Studio, The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa, Circle Square Cultural Center, Sid’s Coffee Shop & Deli, Mr. B’s Big Scoop Ice Cream & Smoothies Shop and The Town Square are now open, along with other retails vendors.

The Ranch Fitness Center & Spa.

The Ranch
Fitness Center & Spa

State-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment and features an exclusive selection of specialized massages, facials, body wraps, and hair and nail services. The Ranch also features private men and women’s saunas, steam rooms, locker rooms and personal amenities – so that you feel truly pampered in this lavish retreat.

Premier entertainment at Circle Square Cultural Center at On Top of the World.

Circle Square
Cultural Center

Top name entertainment for the Ocala area, featuring spectacular events and performers every year. With seating for over 830 guests theatre style, you’ll have an incredible concert experience in this unique intimate setting. This beautiful auditorium also hosts theatrical productions, dances, conventions, expos, fundraising events, and more.

Weekly Farmers Market at On Top of the World.

Farmer’s Market
The Farmer’s Market provides healthy, fresh, local produce and other assorted local value-added food & non-food products to the residents of and visitors to the community. The Town Square also serves as a great central meeting place where you can relax, dance, meet with neighbors or friends and simply enjoy the day.

Retail at Circle Square Commons at On Top of the World Communities.


  • Mr. B’s Big Scoop
  • Sid’s Coffee Shop & Deli
  • Bridgenet Wireless
  • On Top of the World Real Estate
  • Marion County Title
  • McLeod Financial Group
  • Senior Health Plus, Inc.
  • Visiting Angels
  • VIP Primary Care
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