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Where the Cool Kids Retire

The Premier Florida Retirement Community

On Top of the World Communities is an award-winning, family owned company founded in 1947. OTOW Florida retirement community in Ocala is unmatched in amenities, with plenty of opportunities for softball, tennis, pickleball, golf, fitness classes, swimming, archery, billiards, and many more recreational activities. The real test of an active adult Florida retirement community is the quantity and quality of activities and programs designed to engage residents every day, all year long. OTOW programs are designed specifically with the active adult in mind!

OTOW is a leader in the retirement community industry both in recreational activities & amenities, as well as utilizing superior construction methods while building energy efficient homes from our many floor plans.

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Why OTOW Florida Retirement Community is the Place to Be!

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 OTOW 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 900 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 at our Florida retirement community 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 & Craft Studios
Art & Craft Studios for ceramics, painting, sewing and other craft hobbies.

Model Railroaders Room
The Model Railroaders Room is located in the Hobby Building near the Recreation Center.

The Hobby Building is home to the On Top of the World Library.

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 at On Top of the World Florida retirement community. OTOW provides two private courses: The Tortoise & Hare and The Links. One Semi-private course: Candler Hills Golf Course. You can walk or ride and enjoy nature and beautiful vistas. OTOW private golf club features two links-style, par 72 championship courses for OTOW residents and their guests. Impeccably maintained, OTOW courses offer outstanding play throughout the year. The club also features a driving range, practice facility and pro shop.

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Candler Hills Golf Course

An expertly manicured, par 72 championship golf course, Candler Hills Golf Course is designed as a Palm Springs-style course. It boasts 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.

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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 Florida retirement community is an active place!

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OTOW Arbor Fitness Center boasts of ten (10) tennis courts of which eight (8) are lighted and surfaced with the Plexicushion Prestige Cushion Acrylic.

“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.

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!

Pickleball is best described as a cross between tennis and ping-pong. This high energy game can be enjoyed with friends on our twelve (12) courts.

On Top of the World RC Flying Field

…Into the Wild Blue Yonder!

R/C flying enthusiasts will enjoy a private R/C flying field at our Florida community. 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.

Recreation at Our Florida Retirement Community

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

Get ready for your next bocce match! With eight (8) bocce ball courts located at The Arbors, you are sure to make new friends…and friendly rivals…while enjoying this outdoor sport.

Shuffleboard is quintessential in an active adult community, right? We agree. Here at OTOW, there are eight (8) shuffleboard courts for your enjoyment.

Ready, aim and toss…it’s a ringer at the horseshoe pits! With nine (9) playing areas, residents enjoy leagues, inter-community teams and special events.

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.


OTOW Recreation Center

OTOW Recreation Center building at our Florida retirement community hosts many services and recreational activities for residents of OTOW Central neighborhoods, Candler Hills neighborhoods and Indigo East residents who purchased the Gateway of Services Pass.

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

The Arbors
OTOW Activity Center, Fitness Center, and Conference Center

OTOW Arbor Activity Center includes an expanded billiards room with 12 tables, a Poker room, 3 card rooms, a table tennis room, and an electronic game room.

OTOW Arbor Fitness Center offers state-of-the-art exercise equipment, group fitness rooms, a TRX fitness room and is the hub of tennis and aquatic activity. The Arbor Fitness Center is where you’ll find both indoor and outdoor pools. The heated Olympic-sized indoor pool is home to the Aqua-Aerobic classes and lap swimmers. Water relaxation is prevalent at the outdoor pool and jacuzzi where you can choose to sit and relax while you enjoy the Florida sunshine. The facility also provide men’s and women’s showers and locker rooms.

OTOW Arbor Conference Center features large meeting rooms perfect for most resident clubs, large or small.

OTOW Restaurants

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
Enjoy lunch, dinner, and a full service bar 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
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 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
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.

Circle Square Cultural Center near n top of the World Communities. Premier Entertainment.

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.

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.

Bridgenet Communications
Colen & Wagoner, P.A.
First Federal Bank
Guided Medicare
Marion Title & Escrow Company
McLeod Financial Group
Mr. B’s Big Scoop
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Senior Health Plus, Inc.
Sid’s Coffee Shop & Deli
Visiting Angels
VIP Care
Visiting Angels


With unmatched amenities, On Top of the World Communities is the leader of 55+ recreational activities in retirement communities in Florida, in both quantity and quality.


Each new home at On Top of the World Ocala is built with quality, steel reinforced, concrete block construction using superior materials and brands for better energy efficient homes.


As the premier 55+ active adult retirement community in Florida, On Top of the World Communities is an award-winning, family owned, debt-free company founded in 1947.

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