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It wasn’t until she moved to Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club that Lois Fraser bought her first “real” camera. Mrs. Fraser became a photographer as a way to look deeper into the world around her and share that sense of discovery with others. Most of what she has learned is through her involvement with the Harbour Ridge Birding Society, which she is now the president of, doing a lot of reading about nature, and she also started a nature blog (Nature Notes) to share her discoveries. She is even on her way to becoming a Florida Master Naturalist too.

Her photography really gives you a sense of the diversity of wildlife and how they have made their home at Harbour Ridge and their daily lives as “Members.” You can see the cranes pecking for worms on the fairways, otters have a casual conversation in the pickerelweed, and black skimmers doing aerial gymnastic-like moves as they skim for fish.

photography collage of a sandhill crane pair, two otters, and a black skimmer bird

“Looking through the lens of my camera helped me discover the diversity of wildlife here at Harbour Ridge. That made me curious about each of the species I was photographing, as well as the habitats that support them,” says Mrs. Fraser on photographing around the community.

Although the birds in her backyard were one of her initial inspirations to pick up a camera, Mrs. Fraser’s photography also ranges from all types of wildlife from a peninsula cooter turtle making its way to another pond to a dragonfly resting on a branch to anoles “doing the dewlap.”

collage of photography of a turtle, dragonfly, and lizard

Size does not matter either as she has also focused on the local osprey at the top of the food chain all the way down to a sweat bee pollinating the flowers in her yard…There is nothing that she doesn’t capture!

photography collage of two opsrey and a sweat bee on a flower

“I feel fortunate every day to live in a place where I can drive around in my golf cart and find so many interesting things to photograph. Nature at Harbour Ridge is beautiful at first glance, but when you start looking more closely, it’s truly amazing!” says Mrs. Fraser.

It’s no secret that Harbour Ridge is home to nature enthusiasts. With two miles of waterfront and 885 acres of unspoiled beauty, this Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary-certified community offers a level of privacy and a connection with nature that is unmatched. There are many different ways the residents interact with the natural surroundings, but Lois Fraser enjoys using the lens of her camera to view, capture and learn more about her community’s natural beauty.

Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club reopened its famed Golden Marsh Golf Course on Thursday, November 15. The $4.3M redesign began in April.

Bobby Weed, Architect, said, “This is a comprehensive update, resulting in a more natural, playable layout with greater variety and visual interest.” Originally designed by Joe Lee in 1984, this championship course has tropical charm, with swaying palms and grand sweeping vistas at every turn. Natural lakes and marshes that surround so many of the holes on this course add both an element of beauty and challenge to the course.

The redesign includes reconstructed green complexes, several greens with coquina boulder stacked walls, new bunkering, a new water-efficient irrigation system, the incorporation of coquina shell and pine straw that reduces acres of maintained turf and regrassing of the entire course.

Tim Powers, president of the Harbour Ridge Board of Directors, said: “Our members are looking forward to the re-opening and redesign of the course and we are excited to be enhancing the amenities and social experiences available here at Harbour Ridge, especially since the project will be completed without levying a membership assessment or incurring new long-term debt.”

The Golden Marsh joins the list of several Capital Improvement projects Harbour Ridge has made over the last three years, all without levying an assessment to the membership: The River Ridge 18-Hole Golf Course, also recently renovated, originally designed by Pete & P.B. Dye, the addition of a 22,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art fitness, spa and tennis center and the renovation of the 45,000 sq.ft. waterfront clubhouse.

About Harbour Ridge

Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club is a private, 885-acre community with 695 residences that overlook its two picturesque golf courses, acres of Audubon sanctioned nature preserves and the North Fork of the St. Lucie River. The Board of Directors, management and staff, along with the members, are all dedicated to maintaining their commitment to financial soundness and stability in an environment which enables them to enrich their quality of life.

For more information on Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club, please contact our Membership Office at (772) 873-6013 or l.pahl@hrycc.org.

Photo courtesy of Art Cicconi Golf Shots, Inc.

The Treasure Coast is known for its local waterways. The Indian River Lagoon is one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in North America and there is nothing better than a local boat tour to see all of this area’s beauty. Residents at Harbour Ridge are lucky enough to enjoy this waterfront beauty everyday and love to get out on the water. Whether you enjoy sailing, sea life, or airboats, there is something for everyone to check out. Here are some of the top boat tours on the Treasure Coast.

Schooner Lily

Departing right out of Downtown Stuart’s Riverwalk Pier, this wooden sailboat adventure is one you don’t want to miss out on. Whether you want to sail the calm waters of the morning or have a romantic sunset cruise in the evening, this large vessel can accommodate up to 35 passengers. Experiencing the wind blowing its white sails is something you won’t forget.

Island Princess Cruises

Docked at the Hutchinson Island Marriott Marina, Island Princess Cruises is a large motor vessel for all occasions. Watch for wildlife such as manatees, dolphins and a variety of birds from the top floor of its two-story hull. The Island Princess serves food and has open bar options. Whether it’s for a special occasion with a large group, or a simple cruise with your significant other, you won’t want to leave the Island Princess.

Florida Cracker Airboat Tours

Looking for a thrill? The Florida Cracker Airboat tour is perfect for you to check out. See the wildlife on the St. Johns River in Vero Beach. YES you will see alligators right in their natural habitat! But don’t worry; these guys have life long airboat experience. It’s an experience you truly won’t forget.

Harbour Ridge Marina

Have boating experience but don’t own a boat? The Harbour Ridge Marina offers pontoon boats for members to rent and cruise around the St. Lucie River. The Marina’s friendly staff can give you the local knowledge of the area and its wildlife. For more information on how to live the Harbour Ridge lifestyle contact membership@hrycc.org.

While you’re here on the Treasure Coast, stop by to visit Harbour Ridge, one of Florida’s premier private waterfront golf communities. Its waterfront location on the St. Lucie River makes it the perfect place to live, and it’s treasured by members and residents alike.

Harbour Ridge offers the best of the Florida lifestyle. The two championship golf courses wind along the river with beautiful views throughout the entire courses. Residents can entertain themselves at the new Lakeside Fitness Center or explore the surrounding area with kayaks and boat rentals from the on-site Marina. An active calendar of events informs residents of the activities that will take place in the neighborhood, and consists of everything from sporting events to dinners and social gatherings.

To learn more about the unique Florida lifestyle offered at Harbour Ridge and the wide variety of residential real estate offerings available, CLICK HERE. We will email you a digital brochure that highlights the amenities and lifestyle of our waterfront community.