Sugar Mill Country Club Estates is a large community of single-family homes on the west edge of the Sugar Mills Golf Course. The neighborhood is mostly surrounded by the golf course and woods. This is a tranquil neighborhood that offers residents an oasis from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. On any given day, you might hear the lowly cry of "Fore!" when a golfer blows their shot. You might also be wise to keep an eye out for those low flying golf balls.
For those that are members, the Country Club includes a restaurant, but once you exit the golf course, you shouldn't have any problem finding lots of great eateries within a short drive of home. The same applies to many other amenities such as grocery stores and pet supply stores where you can buy dog food and anything else you might need to keep your pooch happy.
Where else could you be surrounded by grass, have a dog, and not be able to take them out to play on it? You can take your pooch for walks on the sidewalks and in the woods, but definitely NOT on the golf course. The regulations there forbid it, so you're best looking for other avenues for your excursions. Living in the far northwest corner of the course luckily means not having to deal with a lot of traffic beyond the daily rush hours.
Be aware, however, that you and your dog will be dealing with the occasional golf cart cruising by. Providing you and your pup are keeping an eye out for what's going on around you, it shouldn't be a problem. While there are few shade trees along the way, you can count on being exposed to the full force of the Florida sun unless you walk in the woods.
Living here means being surrounded by green spaces, much of which is off limits. However, between you and the interstate, there is a large patch of undeveloped woods with multiple trails running all over them. There are even several lakes in this area for the two of you to hike back to if you feel ambitious enough.
Ten minutes to the south is the New Smyrna Beach Dog Park. This park offers two separate fenced sections with water fountain for the dogs and access to a shaded pavilion for you to sit in a while your pup goes off and runs around.
Ten minutes to the north is the Doris Leeper Spruce Creek Preserve. This nature preserve covers 1,637 acres of forest and swamps. There are numerous trails running all over the area to explore including one that runs all the way from New Smyrna Beach to Rose Bay.