Top 10 List of Golf Course Communities for Relocating Retirees

relocating_guideThe obvious benefit to retiring to a golf course community is proximity to the greens. This is especially advantageous since residents play for free. But you don’t have to be a golf aficionado to want to settle at a golf course community. Many people who choose to live on these properties after age 55 do so for the fantastic views and amenities.

Top 10 golf community relocation guide:

Kiawah Island, SC

The elegant community, nestled between the ocean, marshlands and a river, has two private greens, a spa, sports center and three clubhouses.

Estancia, Scottsdale, AZ

Near perfect year-round weather makes Scottsdale a top retiree destination. Estancia’s championship golf course capitalizes on the area’s natural desert vistas at the foot of Pinnacle Peak. With just 267 Tuscan-style homes on 640 acres, Estancia is considered an exclusive community.

Woodside Plantation, Aiken, SC

Named a top retirement community, Woodside Plantation offers greens designed by champion golfers. There are also miles of nature trails, fishing on several lakes and two private clubhouses. The gated community is close to annual events like the Aiken Steeplechase.

Promontory: The Ranch, Club Park City, UT

For the active retiree, living at the Promontory is like going on an endless vacation. In addition to world-class golf facilities, it’s minutes from Park City ski resorts. The gated community offers hiking trails and state-of-the-art equestrian center.

The Villages, The Villages, FL

The Villages, in central Florida, is one of the most affordable over-55 golf communities on this relocation guide. It has all the amenities of a world-class golf community but at a reasonable price. “The one place in the world you can play golf free for the rest of your life,” the Villages has 30, nine-hole executive courses.

Villages Golf & Country Club, San Jose, CA

The Villages in San Jose is located in the Santa Clara foothills, 10 miles from Silicon Valley. It offers resort-like facilities, including horse stables and bridle paths, two miles of lake shoreline and four clubhouses. The 1,200-acre gated community has a championship, 18-hole golf course; 9-hole, par-3 course; a driving range and pro shop.

Sun City Peachtree by Del Webb, Griffin, GA

Sun City Peachtree, near Atlanta, is a popular draw for locals and those looking to leave the cold winters behind. The 1,700-acre community, situated in the hilly pine forests of Griffin, is a social community with amenities designed for active adults. In addition to the 18-hole golf course, there are two pools, hobby studios, nine tennis courts, plus walking trails and a botanical garden.

Pine Canyon, Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff’s 7,000 foot elevation makes it an ideal spot for retirees who enjoy a four-season climate surrounded by desert vistas.  Pine Canyon is an upscale mountain community surrounded by national forest land. The championship golf course utilizes the area’s natural hilly terrain, a trout-stocked fishing hole and an appropriately named “double or nothing” 19th hole.

Rossmoor, Walnut Creek, CA

Located 25 miles from San Francisco, Rossmoor has more variety than many adult golf communities. Buyers can choose from condos to single-family homes and co-op arrangements. The award-winning community has two golf courses with 27 NCGA-rated holes, plus practice facilities.

WadeHampton Golf Club, Cashiers, NC

Named best golf course community several times, Wade Hampton has a strict dress code for the course and the clubhouse. Those looking to settle at the top ranked course in the state won’t be deterred by those small details.

The communities on this relocation guide, with free golf and non-stop activities, are great places for over-55 individuals who like living with same-age peers, but desire a fulfilling social life.


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