Baby Boomers in search of their ideal retirement destination typically look for 55+ communities that support their vibrant and social lifestyle. These age-restricted and age-targeted developments usually have lavish clubhouses brimming with resort-style amenities. Some of the best clubhouses are filled with indoor and outdoor amenities like heated pools, golf courses, state-of-the-art fitness centers, on-site restaurants, ballrooms, theaters, hobby areas, and much more. These luxurious clubhouses attract retirees by providing plenty of space for them to maintain a physically fit and socially engaged lifestyle without having to travel far from home.
A clubhouse is the focal point of most active adult communities that help bring residents together for social functions, activities, and events as well as establish a close-knit and exciting atmosphere among all homeowners. Here at 55 Places, we’ve explored hundreds of active adult communities and toured countless clubhouses and even tried out some of the amenities. Some of the best we’ve seen this year include the following 25 great active adult community clubhouses. 1. Sun City Shadow Hills – Indio, CA Del Webb’s second active adult community in the Coachella Valley is Sun City Shadow Hills. This vibrant 55+ community has two clubhouses within its confines that are full of world-class amenities, which keep residents busy all year long. The Montecito and Santa Rosa clubhouses are the heart of this community and provide a total of 50,000 square feet of amenity space. Residents have everything from two state-of-the-art fitness centers and outdoor pools to multiple sports courts, walking and biking trails, dog parks, as well as hobby and game rooms. Sun City Shadow Hills also has the Shadow Hills Golf Club, which provides two 18-hole golf courses, an on-site restaurant, and pro shop. 2. Soleil Laurel Canyon – Canton, GA Located in Canton, GA, Soleil Laurel Canyon is a beautiful active adult community with a 28,000 square-foot Craftsman-style clubhouse. The Grand Clubhouse includes lavish indoor amenities such as a lap pool, spa, coffee bar, aerobics studio, ballroom, hobby and game room, and private massage rooms. Outdoors, residents take advantage of the Northern Georgia climate by taking a dip in the lagoon-style swimming pool or playing a few games of tennis and bocce ball. Spending time outside and getting fresh air is easy with a community garden and outdoor amphitheater onsite. Residents can also play 18 holes of golf on the adjacent Canton Golf Course Club. 3. Sun City Huntley by Del Webb – Huntley, IL A unique jewel in the Midwest as well as a premier active adult community, Sun City Huntley by Del Webb offers a rich lineup of amenities throughout its multiple clubhouses. The 94,000 square-foot Prairie Lodge houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor lap pool, 20-person indoor spa, a ceramics studio, computer lab, and performing arts theater. Meadow View Lodge is a 20,000 square-foot clubhouse that’s bustling with residents who take advantage of its hobby and game room, ballroom, and outdoor pool. Sun City Huntley even has a separate woodworking shop and billiards hall for its residents. With more than 2,300 acres of lush landscaping, Sun City Huntley also has countless outdoor amenities like an 18-hole golf course, sand volleyball court, fishing lake, softball stadium, as well as tennis and bocce ball courts. 4. SaddleBrooke Ranch – Oracle, AZ Situated near Tucson and the high Sonoran desert, SaddleBrooke Ranch features an impressive 37,000 square-foot clubhouse called La Hacienda Club. This amenity complex boasts an on-site restaurant, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor lap pool, outdoor resort-style pool, as well as a day spa and beauty salon. 55-plus adults will love living in this thriving active adult setting because of its learning center and arts room where they can explore their creative passion and learn about a variety of subjects. The 18-hole SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Course meanders throughout this well-maintained community and offers challenging fairways with scenic desert views. 5. Trilogy at Monarch Dunes – Nipomo, CA This luxurious active lifestyle community in Central California offers the ultimate in resort-style living. Trilogy at Monarch Dunes caters to retirees thanks to its 31,000 square-foot clubhouse. This award-winning amenity center houses the latest in exercise equipment in its fitness center. The Sandalwood Spa is the perfect place for residents looking to get pampered. The Exploration Lounge Center for Higher Learning is also available for retirees seeking further educational enrichment. This beautiful environment also boasts the Monarch Dunes Golf Club where active adults will find an 18-hole course and a 12-hole challenge course along with restaurants and golf practice facilities. 6. Sun City Grand - Surprise, AZ 7. Sun City Texas - Georgetown, TX 8. Rossmoor - Walnut Creek, CA 9. Trilogy at Vistancia - Peoria, AZ 10. Westlake Golf and Country Club - Jackson, NJ 11. Village at Deaton Creek - Hoschton, GA 12. Sun City Anthem at Merrill Ranch - Florence, AZ 13. Greenbriar Oceanaire - Waretown, NJ 14. Trilogy at Encanterra - Queen Creek, AZ 15. Sun City Anthem - Las Vegas, NV 16. Sun City West, AZ 17. Heritage at Eagle Bend Golf Club - Aurora, CO 18. Del Webb Ponte Vedra, FL 19. Trilogy at the Vineyards - Brentwood, CA 20. Del Webb Orlando - Davenport, FL 21. Lely Resort - Naples, FL 22. Sun City Festival - Buckeye, AZ 23. Victory at Verrado - Buckeye, AZ 24. Fairfield Glade - Crossville, TN 25. Cresswind at Lake Lanier - Gainesville, GA