A picturesque golf course in Palm Springs, California

For golf lovers, these communities in Northern California will seem like paradise.

Golf is a popular pastime among many active adults, so it’s no surprise that an on-site golf course is one of the most desired amenities in a 55+ community. In response to the needs of active adults, many retirement communities now offer beautifully landscaped courses, in addition to an extensive lineup of other amenities.

We’re exploring the top four age-restricted communities in Northern California where residents can enjoy on-site golf.

Sun City Lincoln Hills - Lincoln, CA

Mid $300s - Mid $1Ms

The outdoor amphitheater on the grounds of Sun City Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, California

Sun City Lincoln Hills is home to the Lincoln Hills Golf Club.

Sun City developments are well known for their abundant amenities, and Sun City Lincoln Hills certainly lives up to this reputation. This 55+ community consists of 6,783 single-family homes and attached homes. Current homes for sale range from the low $500s to just under $1.2 million.

Sun City Lincoln Hills is home to the Lincoln Hills Golf Club, which has two 18-hole golf courses: the Hills Course and the Orchard Course. These golf courses were designed by Billy Casper and Greg Nash, so they offer both aesthetic appeal and a challenging game for different skill levels. While the Lincoln Hills Golf Club is located within the Sun City Lincoln Hills community, membership is separate, but residents have access to reduced rates. In addition to the on-site golf course, residents of Sun City Lincoln Hills enjoy access to a large sports complex, pools, spas, restaurants, and more.

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Rossmoor - Walnut Creek, CA

Mid $200s - Low $2Ms

Rossmoor has remained a top choice for active adults seeking a golf course community in Northern California. This award-winning 55+ community is home to well over 6,000 residences, consisting of condos, single-family homes, and attached homes. Current homes for sale range from the high $200s to over $1.5 million.

One of the biggest draws of Rossmoor is the fact that it offers 27 holes of NCGA-rated golf. The 18-hole Dollar Ranch course was designed by renowned golf course architect Robert Muir Graves. For golf players interested in a shorter game, Rossmoor also has a popular 9-hole course called Creekside. Both of these beautifully designed courses meander through mature landscaping and trees. Rossmoor’s golf amenities also include practice facilities, a pro shop, and a full-service restaurant and bar.

Residents are also served by five on-site clubhouses with additional amenities, including swimming pools, tennis courts, a fitness center, scenic natural spaces, and miles of walking trails.

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Trilogy at Rio Vista - Rio Vista, CA

Mid $300s - Mid $700s

Greenery on the golf course outside the clubhouse at Trilogy at Rio Vista in Rio Vista, California

This gated 55+ community offers an exceptional lifestyle with moderately priced homes.

Trilogy at Rio Vista blends resort-like amenities with a quaint, tranquil setting. Ideally situated between San Francisco and Sacramento, this gated 55+ community offers an exceptional lifestyle with moderately priced homes. Development is still ongoing, but upon completion, there will be 3,000 single-family homes. Current homes for sale range from the high $300s to the mid $700s.

Designed by golf course architect, Ted Robinson, Sr., this 18-hole golf course offers up an exciting game. It incorporates water features and a unique layout to challenge golfers of any skill level. The course also showcases the natural beauty of the surrounding Sacramento River Delta area and the community’s well-maintained grounds.

Residents of Trilogy at Rio Vista have a full lineup of amenities for when they’re not on the golf course. The community’s two clubhouses feature fitness centers, pools, a ballroom, tennis courts, a center for learning, and more.

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The Villages Golf & Country Club - San Jose, CA

Mid $400s - Mid $1Ms

The Villages Golf & Country Club is a private escape nestled in a natural setting, but it’s only about 10 minutes away from Downtown San Jose. This gated 55+ community is home to 2,536 residences, consisting of condos, single-family homes, and attached homes. Current homes for sale range from the mid $200s to over $1.1 million.

The on-site golf facilities allow residents to enjoy a little friendly competition with their neighbors. Designed by Robert Muir Graves, the championship 18-hole golf course attracts golfers from all over Northern California, not just those who live in the community. This popular course accommodates different skill levels and is set among lush landscaping. There's also a 9-hole, par-3 course for those wanting to improve their game.

Off the course, residents can enjoy plentiful amenities at the community’s four clubhouses. These clubhouses offer fitness centers, pools, spas, a restaurant and bistro, and more. 

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