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Sun City Texas is a golfers' paradise with three 18-hole championship golf courses right inside the community.

As active adults continue to look beyond Florida and Arizona, communities in Texas, such as Sun City Texas, are rapidly becoming popular retirement destinations. The diverse landscape, the warm year-round temperatures, and the strong economy have drawn the attention of both retirees and active adult community builders.

Unlike their Florida and Arizona counterparts, many Texas active adult communities do not have their own private golf courses. However, that should not deter golf enthusiasts. Texas has many beautiful and challenging public golf courses that are located near, or even adjacent to active adult communities.

For example, Windsor Hills an active adult community located within The Woodlands, offers residents the opportunity to play at either of The Woodland’s two 18-hole courses. Those who plan to retire to Texas, and have their hearts set on a true golf community, do have some great options. Though golf communities may be a bit less prevalent, the Houston area offers some spectacular active adult communities with their own on-site golf courses.

1. Sun City Texas, in Georgetown - In addition to its many other impressive amenities, this large, resort-style community includes three championship 18-hole golf courses, Legacy Hills, White Wing, and Cowan Creek. Together these courses span over 315 acres of prime Texas Hill Country. Each course features its own unique design, yet artfully blends in with this beautiful area’s natural topography. Legacy Hills, designed by PGA Hall of Famer Billy Casper and architect Greg Nash, is ranked among the best golf courses in Texas. All three courses are open to the public, but are located within the boundaries of Sun City Texas.

2. Robson Ranch, in Denton - With 7,200 projected homes, Robson Ranch is one of the largest active adult communities in Texas. The community’s Wildhorse Golf Club features an 18-hole course designed by Gary Stephenson. This par-72 course covers 6,892 yards from its longest tees, though multiple tee placements make the course flexible for a variety of skill levels. Beautiful landscaping, notable hazards, and strategically placed bunkers make for a challenging and enjoyable game. The Wildhorse Golf Club is open to the public, but primarily used by community members.

3. Frisco Lakes, in Frisco -Centered on its magnificent 28,000 square foot Village Center and Sports Complex, the amenities at Frisco Lakes are plentiful. The 18-hole Frisco Lakes Golf Club features a par-72 course, designed by Gary Stephenson. This spectacular course winds throughout the community, with a few holes set against the beautiful shores of Lake Lewisville. From its longest tees, the course spans 7,099 yards. This challenging course is open to the public, yet Frisco Lakes residents enjoy discounted rates and preferred tee times.

4. Heritage Ranch, in Fairview -With 1,244 homes, Heritage is a smaller, more intimate community that is open to residents aged 50 or better. The Heritage Ranch Golf and Country Club offers an 18-hole championship golf course, designed by Arthur Hill. This scenic par-72 course spans 6,988 yards, which include beautiful rolling hills, and winding creeks. Four sets of tees provide flexible play for golfers of varying skill levels. The course is open to the public, but residents enjoy reduced golf fees and can purchase special resident golf packages.

With its mild climate and diverse landscape, Texas is a prime location for beautiful and challenging golf courses. Those who dream of living in a golf community can choose from a growing number of beautiful neighborhoods – from Sun City Texas to Heritage Ranch.