Golf has long been a popular pastime among retirees, but there are signs that interest in golf is changing, especially among younger Americans. This is forcing developers to rethink how they're going to design and market traditional golf resort communities. The number of people under 30 playing golf has declined more than a third over the last decade and the sport has lost over 700 venues and facilities in that time, according to industry reports.
The sport’s ebbing popularity weighs heavily on builders and developers making plans for future active adult communities. Some designers are excluding golf entirely. In Palm Springs, where golf is nearly a religion, a failed course was turned into an orchard of olive trees by Freehold Communities. In Las Vegas, work was stopped on a course for developer Steve Wynn and plans for the land changed to a man-made lagoon. Other developers are modifying plans for what will still be golf communities, but with more appeal for diverse tastes.
In Southern California, there are several active adult communities without golf courses. All offer amenities and recreation other than golf, and all give residents a break with comparatively more affordable association fees because there are no community golf facilities to maintain.
Here are a few for interested homebuyers to consider.
High $500s - Mid $600s
In Los Angeles County, Belcaro is a 47-acre active adult development with 275 single-family and attached homes. Belcaro offers resort-like amenities and luxurious homes on quiet streets, some along cul-de-sacs, with Spanish-revival and Prairie-style architecture.
The clubhouse at Belcaro offers a health and wellness center, a coffee and juice bar, massage service, and a performing arts studio as well as a banquet room and card and game rooms. Outdoors, there's a 25-meter pool, a whirlpool spa, and an outdoor kitchen area with ceiling fans and a fireplace lounge. Also at Belcaro, there's an on-site activities director who plans field trips, seminars, and lectures.
Mid $300s - Mid $600s
In Orange County, Huntington Landmark has Southern California beach culture right around the corner. The community is less than two miles from the shore break at Huntington Beach, also known as "Surf City USA." Also nearby is the coastal bike trail, the Huntington Beach pier, and the downtown shopping district.
Built in 1983, Huntington Landmark has over 1,200 condos. It offers resort-style living with a clubhouse, a gym, pools, spas, a putting green, and other outdoor recreation. The community is also filled with trees, large grassy areas, and sidewalks for leisurely strolls.
Low $400s - Low $500s
In San Diego County, Camino Hills also has a beach influence. Camino Hills is a gated 55+ community in the charming beach city of Carlsbad. It has 145 single-family homes and comfortable amenities, allowing residents to enjoy a carefree lifestyle. The central clubhouse has a fully equipped fitness room, a catering kitchen, a ballroom, and a game room.
Outdoors, residents can enjoy coastal California’s perfect weather with a pool and spa, a spacious patio, a tennis court, and trails for walking and biking. There's also on-site boat and RV parking.
Low $200s - High $400s
In Ventura County, Oaknoll Villas has 419 condo homes and a clubhouse that's the focal point for all social and physical activities. There's an exercise and aerobics room for workouts, a meeting room for gatherings, a well-stocked library, and a billiards table.
The amenities continue outdoors with a pool, spa, and patio as well as walking and biking trails, shuffleboard courts, or an outdoor barbecue area. The community is within walking distance of The Oaks, Thousand Oaks Community Park, and Los Robles Golf Course.
High $200s - Low $500s
In the Inland Empire, Four Seasons at Beaumont is an exclusive gated community nestled in the beautiful San Gorgonio Pass. With 1,923 homes, Four Seasons at Beaumont is one of the larger communities in Southern California. A diverse mix of single-family and attached duplex homes are available in over 30 floor plans.
With its proximity to nearby mountains and national forests, Four Seasons at Beaumont appeals to outdoor enthusiasts. Inside the community, eight miles of walking and hiking trails meander through the neighborhoods and across 500 acres of native vegetation and natural water features.
High $400s - High $900s
Located in the Palm Springs area, Del Webb Rancho Mirage is an active adult community by award-winning builder Del Webb. Upon completion, some 1,000 single-family homes will surround the community center with indoor activities and outdoor recreational facilities.
A spacious clubhouse will feature a state-of-the-art fitness center, meeting rooms, an aerobics and dance studio, a billiards room, and a library. Outdoors, active adults will enjoy a resort-style swimming pool and patio as well as tennis and pickleball courts.