Florida has always been an attractive retirement destination. With more than 1,000 golf courses, the Sunshine State is especially desirable for golfers looking for fairways close to home. Active adult communities with golf courses abound and often include other great amenities, such as fitness centers and resort-style pools.
Here are 10 communities to start your search for the perfect Florida golf retirement destination.
Mid $200s - Mid $500s
Located in Central Florida, Del Webb Orlando has plans for 830 single-family homes. Although relatively smaller than many communities, Del Webb Orlando offers an amenity-rich clubhouse, swimming pools, sports courts, and the 18-hole Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club.
Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club is also home to its own 5,000-square foot clubhouse as well as a pro shop, a full driving range, and chipping and putting areas. The course itself was designed by Ted McAnlis and features strategically placed hazards and multiple tee boxes for golfers of all skill levels. Membership at this public course is optional for community residents.
High $200s - High $600s
With approximately 2,500 homes in a wide range of sizes and styles, Pelican Preserve offers many attractive options for active adults. The community also features resort-style amenities including a spacious clubhouse, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and 27 holes of golf.
Floor plans in this golf course community range from 1,078 to over 3,000 square feet. Multiple homeowners' associations are available to take care of services such as common area maintenance and security, leaving residents more free time to hit the links or grab a bite at the Spoonbills Restaurant.
Mid $100s - Mid $300s
Active adults on Florida's Central Gulf Coast can find attractive homes at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club. In addition to its clubhouses, outdoor activities, and 27 holes of golf, the 1,336-home community has a diverse line-up of resale and new construction single-family homes.
Homes for sale in this community are available in more than 30 floor plans, providing plenty of options for homebuyers. Some homes also have views of the community's rolling fairways. Residents have their choice of two club membership options: social or golf. Golfers can also pay per round.
Mid $200s - High $500s
Opened in 2005, Arlington Ridge has plans for a total of 629 single-family homes. The variety of floor plans meet the needs of many homebuyers, while an exciting line-up of amenities supports an active lifestyle. Highlights include a spacious clubhouse and an 18-hole championship golf course.
The 18-hole course was designed by Gary Koch. Challenging but fair, this course also features natural appointments such as a winding river and century-old oaks.
Mid $200s - Mid $400s
Built between 1995 and 2000 by Lennar Homes, Kings Ridge is a well-established community with a welcoming clubhouse, swimming pools, sports courts, and two 18-hole golf courses designed by Lloyd Clifton and Ron Garl respectively. These par-70 and par-52 courses provide a great challenge for players, with features such as severe sand traps, water holes, and multiple elevation changes.
Kings Ridge also features 2,088 single-family homes, now available on a resale basis. Floor plans range from 1,066 to 2,560 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to two-and-a-half bathrooms, and attached garages. Listings start in the mid $200s.
High $100s - Mid $600s
Just 21 miles from Walt Disney World, Solivita features Tuscan-themed architecture, a wide range of amenities, and two 18-hole golf courses. These resort-style features are spread across multiple neighborhoods and amenity centers, some of which include unique appointments such as piazzas and scenic waterways. The golf courses themselves are nestled near bistros and other restaurants, as well as golf practice facilities for players to keep their game sharp.
Upon completion, the community will include nearly 6,000 attached and single-family homes.
High $100s - Mid $400s
Spruce Creek Country Club, by Del Webb, offers resort-style living just 15 miles south of Ocala. This impressive 3,250-home community includes multiple recreation centers, a state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pools, and sports courts. It's also home to Eagle Ridge Golf Club, which offers four 9-hole golf courses, driving ranges, and putting greens. Golfers can also join different organizations and classes to meet other players and hone their skills.
Mid $200s - Low $500s
Opened in 2006, Stone Creek is a Del Webb community with plans for approximately 3,800 homes. Buyers have the option of both single-family and attached models with low-maintenance exteriors and up to five bedrooms.
Highlights of Stone Creek's exciting amenities include a spacious clubhouse, outdoor sports courts, the Stone Creek Grille restaurant, and the 18-hole Stone Creek Golf Club. This 187-acre championship course was designed by Terry Doss and features strategically placed ponds and six tee boxes.
Mid $200s - High $400s
Construction of Heritage Isle began in 2006. At completion, this 55+ community will have 1,500 residences. With condos, attached, and single-family homes, there is sure to be a model that fits your style, preferences, and price range. Heritage Isles is also home to a 21,000-square-foot clubhouse filled with amenities and social activities as well as the beautiful 18-hole Duran Golf Club.
Duran Golf Club is also home to a par-3 short course and practice areas. Members can also join leagues to challenge themselves and their neighbors.
Mid $200s - Low $500s
With over 1,900 residences, excellent amenities, and social activities, Indian Spring rounds off our list. Although buyers may expect to pay a pretty penny to live in a Palm Beach County golf course community, Indian Spring is the perfect exception to that.
This community features condos, attached duplexes, and single-family homes. Residents may also choose to become country club members, where they will have access to multiple clubhouses, pools, fitness centers, and, of course, golfing facilities. Indian Spring Country Club is home to two 18-hole championship golf courses.