Clubhouses are typically the heart and soul of any active adult community. Each has its own distinct lineup of amenities, recreational facilities, and social environments that bring residents of the community together in a welcoming and friendly setting. Some of the best clubhouses offer amenities that support a vibrant and active lifestyle, which are some of the top items retirees seek when choosing an active adult community to call home. From lavish pools and stunning golf courses to on-site restaurants and day spas, there is something for everyone in these well-appointed clubhouses.
Every year at 55places.com, our staff tours hundreds of communities to see what kind of clubhouses and lifestyles are being offered in these exciting environments. While there are many clubhouses that can be included in our list, here are just a few of the most innovative clubhouses found in active adult communities across the country.
The Lodge in Four Seasons at Terra Lago is a beautiful 22,000 square-foot clubhouse that’s brimming with indoor and outdoor amenities. Residents have access to a wide selection of facilities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle such as a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor pool and spa, and aerobics and yoga studio. The clubhouse provides plenty of social spaces for get-togethers and fun activities like arts and crafts studio, meeting room, conference room, card room, game room, ballroom, and billiards. Homeowners can relax at the on-site beauty salon and massage room or enjoy a meal at the bistro with friends. Outdoors, The Lodge features a resort-style pool, cabanas, multiple sports courts, a putting green, and dog park.
Del Webb’s Sun City Texas has all the amenities residents could want or need at its Village Center Amenity Complex. The 86,000 square-foot clubhouse was designed to display a Southwestern style with modern tastes and features a great selection of indoor and outdoor recreational facilities and social areas. The complex includes three 18-hole championship golf courses, a pro shop, restaurant and cafe, two indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, stained glass studio, and woodworking shop. In addition to these luxurious amenities, the clubhouse also features a fishing lake, softball field, dog park, picnic pavilion, and miles of walking and biking trails. And if that’s not enough, there are a variety of tennis, pickleball, bocce ball, and shuffleboard courts on the premises for a fun and challenging game with friends. Residents also have access to the Cowan Creek Amenity Center, which is the newest physical and social activity center in Sun City Texas.
Del Webb’s award-winning active adult community in Bluffton, SC, offers its residents world-class amenities sprawled across its landscape. The 45-acre Village Center is the central hub of Sun City Hilton Head and features endless options for social recreation and physical activity. The community is home to multiple fitness centers, restaurants, game rooms, and social spaces. Crafty residents can take advantage of the woodworking shop, stained glass area, model railroad room, or art studio. Active adults will love the miles of fitness trails with exercise stations throughout the community. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the 20-acre fishing lake, gardening plots, dog park, and sports fields. Golfers also have three unique 18-hole golf courses that boast lush greens and extensive waterways for an exciting game of golf.
Renowned for its lavish clubhouses and amenities, On Top of the World in Ocala, FL is like no other. It has a myriad of recreational facilities and resort-style amenities found throughout several of its clubhouses. The Recreation Center has many physical and social activity areas like a state-of-the-art fitness center, steam room and sauna, restaurant, ballroom, golf shop, softball field, horseshoe pits, and mini golf course as well as racquetball, tennis, pickleball, and shuffleboard courts. Games and creative activities are housed in the Hobby Building that’s equipped with a card room, arts and crafts studio, billiards room, and woodworking shop. The Arbor Club & Conference Center features more fitness areas as well as an R/C flying field and R/C car track. The entertainment and social hub of On Top of the World is the Circle Square Commons, where residents gather for a fun and relaxing day. It includes a coffee shop and deli, ice cream shop, cultural center, day spa, and a higher learning education center.
The Club at Cresswind is a beautiful 36,000 square-foot, three-story clubhouse. It offers a rich lineup of amenities that support an active and healthy lifestyle where residents can take classes, join a club, or attend a social function. Some of the top amenities in Cresswind at Lake Lanier include a bathhouse and sauna, indoor pool and spa, lounge, learning center, demonstration kitchen, and art room. Outdoors, residents can enjoy the sunny Georgian climate by taking a dip in the lagoon-style pool or hanging out with friends at the outdoor kitchen and fireplace. Neighbors stay active by challenging each other on one of the tennis, pickleball, or bocce ball courts. Homeowners also have access to an outdoor amphitheater for concerts and performances as well as a 70-slip marina and private dock on scenic Lake Lanier.
The Kiva Club is a luxurious 35,000 square-foot clubhouse in Trilogy at Vistancia. It is the central hub of the community and features a top-notch fitness center, aerobics and dance studio, indoor lap pool, café and restaurant, movie theater, day spa, computer lab and center for higher learning. Outdoors, residents have a sparkling pool and spa, four lighted tennis courts, an event lawn, and an 18-hole golf course. Trilogy at Vistancia also opened a second clubhouse dubbed the Mita Club that offers 17,000 square feet of recreational space. The Mita Club includes well-appointed amenities like a fitness center, aerobics studio, The Market Place restaurant, The Shallow Well Bar & Grill, an outdoor pool, and two tennis courts.