Active adults who don't want to pay green fees, hear the sound of clubs swinging, or worry about ball damage, can relax in these 55+ communities.

Not everyone enjoys a view of the ninth hole, and you only have to have a golf ball fly through your car window once to decide you’ve had enough of the game. Active adult communities don’t have to be built around golf courses. Some people want to live where they play. Others prefer not to live on a golf course, enjoying the lower homeowners' association (HOA) fees, the lack of non-community traffic lining up at the gates to play 18 holes, and the sense that there are better amenities to be found. Like pickleball.

If you’re not someone who is interested in golf, or even if you are interested in golf but you don’t want to live on a course, you have options. Take a look at these popular Florida communities without golf courses.  

Latitude Margaritaville – Daytona Beach

Mid $200s – Mid $300s

Trade in the golf clubs for a cheeseburger in paradise at this Jimmy Buffet-themed 55+ community. Latitude Margaritaville was named the 55places.com community of the Year for 2018, and when we talked to residents about why they chose to buy there, several said they were looking for a community that didn’t revolve around golf. Custom-designed homes in dozens of floor plans and unique finishes are available to buyers, and construction on amenities are underway.

Who has time for golf when there’s a private beach club, a modern fitness center, an indoor lap pool, and a pet spa called Barkaritaville? A town center and retail shops, including Publix, are under construction, and residents will also have their own restaurant.

Palm Isles – Boynton Beach

Low $200s – Mid $200s

Palm Beach County has more than 160 golf courses, but none of them are at Palm Isles. The gated, 55+ community is resort-like, with its enormous clubhouse, impressive fitness center, theater, and a ballroom. There are eight tennis courts, six shuffleboard courts, and pickleball courts. Instead of golf, residents get together for dance classes, singing groups, bowling, and lectures. There’s also a motivational speaking series and an investment club.

All of this is available on a sprawling property that’s close to the beach as well as wildlife preserves and nature trails. Buyers can find a single-family home, condo, or attached villa for sale in one, two, or three-bedroom models. 

Tidewater by Del Webb – Estero

High $200s – Mid $400s

New homes in single-family and attached models are available to buyers 55+ at Tidewater by Del Webb, a recently constructed community just outside of Naples, on Florida’s Gulf Coast. There’s no golf course—not even a putting green—but there are a lot of special things about this development. For example, there’s a two-story clubhouse where residents gather for clubs and classes, and an on-site activities director who takes care of planning events and generating interest in things like potlucks, group fitness classes, and game nights.

The homes range in size from two to four bedrooms. Buyers can select a model with a den, and all homes come with at least two garages. Estero is right off I-75, making a trip to Fort Myers or Tampa easy.

Villages of Seloy – Saint Augustine

Mid $200s – Mid $300s

Low maintenance living means no greens fees and an HOA with reasonable dues that cover general maintenance, landscaping, and trash removal. All of this is found at the Villages of Seloy, an active adult community in America’s oldest city. New and resale homes are available in four attached two-bedroom models, and it’s easy to imagine an active lifestyle that doesn’t include golf.

Instead, the 55+ residents in this community enjoy a fitness center and a business center, as well as an outdoor pool and patio. Community parties are frequent, and with only 240 residences, it’s easy to get to know your neighbors. You’ll enjoy the close proximity to everything Saint Augustine has to offer, including Castillo de San Marcos, beaches, and museums.

Southshore Falls – Apollo Beach

High $100s – Low $300s

One of the most popular communities in the Tampa Bay area is Southshore Falls in Apollo Beach. If you want to golf, the nearest course is about five minutes away. But, you won’t have to worry about golfers encroaching into your living space. Instead, you’ll relax near one of the lagoon-style pools, take a painting class, or join the meditation group that meets in The Wellspring Club, a 14,000 square-foot clubhouse.

The 55+ residents here enjoy scenic ponds, walking trails, and close proximity to the beach. It’s also an easy commute to Tampa and Saint Petersburg. Sarasota is just a few exits down I-75, and all the shopping, dining, and recreation you desire is a short drive from the community. Homes are available on a resale basis and come in single-family and attached models.