Spectacular 55+ Golf Communities

The Lely Resort in Naples, Florida, boasts amazing golf like this signature par-3 hole. 
The Lely Resort in Naples, Florida, boasts amazing golf like this signature par-3 hole. 

With lush fairways and lovely water elements, golf courses are often the centerpiece of active adult communities. While golf communities can be found across the country, some of the best are found in popular retirement destinations like Florida and Arizona. If you are looking for a challenging course with plenty of scenic beauty, there are some must-see golf communities you won’t want to miss.


Golf communities in Florida come in many sizes and styles. Some are age-restricted, while others are open to residents of all ages. With over 50,000 homes, The Villages has grown into its own resort-style city, complete with retail centers, town squares and dozens of recreation centers. When it comes to golf, this 55 and over community offers 26 executive courses and nine 18-hole championship courses.

Florida residents who prefer to live in an open-age community also have several great options. Lely Resort Golf and Country Club features three amazing courses with picturesque designs and challenging layouts. In Naples, Vineyards provides two private 18-hole championship courses. Its North Course is designed in a Scottish links style, while the South Course is flexible enough to meet the needs of golfers of any skill level.


Active adults in Arizona’s Green Valley Recreation (GVR) have many options when it comes to golf courses. The GVR is a conglomerate of 55+ communities that lets residents share each others’ amenities to have a more diverse lifestyle. The GVR includes eight different golf courses, giving resident golfers plenty of variety.

Outside of the GVR area, Arizona has many active adult communities with their own spectacular golf courses, like Sun City Grand just outside of Phoenix. This beautiful Del Webb community has three 18-hole championship golf courses designed by PGA Hall-of-Famer Billy Casper and golf course architect Greg Nash.


The Lone Star State has become a popular destination for active adult retirees, and several Texas communities have their own spectacular golf courses. Sun City Texas is a Del Webb community with three championship golf courses, including the Legacy Hills course, which is ranked among the best golf courses in the state.

At Robson Ranch, resident golfers can enjoy a challenging game at the Wildhorse Golf Club’s 18-hole championship course, designed by renowned golf architect Gary Stephenson.

South Carolina

Along the South Carolina coast, active adult golfers will find gorgeous island communities with their own fantastic golf courses. Sun City Hilton Head features championship courses at the Okatie Creek Golf Club and the Hidden Cypress Club, each designed by PGA tour professional Mark McCumber.

The 18-hole golf course at Sun City Shadow Hills offers rolling terrain, water features, and stunning vistas.  


On the West Coast, California golfers enjoy a wide variety of courses in the Palm Springs area. At Sun City Shadow Hills, residents can test their skills at an amazing 18-hole course designed by Lee Schmidt and Brian Curley, or work on their short game at the newer par-3 course.

Spectacular golf courses are scattered outside of the Palm Springs area as well, such as the fabulous 18-hole, par 72 course found at Trilogy at Glen Ivy in the Inland Empire Area.

While golf communities are found throughout the country, these must-see courses are sure to impress active adult golfers looking for their ideal retirement destinations.

Can you spot the $207,744 difference between these identical homes?

Financing is the difference!

Get the details in The 62+ Loan Homebuyers Guide.

55places Mortgage is a joint venture between Mutual of Omaha Mortgage and 55places.com.
Details here.

Share this post:

We're here to help! (800) 928-2055

Call us to speak with a customer service representative.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get Weekly Updates

I agree that 55places and its affiliates, partner providers or agents may call, text, or email me about my inquiry, which may be made with automated means. I understand that my consent is not a prerequisite for buying a property. I may revoke my consent at any time by contacting [email protected] Message/data rates may apply. I also agree to 55places.com’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

The Best Places to Snowbird in 2021

We’ve gathered 25 of the best places for snowbirds, including cities in Florida, Arizona, California, Texas, South Carolina, and Nevada. For each entry, we’ve also provided a list of recommended 55+ communities in the area. If you’re ready to find your own winter retreat this season, here are some of the best places to consider.

Interior view of the indoor pool at Del Webb Ponte Vedra in Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Jacksonville Area 55+ Communities With Indoor Pools

There’s something so luxurious about an indoor pool. Take a look at these communities in Jacksonville and the surrounding northeast Florida area. You’ll find indoor pools and much, much more.

Sunset on sandy and rocky beach in the Bay Area of California.

55+ Communities on the Beach in the Bay Area

Perhaps you’re ready to turn your dream of living by the beach into reality. In that case, we’ve got you covered, because there are a few wonderful beachside 55+ communities right in the Bay Area.

A 55+ couple with arthritis holding hands and enjoying a day at the beach.

The Best Places to Retire With Arthritis

Those with arthritis know the pain and discomfort can be difficult to manage day-to-day. While there are many remedies to manage the pain, one you may not consider is climate. 55Places has taken a look at the best regions to live if you have arthritis, and many of them are home to 55+ communities!

A bridge over a pond on the grounds of Sun City Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, California.

Large 55+ Communities in the Sacramento Area

One of the greatest benefits of living in a large community is the vast amount of amenities typically offered. If you’re looking for larger 55+ communities in Sacramento, you’ll want to check out the three following communities.

Aerial view of the Downtown Spartanburg skyline in South Carolina on a sunny day.

Living in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Located in the scenic foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northwestern South Carolina—also known as the Upstate—Spartanburg is an ideal destination for active adults who want to retire in a mid-sized city with a small-town, close-knit feel.

About 55places

We’re changing the way people 55 and older are searching for their perfect next place. With a national network of hand-selected real estate experts, plus comprehensive information, unbiased content, and on-the-go insight about thousands of communities across the country, we’re a trusted resource paving the way from here to home. Whether you’re interested in a low-maintenance single-level residence, an active lifestyle or age-qualified community, an intimate enclave, or anything in between, we can help you make your next move the best one yet.

Scroll to Top