A golfer swinging a golf club on the driving range at Sun Lakes Country Club in Banning, California

Avid golfers have some attractive communities to choose from in California's Inland Empire.

Living in an active adult community often includes access to resort-like amenities right on the property. For both expert and novice golfers, it doesn’t get any more convenient than a beautiful on-site golf course. If you're looking to purchase a home and you prefer a community with a golf course, take a look at the list below to discover the five best golf course communities in the popular and affordable Inland Empire area.

1. Sun Lakes Country Club - Banning, CA

High $100s - Mid $400s

This popular, sprawling community boasts affordable home prices and an assortment of world-class amenities set among pristine grounds and rolling hills. Sun Lakes Country Club is well-known for its two 18-hole golf courses, which span 1,000 acres. This gated community is comprised of 3,327 single-family homes, condos, and attached homes, offering a variety of prices, sizes, and home types.

Built between 1987 and 2003, Sun Lakes Country Club is well established, yet many homes offer upgrades and remodeled features. There are 50 floor plans ranging from 850 to 2,627 square feet. Most of these homes are single-level residences, but there are a few two-story models as well.

Golfers will delight in the two private golf courses at Sun Lakes Country Club, offering breathtaking views of the towering San Gorgonio and the San Jacinto Mountains. The 18-hole Sun Lakes Course is a challenging 7,017-yard, par-72 championship course, and the 3,000-yard, par-60 Executive Course is ideal for beginners and casual players. Other on-site amenities include three clubhouses, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, fitness centers, and much more.

Learn more information about Sun Lakes Country Club here.

2. Sun City Apple Valley - Apple Valley, CA

Low $200s - High $300s

Nestled in the warm and sunny desert valley, Sun City Apple Valley is a mid-sized, affordable community with ample amenities. Golfers will appreciate the 27-hole Ashwood Golf Course, a par-65 course ideal for novices and casual weekend players. The course is well-maintained with gorgeous views of the rolling hills and high desert scenery.

This gated, 1,700-home community offers both resale and new homes built by celebrated 55+ builder Del Webb. Built from 2004 to the present, these modern, upgraded homes range from 1,099 to 2,340 square feet with two to three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and a two- or two-and-a-half-car garage.

Aside from the stunning golf course, the amenity list at Sun City Apple Valley is impressive. It includes the community's two clubhouses, a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor pools, a grand ballroom, an arts and crafts studio, and plenty more.

Learn more information about Sun City Apple Valley here.

3. The Colony - Murrieta, CA

Low $300s - High $400s 

This 55+ golf course community is a Southern California oasis, and it's just an hour away from the ocean. The Colony boasts 1,501 upscale single-family homes, built from 1989 to 2005. The long list of amenities here include a fitness center, hobby and craft studios, a grand ballroom, a theater, a library, a beauty salon, an outdoor pool, tennis courts, and much more.

This lovely, gated community offers detached homes in one- and two-story designs. They range from 947 to 2,100 square feet and feature two to three bedrooms and two bathrooms.

Among the standout amenities at The Colony is The Colony Country Club, also known as California Oaks Golf Course—a 5,218-yard, par-70 course that was designed by David A. Rainville. This peaceful, well-maintained course features Bermuda grass fairways, sharp doglegs, and challenging greens. Although it's a public course, residents of The Colony enjoy discounted green fees.

Learn more information about The Colony here.

4. Seven Hills - Hemet, CA

High $100s - Mid $300s

With so many budget-friendly, low-maintenance homes to choose from, it’s no wonder Seven Hills remains such a popular 55+ community in the Inland Empire.

Homes in this friendly community were built between 1970 and 2006, and they feature both attached and single-family plans. The attached homes range from 1,180 1,470 square feet with two or three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. The detached homes range from approximately 1,150 to 2,500 square feet and offer two or three bedrooms, one-and-a-half to three bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage.

A main attraction at Seven Hills is the Seven Hills Golf Club, where residents can play for a low monthly fee. Here, there are 18 holes of walkable golf, a driving range, two putting greens, a chipping green, a practice bunker, and an on-site cafe. Other amenities at Seven Hills include a well-equipped clubhouse, a ballroom, a library, and an outdoor pool and spa.

Learn more information about Seven Hills here.

5. Trilogy at Glen Ivy - Corona, CA

Low $400s - High $700s

Trilogy at Glen Ivy is a newer, upscale 55+ community boasting world-class amenities and modern, spacious homes. With 1,317 attached and single-family homes built from 2001 to 2008, homebuyers can expect modern finishes and upgraded features.

These homes offer 15 floor plans that range from 1,290 to 2,253 square feet, with most homes offering two to four bedrooms and two to three-and-a-half bathrooms. Many homes also feature two- or three-car garages and sweeping views of the golf course or Temescal Canyon.

Golfers will appreciate the stunning 18-hole, par-72 Trilogy Golf Club designed by Ted Robinson Sr. The course offers scenic views and challenging holes. The Nines Restaurant and Bar overlooking the course is a wonderful gathering spot for a meal or a drink after a game. Other amenities at Trilogy at Glen Ivy include a 13,000-square-foot clubhouse and a 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center.

Learn more information about Trilogy at Glen Ivy here.