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If you want a 55+ community that makes it easy to get on the golf course, here's where to look in North Carolina.

Finding a great golf course to play is often at the top of many active adults’ lists of things to do after retiring. Luckily for retirees considering a move to North Carolina, there are plenty of active adult communities that have courses right on the property, making the search for a great course simple and easy. 

Here are four of the best golf course communities in North Carolina to consider. 

Camden Villas at Mid South Club - Southern Pines

Low $300s - High $300s

Located in the small town of Southern Pines, Camden Villas at Mid South is home to two golf clubs — the Mid South Club and Talamore Golf Club. Memberships to the Mid South Club includes access to its 18-hole golf course, practice facilities, locker rooms, and pro shop.

Additionally, Mid South Members will have access to an expansive 25,000 square-foot clubhouse, a members-only lounge, on-site restaurant, outdoor pool and spa, plus, two tennis courts.

The Talamore Golf Club is also an 18-hole course with a practice facility, and a golf pro shop. Memberships to Talamore also include access to a clubhouse, bar and grill, hospitality suite, and outdoor pool and patio. There are also organized golfing clubs within the neighborhood for residents to join and socialize with other golfers.

Kenmure - Flat Rock

Mid $200s - High $1Ms

The gated, mountain community of Kenmure located in Flat Rock is another popular option for golfers who are considering a move to North Carolina. It's home to an 18-hole course that was designed by golf course architect Joe Lee in 1982.

The bent-grass course offers 6,509 yards of golf with a par of 72 and 140 slope rating. Golfers get to take in the picturesque views of the neighborhood’s surrounding mountains while enjoying the cool, fresh air of Western North Carolina.

Along with the impressive course, the community boasts a golf shop with two Class-A PGA instructors on staff to help residents and their guests improve their golf game. The shop also carries the latest in golfing equipment from top-of-the-line clubs and shoes to clothing. 

St. James Plantation - Southport

Low $100s - Low $1Ms

Homeowners have many options when it comes to playing golf at the St. James Plantation community in the charming seaside town of Southport. The gated-neighborhood features over 5,000 homes and four different golf clubs.

Residents can join any or all of the clubs to gain access to their courses, restaurants, and lounges. The Reserve Club has an 18-hole course that was designed by Nicklaus Design and is said to be the hardest of the community’s courses. The club also boasts the Reserve Club Grill and a popular clubhouse that golfers can take advantage of after a day on the links that has a wine room, fire pit, and bar. 

The Founders Club has an 18-hole championship course that was designed by P.B. Dye and features stunning natural surroundings and lake and ponds. In addition to the course, other amenities include a pro sho, six Har-Tru tennis courts, an on-site grille, and outdoor pool. 

St. James Planation’s Members Club has the largest number of holes with a total of 27 and was designed by three-time U.S. Open winner, Hale Irwin. Along with the additional holes, the club features a bar and grille, pro shop, fitness room, sauna, two Har-Tru tennis courts, and an indoor pool.

The community’s Players Club course features 18 holes and stretches to 6,940 yards. Other perks of being a member of the Players Club include a fitness center, outdoor pool, and two Har-Tru tennis courts.

The Golf Villas at Hasentree - Wake Forest

High $400s - High $600s

Homeowners at The Golf Villas at Hasentree community don’t have to go too far to spend a leisurely day on the links with the neighborhood’s 18-hole course and clubhouse situated within just a short walking distance.

The course was designed by golf course architect, Tom Fazio. It’s a par-71 course and stretches to 7,074 yards. Membership also includes access to 14 different country clubs across the nation, a pro shop, locker rooms, and clubhouse that features a full restaurant, bar, and cafe.

Every Friday night residents can take advantage of the community organized “Golf With The Pros” to up their game and get in some extra practice. The course also offers several different golfing leagues for residents to join and play against each other for a little friendly competition.