Sunset view of the golf course at Kissing Tree in San Marcos, Texas

Golf enthusiasts seeking a Texas retirement should consider these picturesque golf communities near Austin. 

With plenty of rolling hills, serene lakes, and billowing prairie grass, Austin, Texas offers a picturesque backdrop for golf. This city in the heart of the Texas Hill Country has even been named “The Best Golf City in America” by GOLF Magazine.

If you’re an avid golfer in Austin, you can enjoy your game on multiple courses. You can also choose to reside in a community with its own golf course. The Austin area is home to three golf course communities that allow golf enthusiasts to enjoy some of the city’s finest courses right in their own neighborhood.

Read on to explore some of the best golf course communities near Austin.

1. Sun City Texas - Georgetown, TX

High $100s - Low $1Ms

Whether you’re looking for new or resale Austin homes for sale, you can choose from a broad mix at Sun City Texas. Containing 9,900 homes and three championship, 18-hole golf courses, this 55+ community is the largest active adult community in Texas.

Legacy Hills is ranked among Texas’ best golf courses. Residents can also enjoy the White Wing course and the newly opened Cowan Creek course, each offering its own unique set of challenges. Additional amenities include a 20,000-square-foot fitness center, several aerobics and dance studios, an indoor lap pool and spa, a computer lab, a billiards room, and a library. Homeowners who enjoy learning new things can participate in Senior University, which partners with Georgetown’s Southwestern University to offer continuing education classes to residents.

Started in 1995 by Del Webb, Sun City Texas offers abundant options for active adult homebuyers. Single-family and attached duplex homes range from 940 to more than 3,000 square feet. Some homes offer golf course views while many homes feature custom outdoor living space, spa-like bathrooms, and gourmet kitchens.

Homeowners can enjoy peace of mind knowing they have everything they need right in their neighborhood. The community contains a church in addition to a fire station with an ambulance. Sun City Texas is also located near an array of shopping and dining destinations. Those who enjoy fishing and boating can easily access Lake Georgetown, which is only three miles away.

Learn more information about Sun City Texas here.

2. Kissing Tree - San Marcos, TX

Low $300s - Low $500s

Residents of Kissing Tree in San Marcos have a robust array of amenities at their fingertips, including an 18-hole putting course, a semi-private 18-hole golf course, and a golf clubhouse restaurant. This 55+ community stands out as one of the best places to retire in Texas for active adults who crave excitement.

The community contains a variety of unique amenities, including an indoor/outdoor bar, a biergarten, a demonstration kitchen, a live-music stage, a food truck, fire pits, and a community classroom. Residents can participate in more than 100 clubs and meet neighbors at game nights, luncheons, and happy hours. An on-site activities director ensures there’s always something fun on the calendar.

When it comes to homes for sale, Kissing Tree offers 18 floor plans from Brookfield Residential. Upon completion, this active lifestyle community will contain 3,200 homes that range from 1,424 to 3,398 square feet. Active adult homebuyers can customize their home with options such as casitas, outdoor living spaces, and gourmet kitchens. The community is conveniently located halfway between San Antonio and Austin, putting residents within a 45-minute drive of both cities.

Learn more information about Kissing Tree here.

3. Gardens at Tera Vista - Round Rock, TX

Mid $300s - High $300s

Located within the master-planned golf course community of Tera Vista, Gardens at Tera Vista is an active lifestyle community containing 81 detached garden homes. Golf enthusiasts don’t have to leave their community to enjoy tee time—Gardens at Tera Vista is home to an 18-hole championship course, a pro shop, and the Caldwell Café. Residents can also enjoy other sports and pastimes, including volleyball, tennis, and basketball. The Retreat features an outdoor pool and patio area.

Started in 2012 by Spicewood Communities, Gardens at Teravista offers active adult homebuyers low-maintenance homes ranging from 1,432 to 2,750 square feet. Homes are available in eight floor plans with private fenced-in courtyards, stainless-steel Whirlpool appliances, nine-foot ceilings, kitchen islands, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and tile flooring.

A homeowners’ association takes care of landscaping and exterior home maintenance, giving residents more time to enjoy the community’s events and amenities. Some popular events include bridge, bingo, wine tasting, poker, quilting, and cookoffs.

Learn more information about Gardens at Tera Vista here.