Aerial view of an Arizona golf course with mountains in background

If you want to spend your retirement on the fairway, check out these golf communities in Southern Arizona. 

Southern Arizona is filled with golf courses, and some of the best active adult communities have their own courses. With over 300 golf courses throughout Arizona, you’re never far from a green, but for dedicated golf enthusiasts, it’s even better if you can drive your golf cart from your front door to the course. If you like to play a few times a week, you’ll save money on gas too.

Southern Arizona has the ideal climate if you want to live in a community with a golf course. In Northern Arizona, you'll get periods in winter when you won’t be able to play, but Central Arizona and Southern Arizona both have milder winters. In the heat of summer, many golfers play early in the mornings before the heat builds up. This is another advantage of living close to the course.

Central Arizona tends to be more expensive because of the popularity of the upscale resorts around Phoenix and especially Scottsdale, so a golf course community in Southern Arizona will definitely give the best value. Here are some of the communities which have their own courses. 

1. SaddleBrooke Ranch - Oracle, AZ

Low $300s - High $800s

SaddleBrooke Ranch is the largest of the active adult communities in Southern Arizona to have its own 18-hole course, a driving range, and a pro shop. The SaddleBrooke Ranch Golf Club is situated on an elevated mesa, giving outstanding views of both the desert and the nearby Santa Catalina Mountains. 

This gated community for the 40+ active adult has 5,400 single-family homes, and it's in Oracle, a small community of a few thousand people that’s a 45-minute drive north of Tucson. It’s a community for those who enjoy outdoor living rather than city life, with places like the Catalina State Park and Coronado National Forest about a 20-minute drive away. 

In addition to the golf course, this large community has many other amenities for residents. There’s a choice of eateries, an on-site brewery, indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, a fitness center, and a dedicated Creative Arts and Technology Center with several arts and crafts studios as well as a computer lab. There are also tennis courts and 24 pickleball courts.

There are numerous models to choose from at SaddleBrooke Ranch. The smallest are villas offering 1,404 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage (which is perfect if you have one car and a golf cart). The largest models are estate homes of over 3,000 square feet with three bedrooms, a den, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage.

Learn more information about SaddleBrooke Ranch here.

2. SaddleBrooke - Tucson, AZ

High $100s - High $900s

SaddleBrooke is very much a golfing community with two 18-hole courses, and both offer picturesque mountain views. In fact, one is called the MountainView Golf Club, and this one has a driving range and a pro shop, while The Preserve Golf Club has a driving range, a pro shop, and a putting area.

SaddleBrooke has 4,589 attached and single-family homes for the 40+ active adult. It’s about a 10-minute drive south of Saddlebrooke Ranch, and it's a little closer to Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Other amenities here include a 478-seat performing arts theater, a fitness center, three outdoor pools, a bistro, studios for various arts and crafts, and courts for tennis, badminton, basketball, and volleyball.

There are many models here. The smallest homes offer 1,335 square feet, one bedroom, a den, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. The largest homes are almost 3,500 square feet with up to four bedrooms, a den, three-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage.

Learn more information about SaddleBrooke here.

3. Quail Creek - Green Valley, AZ

High $100s - High $500s

Quail Creek is a popular choice for golfers in Green Valley. The Quail Creek Golf Club has 27 holes as well as a driving range, a pro shop, and the Grill at Quail Creek. It’s roughly a 15-minute drive from the main shopping and restaurant areas of Green Valley, and the nearest city is Tucson, a 30-minute drive due north on Interstate 19.

In addition to the golf club, Quail Creek’s amenities include a clubhouse with a ballroom; an athletics club with a fitness center, two pools, multipurpose rooms, and sports courts; and a Creative Arts and Technology Center with several studios for arts and crafts as well as a computer lab. There are also two other pools, a spa, more tennis and bocce courts, and a pickleball complex.

The smallest homes at Quail Creek are villas with 1,286 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an attached two-car garage. There are a number of models and configurations, going up to the largest single-family homes which are 2,695 square feet. These have two bedrooms, a den, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a three-car garage.

Learn more information about Quail Creek here.

4. Sun City Oro Valley - Oro Valley, AZ

Low $200s - Mid $400s

Sun City Oro Valley has its own golf course, The Views Golf Club at Oro Valley, which also has a driving range and views of the nearby mountains. North of Tucson and a 30-minute drive away from Downtown Tucson, Oro Valley is a town of about 45,000 people. The outdoor activities of Catalina State Park are a 5-minute drive away.

Sun City Oro Valley is a community for the 45+ active adult, and it has 2,488 attached and single-family homes. Its other amenities include an Artisan Center for arts and crafts and a fitness center which offers two outdoor pools, an auditorium, eight tennis courts, and a Mini Golf course. 

There are numerous models available with the smallest offering 1,000 square feet, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a two-car garage. The largest homes are 2,665 square feet with three bedrooms, a den, three bathrooms, and a two-and-a-half-car garage. 

Learn more information about Sun City at Oro Valley here.