Florida is known as the Sunshine State, but it might as well be called the Golf State since it has more courses than any other state in the country. With more than 1,100 courses, Floridians play tens of millions of rounds every year.
The number of golf courses in West Palm Beach tops out at more than 160, both public and private. Some of these private courses are located within active adult communities, offering the resort lifestyle that residents enjoy.
There are many benefits to living in a golf course community. Golf course communities are known for lush, green scenery because the homeowners’ associations (HOAs) maintain the courses and property landscaping. The resale values can be impressive too since golf course communities are so desirable. They also have amenities like clubhouses, swimming pools, restaurants, fitness centers, and lifestyle groups.
If you aren’t familiar with the prestigious West Palm Beach area, it’s in Palm Beach County in Southeastern Florida. Besides West Palm, some of its largest cities include Boynton Beach, Palm Springs, and Delray Beach. It’s called the “Golf Capital of the World” because of the numerous courses, but those lucky enough to live here also take advantage of the sunny beaches, water sports, countless restaurants, and world-class shopping.
Imagine living in a West Palm Beach community with its own course and also being able to golf elsewhere and enjoy all the offerings this area has. Here are three properties with golf courses in West Palm Beach that have all of these opportunities and more.
Mid $200s - $6M+
Located about 15 minutes from Downtown West Palm Beach, the elegant Ibis Golf And Country Club has everything that active adult golf lovers want in retirement living. Although it’s not age-restricted, it has amenities geared for active adults, a property owners’ association (POA), and several homeowners’ associations. These organizations take care of landscaping, maintenance, and other tedious chores for residents.
This gated master-planned community is perfectly situated by Grassy Waters Preserve and has 33 separate neighborhoods, each with its own HOA. Builders broke ground here in 1991, and when complete, there will be a total of 1,864 new and resale condos, attached homes, and single-family homes.
Homes in this community offer two to seven bedrooms. The spacious condos are sized from 1,964 to 2,830 square feet, and the attached homes range from 1,336 to 2,680 square feet. The single-family floor plans range from 1,460 to 10,751 square feet. Ibis’s largest home models have up to six-and-a-half bathrooms and four-car garages. You can find features like dens, electric blinds, fire pits, and updated appliances in these beautifully crafted one- and two-story homes.
Serving as the centerpiece of the community, Ibis has three 18-hole, Nicklaus family-designed courses: The Legend, The Heritage, and The Tradition. There are also five onsite restaurants and a 70,000-square-foot clubhouse with a fitness center, a day spa, and a ballroom. There are also short game areas, a driving range, pickleball courts, tennis courts, and three outdoor pools.
Also, as you would expect, Ibis has several golfing groups, but the long list of clubs and activities also includes exercise classes, a gardening club, a fishing club, and painting classes.
Mid $100s - Mid $300s
The second community with golf courses in West Palm Beach is Cypress Lakes West Palm Beach. It’s surprisingly affordable and just seven miles from the downtown area. Completed in 2007, this age-restricted, gated property has 900 resale attached and single-family homes and an 18-hole golf course. Its other dynamic amenities include a welcoming clubhouse, a fitness center, an outdoor pool, tennis and bocce ball courts, plus a mini golf course.
The attached homes in this community offer 949 to 1,675 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two-car garages. Look for features like master suites with en-suite bathrooms, enclosed Florida rooms, patios, and porches when touring these comfortable, well-built homes. The reasonable HOA fees take care of your lawn, common area maintenance, cable, internet, and security.
Homeowners who live here don’t have to drive far to run their errands, since there’s a Whole Foods, Costco, Publix, CVS, and the Palm Beach Outlets just minutes away from this 55+ community. The closest medical facilities are Good Samaritan, HCA Florida JFK North Hospital, and Habitat Health Center.
High $100s - High $200s
With its lower price point and onsite, 18-hole championship golf course, Emerald Dunes offers great value in the competitive West Palm Beach real estate market. It was built from 2006 to 2008 and has 688 resale condo and attached homes.
This community is an optimal choice for homebuyers hoping to downsize. And since the HOA fees cover maintenance and landscaping, you’ll have more time to spend at the golf course, tennis courts, fitness center, and swimming pools. There are two private clubhouses, three outdoor pools, and a lovely restaurant within the community.
The Tom Fazio-designed golf course has long fairways, lush greens, and deep bunkers to make your games challenging and exciting. And if you need extra practice, stop by the “19th hole,” putting green, and driving range.
Emerald Dunes has three subdivisions: The Villas, The Links, and Ventura Greens. The smallest one-bedroom, one-bath condo offers 745 square feet, and the largest attached home provides 1,002 square feet with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half to four bathrooms, and a one-car garage. Upgrades may include large tile floors, granite countertops, hurricane-impact windows, and extended garage space.
Emerald Dunes is 10 minutes from Cypress Lakes West Palm Beach, so residents have access to the same shopping centers and medical facilities. Without traffic, it takes less than half an hour to get to beaches like Palm Beach Shores, but ones like Riviera Beach are closer. Other nearby attractions include The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, the Norton Museum of Art, and Tanger Outlets Palm Beach.