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Post Date: Jan 03, 2022

9 of the Best Places for Golfers to Retire in Florida

Florida will not be dethroned any time soon as the number one state for golf courses. As a literal golfer's paradise, the state boasts over 1,200 golf courses. The finest courses are the centerpieces of private golf communities focused on luxury living.

Narrowing down exactly where you plan to retire requires some research. When comparing golf communities, you could run into choice overload. Private golf communities in Florida are abundant. This list presents some of the most stunning places where you can retire and embrace a golfing lifestyle.

1. Bella Collina in Montverde (Orlando area)

With your retirement at hand, you've earned your chance to develop your golf game. At the private golf community of Bella Collina, you can refine your game at the Golf Academy. Instructors provide individual attention and know how to train and coach golfers of any skill level.

You can practice your skills on the club's premier course designed by Sir Nick Faldo. The hilly location of Bella Collina provides a slightly different setting from other golf courses in Florida. The designer skillfully integrated elevation changes into the layout of the course.

The nearby waters of Lake Apopka and Lake Siena complement the brilliant green hills of Central Florida. The idyllic landscape offers a relaxing place to live in quiet luxury, but the excitement of Orlando and Walt Disney World is only 30 minutes away.

These are some of the amenities at your fingertips when living at Bella Collina:

  • Clubhouse
  • Fitness center
  • Pro shop
  • Golf academy
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Walking and biking trails
  • Wedding and events venue
  • Fishing and boating

Bella Collina has a variety of luxury real estate options for you to consider, including move-in-ready homes, condominiums, and custom homes.

2. Hammock Dunes in Palm Coast

This community in Northeast Florida keeps you close to airports and major attractions like the Kennedy Space Center. Of course, the wonderful golfing within the community might keep you home.

Residents have access to two golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and Rees Jones. The lush bird habitat incorporated into the courses has earned them Audubon certification.

The community includes a mix of villas, condos, carriage homes, and rentals. New construction is an option as well with ocean-view home sites.

Beyond golf, the community offers:

  • Clubhouse
  • Dining
  • Croquet
  • Swimming
  • Full-service pro shop
  • Tennis
  • Fitness center

3. Grand Harbor in Vero Beach

On Florida's Treasure Coast, Grand Harbor offers you a selection of single-family homes and condominiums. Some properties face the marina or river, while others view the golf courses.

This gated community includes two golf courses with reputations for challenging play. Like many communities in Florida, designers have artfully blended the golf courses and residential areas with the beautiful natural environment.

Residents have access to white beaches and boating on the river or ocean. The nearby town of Vero Beach serves as a regional cultural center with arts, sports, and educational opportunities.

4. Addison Reserve Country Club in Delray Beach

This country club's reputation for excellence goes beyond Florida. It enjoys a national and international reputation as a premier private golf community.

Subtropical vegetation creates a serene environment in the 653-acre community. Three championship golf courses have been placed among small lakes and over 700 single-family homes.

Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial architecture inspired the home builders. Different subdivisions reflect different building styles. The result is an attractive community with more character than homogeneity.

5. Bonita Bay Club West in Bonita Springs

You can find a good selection of golf properties at this location between Fort Myers and Naples. Real estate options include:

Custom golf homes

Coach homes

Waterfront condominiums

Golf villas

Golfing at Bonita Bay will give you every opportunity to improve your game. Multiple courses provide experiences defined by different land features and elevation changes. You'll navigate water hazards and sand traps amid gorgeous old groves of cypress and oak.

If you love golf but like to play other games, this private club offers everything necessary for an active lifestyle. The community's 56 neighborhoods have access to:

  • 5 championship golf courses
  • Tennis
  • Croquet
  • Pickleball
  • Walking and biking trails
  • Marina
  • Swimming

6. Lakewood Ranch & Country Club in Lakewood Ranch

Not far from Sarasota on the Gulf Coast, this family-oriented community is a place that strives to have every amenity. The private community won the Best Golf Community award from Ideal Living in 2018. At Lakewood Ranch, residents and members enjoy:

  • 3 golf courses designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Company
  • Golf academy
  • 2 clubhouses
  • Tennis courts
  • Bocce ball
  • Croquet
  • Heated pools
  • Fitness center

7. PGA Village Verano in Port Saint Lucie

Enthusiasm for professional golf is at the heart of this community. The Verano housing development adjacent to the PGA Golf Club offers move-in ready or ready-to-build homes with golf courses, water, or landscape views. A 55+ neighborhood is available.

Active residents can enjoy the community:

  • Fitness center
  • Yoga room
  • Swimming
  • Sauna

The proximity of PGA Village Verano to the PGA Village brings a wealth of golfing options. PGA Village is a top destination for professional golfers and contains three golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.

8. Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club in Ocala

Horse owners and golfers don't have to compromise at this prestigious gated community. Equestrians can ride the property's trails, and golfers can spend their days on a championship 18-hole course designed by Ron Garl.

As you know, golf can play a significant role in socializing and networking. A sprawling clubhouse provides full-service dining and banquet facilities and a golf shop.

Homes within the 1,150-acre community range in size from about 2,000 to 6,000 square feet. The community is actively expanding with new construction that also includes townhomes.

9. Vineyards in Naples

Established in the 1980s, the Vineyards has expanded to contain over 2,000 luxury homes. As you search for a new place to live in retirement, you can choose from new properties and resale homes or condominiums.

Golf is central to the lives of most residents who choose this community because of its two 18-hole golf courses. All skill levels are welcome on the courses that wind their way across 150 acres.

Popular amenities within the community are:

  • Pro shop
  • Short game facility
  • 24-station driving range
  • Clubhouse
  • Tennis

Live Your Best Life in Florida

Florida offers golfers the best of all worlds. From fabulous weather to beautiful homes overlooking stunning courses, you won’t even have to leave your neighborhood to enjoy a round of golf whenever you like.

You’ll find this life at Bella Collina. Centrally located in Florida, Bella Collina is a luxury gated community that offers you the perfect place to retire and enjoy the game of golf. We’ve got everything you need teed up, so contact us today to learn more.

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