Why Live in a Golf Community?

By Jim Sullivan 

According to the the National Golf Foundation approximately 3.7 million or 15 percent of all golfers are permanent residents of a golf course community.

Many people falsely assume that golf community residents are mostly retirees when, in fact, many families are choosing golf real estate communities as their primary residence.

It's not just having a "championship" caliber golf course designed by a well known architect that is the main reason why people choose to purchase or build a home in a golf real estate development (although I'm sure for many avid golfers this is the primary reason). For many of today's buyers, it is the golf culture and lifestyle enabling amenities that define the total "community" as a place to live, as well as play, that influences their choice of a particular community to call home. In addition to on-site features and amenities, families also assess other "quality of life" factors such as the local school systems, access to health care facilities, security, master planning, social and outdoor activities, location and climate when choosing a golf community.

Golf course real estate community developers realize that living in a golf course community is very appealing to many people, not just golfers. Traditionally, tennis and swimming have been the other activities offered to residents. These days, you'll find equestrian centers, fishing and/or shooting clubs, marinas and spa facilities being featured in many communities. Some developers are combining resorts with private communities and allowing the residents access to the resort amenities, such as fine dining and shopping.

If you're searching for a new home in a "nice neighborhood" you should consider looking at golf communities. Who knows, you might even take up golf.


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