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In many cases, it’s much more desirable to purchase a permanent home, or at least a vacation home, in these resort-like communities to have the opportunity to live the ultimate golf lifestyle on a more regular basis. The days of the pretentious and stuffy country clubs are largely behind us, and these communities today allow for a sophisticated, yet light-hearted way of life. The social aspects combined with the first-class dining, impeccable service, attention to detail, world-class golf, and a host of additional sport and leisure activities make today’s residential golf communities very much in-demand.
CORDILLERA RANCH | Boerne, Texas | http://www.cordilleraranch.com
Cordillera Ranch is perfect for someone who enjoys being in typical Texas nature, while having access to luxurious amenities and the club atmosphere. An expansive 8,700-acre master-planned residential community, Cordillera Ranch is located north of San Antonio in the Texas Hill Country. With recreational activities at your fingertips, it boasts villa and multi-acre estate options that include views of the valley or golf course; Guadalupe River frontage; and hilltop home sites. With seven clubs within this gated community, whether for a permanent, or vacation residence, you will never find yourself bored.
To refer to this as a picturesque golf course does not begin to do the Jack Nicklaus Signature Course justice. A thrilling experience among every twist and turn this course throws at you, you’ll quickly understand the desire by so many to call Cordillera Ranch home. Clubs galore, your days can include time at the Golf Club, Tennis Club, Equestrian Club, Rod and Gun Club, Spa and Athletic Club, River Club or simply the Social Club at the 45,000 square foot clubhouse. Yes, everything in Texas is bigger, and Cordillera Ranch is no exception. There are currently homes available between $200,000 and $4.2 million.
OLD PALM GOLF CLUB | Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
While the Palm Beach area continues to attract many seeking that relaxed Palm Beach mentality, the Old Palm Golf Club delivers on multiple levels, while providing over-the-top services and amenities to their members. Located in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens, you’re within minutes of an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment options to satisfy any Floridian. Those arriving by private jet enjoy the very close proximity to the North County General Aviation Airport, and for those flying commercial, the Palm Beach International Airport is also very convenient.
For me, the Clubhouse provides the perfect blend of refined grandeur and approachable intimacy. The poolside cabanas are perfect for taking advantage of the amazing weather, and the members rave about the in-house concierge service and the casitas available for overnight guest accommodations. With so many offerings, it difficult to tear away to play golf, but the Raymond Floyd Signature championship course and on-property Golf Studio showcase the level of class found at Old Palm Golf Club. Being developed by one of the area’s leading real estate investment firms, the new estates are available for prices ranging between $1.3 to $15 million.
SADDLE CREEK | Copperopolis, California | http://www.saddlecreek.com
With so many golf opportunities in Southern California, Saddle Creek provides the northern Californian alternative, being situated in the rolling foothills of the Central Sierra region just two hours from the Bay Area and a little less than that to Sacramento. A much more relaxed atmosphere than most golf communities today, Saddle Creek will quickly charm their way into your heart with an unmatched level of hospitality. The town of Copperopolis and the Town Square are a modern take on the country town from the gold rush era. Copperopolis Town Square is the pedestrian-friendly hub of boutiques, specialty shops and eateries.
The collection of shimmering lakes, native trees, indigenous grasses and the mere 100 bunkers provides a challenging, thought-provoking experience from tee to green when attacking the flagsticks at Saddle Creek. Membership is a very affordable option, but not required by the residents. Guests have the opportunity to take advantage of the well-appointed bungalows within a few steps of the golf course and Lodge. There is a beautiful collection of homes available here, which includes custom and semi-custom homes, but the major advantage here are the lots still available for under $200,000 that allows for the custom home of your dreams.