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Playing Private Golf For many of us who love the game of golf the first step we take to playing more is to join a private country club. Private club membership gives us an opportunity to grow friendships within a community of other players who are passionate about the game. Private clubs offer amenities not available to public golfers by providing its members with a host of benefits including onsite practice facilities, personalize instruction and competitive tournaments. Private golf clubs also are great places to build relationships through social engagement that can last a lifetime.

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For many years, private golf was unattainable for most people who loved and played the game. Today private golf courses throughout New England and the country are not only attainable but in many cases a far better deal for the avid player. With so many players in the game at every level, public golf facilities have become more crowded and preferred tee times are hard to come by. In todays private club market, even the most exclusive facilities are offering great flexible membership options to fit the needs of everyone who would like to become a member. Putting it simply, there has never been a better time in the history of the game to become a member at a private country club. If you play golf and love the game, it’s a great time to visit a private club and review your options.

Joining a Private Club The first and most obvious consideration when choosing a club is location. The closer your club is to your home the more likely you are to use it frequently. Next take the time to visit clubs in your area and see what new member programs they are offering. Lastly and most importantly, play the course, review the facilities and if possible interact with some members to see if the facility fits your needs.

fair3Golf Course Living For many of us the ultimate in the game today is to live where you play. A home on a golf course combines private golf course membership with the lifestyle of living in a golf course community. Golf courses encompass hundreds of acres of open space in park like settings offering extensive living amenities and accessible open space for recreation and enjoyment.

Golf Course Living, once mostly viewed as retirement living, has now evolved to lifetime living. Why wait until retirement to enjoy the ultimate living experience? What better place to live, raise a family and enjoy life, than in a private golf course community. In the U.S. today, golf and recreational features are high on the list of homebuyers as key amenities they want in a new home.

In the past it was very common to have new homes built around golf courses creating quality living communities adjacent to courses. Real estate values bordering some of New England’s most prestigious golf courses hold some of the highest real estate values in the market today. Golf course communities today offer gated and secure environments to live and raise a family. Residents enjoy a very high quality of life surrounded by vast open space and a host of activities. With time being our most precious resource, having it all right in your own back yard is a huge advantage. The new home market in New England is brisk with rising prices. A golf course home may be much more attainable for many buyers especially those choosing to build custom designed homes.

There are many of us who choose a second home on a golf course in the southern states to escape New England winters. For others living on a golf course and seeing all four seasons in New England is the ultimate living experience. For those fortunate enough to have the resources, having two homes is great. Like every journey in life, it begins with first step. Visiting properties that fit your own personal choices in any market will allow you to see first hand what each facility has to offer.

fair4If you have dreamed about living on a golf course, today’s market conditions are very advantageous whether it be a first or second home. Mid to high end golf course facilities hold the best opportunities for across the board equity gains in 5-year projections. Amenity rich developments are high on the list of buyers who are looking for well-planned communities to fit into their active lifestyles and golf is very high on that list.

New construction of custom homes and existing homes over 2500 sq. ft. in some of the most sought after regions will see the largest value gains as the market trends upward. This market presents obvious opportunity for buyers right now. In addition, a new trend in golf course communities is smaller and more efficient designed custom homes. Many buyers are choosing quality over quantity when it comes to first and second homes, bigger is not always better.

How to Begin Buying a first or second home in a golf course community is not much different than buying a home in a specific town or neighborhood. You will want to visit the facility, get a tour, look at various home styles and get information on amenities and community fees and cost. Here are a few suggestions on some Northeast and Southern communities that may help you get started.fair6

The Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA At The Bay Club in Mattapoisett, MA one of New England’s most prestigious golf course communities home-sites are available from $200K – $400K and complete custom homes at just $600K. The Bay Club offers an unprecedented gated community with a full range of activities and amenities from championship golf to fitness and much more The Bay Club is well-kept secret that is fast getting out in the luxury home markets south of Boston. For info bayclubmatt.com

fair7The Preserve at The Bay Club, Mattapoisett, MA The Preserve is a luxurious residential country club community located within the Bay Club Mattapoisett. 36 Nantucket style designed residences are nestled alongside of Tinkham Forest and The Bay’s Nature Preserve. Homes feature 1850 sq. ft. to 2115 sq. ft. of modern living space with deluxe amenities within the confines of a private gated community. Homeowner also have access to all of The Bay Clubs amenities.

For info thepreserveatbayclub.com

fair8Willowbend, Cape Cod Just 75 minutes south of Boston and a few short miles from the iconic beaches of Cape Cod, you’ll find the Willowbend community. Willowbend has a nationally recognized golf course, stunning clubhouse, world-class fitness and tennis facilities and beautifully landscaped grounds. For for over 20 years, Willowbend has offered the best of New England golf course living and lifestyle. For info southworthdevelopment.com

Turner Hill, Ipswich, MA Turner Hill is one of the finest estate communities on Boston’s North Shore. Located in Ipswich, Massachusetts with a grand Elizabethan mansion at its center, Turner Hill is where New England charm meets English style. The entire community is over 300 acres and is distinguished by a highly acclaimed championship golf course, restaurants, recreational activities and a 120 planned residences. For Info turnerhill.com

fair9Pine Hills, Plymouth, Massachusetts More than 3,174 acres comprising the world’s third largest pine ecosystem is the landscape for Pine Hills in Plymouth.This is a very large development but more than 70% of the land has been set aside to serve as natural areas and recreational open space. Two exceptional public golf courses, one by Rees Jones, the other by Nicklaus Design are rated in the Top Ten Courses you can play by GolfWeek. Next door the private Old Sandwich Golf Club by Coore & Grenshaw ranked 38th in the country and 60th in the world, offers another option for Pine Hills’ residents. For info Pinehills.com

fair10White Cliffs, Plymouth, MA If you are looking for a value based golf course community then White Cliffs in Plymouth, MA is a great waterfront community that is an affordable popular choice on the South Shore. Condos are both on the golf course and have beautiful water views of Cape Cod Bay along the South Shore. For info Gormanassociates.net

fair11The Villas at Pleasant Valley, Sutton, MA In Sutton, MA the Villas at Pleasant Valley offer unsurpassed golf course living on a championship 18 hole golf course. Luxurious condominium homes from 2500-3500 sq ft are designed with opulent style and design to provide privacy and well-planned buffer zones. Eight models offer diversity in both design and living options. Located just 25 minutes west of Boston. For info villaspv.com

Homes at Old Marsh, Wells, ME Where you can live the life you’ve been dreaming of at unprecedented prices! Savor the Seacoast lifestyle while experiencing championship golf at Old Marsh which was designed by Brian Silva. Quality built new homes offer premium finishes, energy efficiency and open concept floor plans with prices for three-bedroom single family homes starting at just $339,900. Exceptional living at exceptional prices is yours at the Homes at Old Marsh. For info oldmarshwells.com

Highland Green, Topsham, Maine Sprawling over 650 acres, Highland Green in Topsham is Maine’s first adult resort, a community where great emphasis is placed on celebrating the beauty of the land and wildlife. 230 acres have been set aside as a preserve and there is a 35-acre Heath Sanctuary, a haven for birds. According to former Golf Magazine editor and New York Times best-selling author Jim Dodson, the course is “perhaps the best nine-hole shot maker’s course in New England.” For info Highlandgreenlifestyle.com

Quechee Lakes, Quechee, VT Located just north of Lebanon, Quechee Lakes is a 5,500-acre treasure trove for those who like to play golf, cast for trout and bass in the pools of the Ottaquechee River and enjoy nature. Quechee Lakes residents get to play two superb courses designed by Geoffrey Cornish, one of New England’s most revered designers. More than 600 single-family homes and condominium villages are nestled into the hills along the River. For info Quecheelakes.com

fair12The Preserve at Bolder Hills, Rhode Island An exclusive 4 season sporting club in Wyoming, RI located 1 hour from Boston and Hartford and only 2.5 hours to New York City. The club offers unique membership and homeownership opportunities to select buyers interested in a one of a kind facility. One of New England’s fair14most pristine properties located on almost 800 acres of land in South County Rhode Island. Home prices begin at $699,900 for information contact the Preserve at thepreserveRI.com

fair15The Carnegie Abbey Club, Portsmouth, Rhode Island The Carnegie Abbey Club celebrates grand living within view of Narragansett Bay. Close to Newport with its extraordinary yachts and estates once the summer pads of America’s first families like the Vanderbilts and the Astors, this is the place where “Cottage” is an understatement —where gilded mansions like The Breakers and Miramar were once called “cottages.” For info Carnegienewport.com

fair16The Residences at Fox Hopyard, East Haddam, Connecticut The Residences at Fox Hopyard, a new golf community on 230 acres of meadows and forests in East Haddam is highlighted by a superb golf course designed by Roger Rulewich. More than 50 home sites are clustered in small cul-de-sac neighborhoods ducking in, out and around the fairways and woods. For info Foxhopyardhomes.com

The Greens at Gillette Ridge, Bloomfield, Connecticut Gillette Ridge Golf Club, the only Palmer Design Company course in Connecticut, is a fitting backdrop for The Greens at Gillette Ridge located off Route 218 in Bloomfield.

Approximately 165 townhomes, single-family ranch and first floor master bedroom homes averaging 1,700 to 3,500 square feet, make up the mix. They also offer special events and golf privileges at a number of other courses. For info gilletteridgehomes.com

fair17Heritage Village, Southbury, Connecticut Heritage Village is a peaceful, amenity-filled community of more than 2,580 condominiums located on 1,000 acres in historic Southbury between Manhattan and Boston. Golfers covet both an 18-hole golf course designed by Al Zikorus as well as, a challenging 9-hole golf course with an option of joining one or both. One, two and three-bedroom condominiums dot the landscape in small groups giving a unique sense of community. For info Heritagevillage.org

Village at Crystal Springs, Hamburg, New Jersey The New Jersey Highlands about 47 miles from The Big Apple is home for those living in Crystal Springs where a full service resort, ongoing activities and seven courses is like being on a perpetual vacation. Homes include single-family residences, townhomes, condominiums, golf villas and luxury estates. fair18Additional recreational facilities include a tennis center, water park, hiking and biking along a network of trails, mountain bike park, Oxbow Stables and two spas. For info Crystalgolfresort.com

fair19Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA In the south there are great choices in Florida, the Carolina’s and Georgia that offer endless choices in all price points. The Robb Report named Reynolds Plantation the “Best of the Best” Golf Community. Reynolds Plantation is located between Augusta and Atlanta, and situated on 19,000 acres along 374 miles of shoreline on Lake Oconee. For info reynoldsplantation.com

PGA Village Verano, Port St. Lucie, FL Planned and imagined by Kolter Homes, PGA Village Verano is an all-inclusive, full-service, luxury resort-style community featuring Club Verano which offers all of the facilities and amenities of your dreams. Life at PGA Village Verano will include stunning championship fair20golf and a fully equipped wellness center offering classes and programs in an imaginative range of athletic and learning activities, special interest clubs and lifelong learning programs. For info pgavillage.com

fair21The Abaco Club On Winding Bay, The Bahamas The Abaco Club on Winding Bay was created to be a rare kind of community: a tropical paradise where club members, homeowners and visitors can escape the rigors of everyday life and relax, recreate, and rejuvenate in a setting so beautiful as to defy description. A true sporting club, The Abaco Club offers a world of wonders including the #1 golf course in The Bahamas, a spa and fitness facility, water sports, tennis courts, gourmet dining and much more for info theabacoclub.com southworthdevelopment.com.

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