Georgia & Florida’s Most Popular Destinations

This month in Golf Course Living we are going to take a look at a few communities in Georgia and Florida. While Florida has been the staple for golf course homes over the last 30 years with its warm winters and beautiful beach communities, Georgia is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for retirees and second home buyers. Georgia offers seashore, mountain and lakefront golf course homes at a variety of price points and styles and unlike Florida, you will get a taste of the seasons much like the Northeast. There are hundreds of choices in these two southern states to choose from, let’s take a look at just a few.

A Taste of The Good Life

Living in a golf club community is a dream for many people, especially if you enjoy spending your days on the links. Of course, playing a round of golf whenever you want isn’t the only benefit homeowners receive from living in a community with a stellar golf course. There are many reasons prospective homeowners are seeking a golf course home address for their second home or retirement residence.

A Longer Healthier Life 

Did you know that playing golf can add up to five years to the average life expectancy? After studying over 300,000 golfers, The Karolinska Institute in Sweden found that the mortality rate for golfers is a remarkable 40 percent lower than for those of the same age and socio-economic status. As if the scenic surroundings weren’t enough, having a house on a golf course can also lead to a longer life! 

A More Relaxed Environment

When you live in a pristine golf course community it is very much like living in a sanctuary or park. Gently rolling greens, families of mature trees, ponds, lakes, fountains, and the occasional wildlife sightings welcome you on a daily basis. Plus, with advancements in golf course design, sustainable maintenance and management practices, course communities offer a safe natural environment to live and enjoy your surroundings. 

Long-Term Sound Investments

study by the Longitudes Group, a company that specializes in the role sports play in real estate decisions, found that homeowners who live in some of the best golf communities are faring extremely well in the homeowners market these days. The study also showed that golf course communities often hold their value better than other properties. Living on a golf course comes with many benefits, and knowing your home’s property value gets a lift on the fairways is one of the best benefits a homeowner can have.

Second Home or Retirement

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. Once mostly viewed as retirement living, golf course communities have now evolved into wonderful amenity rich communities that offer owners a lifestyle unmatched by any other. 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. Today, more and more home buyers are seeking more enriched living communities for both primary and secondary living. Today, developers and communities throughout the country offer golf community living at more diverse price points.   

There are many of us who choose a second home on a golf course in their dream location to escape Northeast winters. For others living on a golf course and seeing all four seasons in 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 the first step.

Georgia on Your Mind 

Reynolds Lake Oconee, Georgia

Reynolds Oconee House

Just 75 miles east of Atlanta is the pristine community of Reynolds Lake Oconee. The community is built along 374 miles of magnificent lakefront property with 6 world class golf courses with 117 holes, four clubhouses, four marinas, 16 tennis courts and miles of walking trails and a host of amenities to satisfy any pallet. The community has 1800 + homes and over 3500 residents of which some are seasonal. The lake area which encompasses 4 counties in Georgia has a total population of just less than 40,000 residents. Lake Oconee is also known as one of the “Premier Golfing Destinations in America” according to Zagat, with five of the best golf course designers in the business—Jack Nicklaus, Bob Cupp, Tom Fazio, Rees Jones and Jim Engh. Home sites are priced from $50,000 and finished homes from $300,000.

The Harbor Club, Lake Oconee, Georgia

The Harbor Club

The Harbor Club has 9 miles of lakefront with one of the top ranked golf courses in the state of Georgia. There are 550 homes in the community which was originally planned for 900-1000 homes. The Harbor Club is a gated community with a 15,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and fitness facility.

The Harbor Club golf course was designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. The golf course has won six awards from Golf Digest, and Golf Week named the course on the list of “Top Best Courses You Can Play in Georgia”. Harbor Club home sites can be found in the $40’s. Single family homes start in the high $200k’s. The majority of the property owners are full-time residents in retirement and are actively involved in the many neighborhood self-organized social clubs. 

The Landings on Skidway Island Savannah, Georgia

The Landings at Skidway

 The Landings on Skidway Island is a vibrant, premier golf and waterfront community located less than 10 miles south of historic Savannah, Georgia. The community is run by its debt-free homeowner’s association and has been for more than 15 years. The Urban Land Institute named The Landings “one of the nation’s best residential communities.” Established more than 40 years ago, this 4,596-acre neighborhood has an extensive amenity list which includes six championship golf courses, four golf clubhouses, 32 tennis courts, 40 miles of walking and biking trails on the interior roads in addition to quick access to the Intracoastal Waterway. Savannah is popular to those searching for senior community homes because of the mild year-round weather, rich cultural venues, and as a place for a low-cost retirement. The Landings Club is located about 15 miles from downtown Savannah. Single family homes for sale at The Landings at Skidway Island can be found under $200,000 to well over $2 million. The average home price is around $490,000. Interior lots for sale beginning around $85,000.

Florida’s West Coast

Fiddlesticks, Fort Myers, Florida

Fiddlesticks Country Club is an established, gated golf community located in Fort Myers, Florida. This private country club community was founded in 1982 and is comprised of approximately 600 homes including condos, attached villas, and single-family homes.

Every resident becomes an equity member of the golf and country club with the purchase of a home. This member-owned club offers a large clubhouse, two 18-hole championship golf courses, and a fitness center.

At the heart of the community, the 40,000 square-foot clubhouse is the ideal gathering point for social and leisure activities. The clubhouse is home to two restaurants. The Tartan Grille is the more popular restaurant in the country club because of its views overlooking the twin islands of the golf course. With over 600 homes inside of the gated community, multiple condo floor plans are located in the Carriedale Gardens, Glen Abbey, and Highlands subdivisions. Homes from $250,000 and Condos from $30,000 with Golf Initiation fees of over $80,000. 

TPC Treviso Bay Naples, Florida

Treviso Bay

Treviso Bay is one of the only Naples bundled golf communities that includes privileges of the TPC Passport program with the purchase of a new home. The privileges extend to the entire TPC Network of clubs, 15 of which are certified as Audubon International Cooperative Sanctuary Systems. Benefits include playing privileges throughout the TPC Network and partner properties. Golf membership fees range from approximately $5,500 – $7,500 per year and property owners are not required to join the club. 

In addition to the TPC golf course is the community’s resort-style swimming pool, tennis courts, bocce ball court and fitness center with work-out studios and a massage room. Of the 1,400 planned, approximately 400 homes have been built to-date. Built by Lennar Homes, condominiums and luxury homes for sale in Naples, Florida at Treviso Bay vary considerably in size and price. There are three “Everything’s Included” models – the Terrace Condominiums, all overlooking either a lake or nature preserve; the 1,107-square foot Antonia, 1,137 square foot Bellini and 1,284 square foot Celiana start at prices ranging from the low $200k’s to high $200k’s. Homes range from $200’s to $700’s.

The Concession Bradenton, FL

The Concession

To sports enthusiast around the globe, the moment where Jack Nicklaus conceded the final putt in the 1969 Ryder Cup has endured as one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship ever. Simply referred to as “the concession”, Jack Nicklaus’ gracious act towards fellow competitor Tony Jacklin resulted in the first tie in Ryder Cup history. 

In 2004, Nicklaus and Jacklin set out to find the perfect piece of land for a championship golf course.  The course they designed sits on 520 acres and is a nature-rich design full of thought-provoking strategic challenges winding around wetlands, 150-foot pines and 200-year-old oaks.The Concession Residences is a luxury gated community with 236 large single family home sites. The natural setting offers expansive lake and preserve views from every home site. With home sites starting at half-acre and almost half of them one acre or larger in size. Lots from $300,00, homes from $1.4 Million