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You’ve sold your home and are totally into finding a place to live where the golf is good, life is good and the community fits your criteria. Here is a guide to some of the best places to help narrow your choices. 


FLORIDA: East

Upscale Living: Ballenisles Country Club, Palm Beach Gardens

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Ballenisles Country Club set on 1,300 acres is a coveted address for those who love golf and luxury. Just up the road from PGA National, Ballenisles has more than 1,500 residences, 33 neighborhoods and three championship courses designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee. Virtually every professional golfer active in the 1960s and ’70s, from Snead to Palmer has played here. Residences include patio homes, golf villas, courtyard homes, luxury condominiums and elegant estates. There is a beautiful pool, spa, a full calendar of activities and tennis. Ballenisles.com

Value Living: Grand Harbor, Vero Beach

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On Florida’s mid-east coast, Grand Harbor offers a lot for your money with two golf courses, a private beach club, Intracoastal Waterway access, Marina, Tennis Center with 13 courts and Fitness Center. The River Course was designed by Joe Lee while Pete Dye crafted the Harbor Course. Mediterranean-style homes and condos are priced from the $100,000s to more than a million. Grandharbor.com

Family Living: World Golf Village, St. Augustine

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With two superb designer courses (Palmer, Nicklaus and Bobby Weed), residents of The Neighborhoods of World Golf Village not only enjoy great golf but also have access to facilities like the World Golf Hall of Fame, a swim and tennis center and beautiful parks. The community’s private Serenata Beach Club on Ponte Verdra Beach offers members an adults-only hot tub and pool as well as a zero-entry pool for kids. Neighborhoods feature a good mix of single-family homes, low-rise condominiums, patio homes and active adult residences with prices from $100,000. Worldgolfrealestate.com

Retirement Living: The Villages, north of Orlando 

The largest adult community in the world with 75,000 homes connected by 100 miles of golf cart-legal streets and trails, The Villages is really pretty well conceived with neighborhoods anchored by town squares, entertainment venues, movie theaters, shops, and multiple recreation centers. Residents like to boast how easily it is to get onto the 26 free executive golf courses and nine championship courses (fee) and they like you tell you what a breeze it is to zip around on their fancy private golf carts. Home prices range from below $100,000 to low $1 millions). Thevillages.com

Instruction Facilities: PGA Village Verano, Port St. Lucie

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PGA Village is a perfect fit for those who want to not only play three great courses like Pete Dye’s links-style track and Tom Fazio’s Wanamaker and Ryder Courses, but also want to improve their game at the 35-acre PGA Center for Golf Learning and Performance. Move into neighborhoods like Verano, an all-inclusive, full-service, gated resort-style community with its own Club Verano and enjoy golf, a wellness center and other athletic and learning activities and clubs. Homes feature high ceilings, panoramic windows, marble baths and pools. Pgavillage.com


FLORIDA: West

Upscale Living: Mediterra, Naples 

Through the impressive gates of Mediterra lies one of West Florida’s most posh golf resort communities featuring two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses that wind through natural wetlands, nature preserves and lakes. There is a practice facility and Learning Center with an enclosed hitting bay, two outdoor bays and a short game practice facility. With a limited number of members, getting a tee time is never a problem. Residents have access to the Gulf beaches and Beach Club with a stunning pool. Mediterra also has a fitness center, Sports Club with a Spa, eight miles of trails and walking paths, as well as parks. Villas start around $ 1million. Mediterranaples.com

Value Living: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin

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Occupying more than 2,400 acres, Sandestin sits along a 26-mile stretch of one of the best beaches in the country: Fort Walton’s sugar white sand in the center of the Florida Panhandle’s Gulf Coast. This is one of the larger golf communities in the state with more than 30 neighborhoods, seven miles of beaches, tennis club, spa, four golf courses, more than 20 restaurants, a marina, water sports, spa and a shopping center. Homes cover a wide range of styles and prices with condos starting below $200,00 and residences from $250,000. Sandestin.com

Family Living: Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club, Sarasota

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Lakewood Ranch is a 17,500-acre master-planned community with 10 villages with homes priced from the high $100,000s to $5 million. Recreational facilities include 54 holes of Arnold Palmer and Rick Robbins-designed golf, 18 tennis courts, a polo club, Sports Campus, gun club, cricket and lacrosse club, and an extensive collection of parks, nature areas and lakes. The community also has a Town Hall, office facilities, shopping, dining, excellent schools and on-site health care. A new clubhouse and extensive practice area is in the works. Lakewoodranch.com

Retirement Living: Pelican Preserve, Fort Myers 

Pelican Preserve, a WCI Community, has a lovely charm that comes with graceful aging and tree-shaded grounds. With a 70,000-square-foot Town Center, 27 holes of golf and a full calendar of social, recreational and cultural activities, much of the action takes place in and around Plaza del Sol where residents enjoy fitness classes, a resort-style pool, luxury spa, 99-seat movie theatre, fitness center, outdoor amphitheater, and fine dining. Single-family homes are priced from the high $100,000s to around $500,000. pelicanpreserve. wcicommunities.com

Instruction Facilities: Tiburon Country Club, Naples 

Tiburon Country Club’s neighborhoods each have their own amenities while sharing two excellent golf courses designed by Greg Norman and a 27,000 square foot clubhouse. An affiliation with the Ritz-Carlton Resorts provides residents’ access to Gulf beaches, pools and tennis. Homes and condos starting at $300,000 are sited along the golf courses, lakefront and preserves. Instruction is available at TOURAcademy Tiburon offering advanced teaching technologies including video swing analysis; launch monitor ball flight analysis and club fitting. Tiburongcnaples.com


GEORGIA & CAROLINAS

Upscale Living: Kiawah, South Carolina 

Located in the heart of Low Country 21 miles south of Charleston, Kiawah lies along 10 miles of uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean beach. It’s your ultimate upscale golf haven, a glorious sanctuary of marshes, tidal creeks, live oaks, beaches, ospreys, herons and other wildlife along with five exceptional golf courses, upscale homes and gated communities. Kiawahisland.com

Value Living: St. James Plantation, North Carolina 

At St. James Plantation it’s all about the coastal lifestyle where condominiums, cottages and home sites, are built to be efficient, bright, airy and classic. Pools are situated throughout the community while four golf courses designed by the Nicklaus, PB Dye, Hale Irwin and Tim Cate along with 13 tennis courts, a marina, beach club, and a boatload of activities and clubs offer as much action as residents could want. stjamesplantation.com

Family Living: Palmetto Dunes, Hilton Head Island, SC

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Hilton Head Island has been on golf radar ever since 1969 when Arnold Palmer captured the PGA Tour’s inaugural Heritage Classic on Harbour Town Golf Links known for its iconic lighthouse (now the PGA Tour RBC Heritage). Palmetto Dunes, a 2,000 acre playground with three golf courses, tennis, beach and marina, is popular with families who like amenities like the 23 tennis courts, marina, beach, biking, fishing and so much more. Find condos, cottages and multi-million dollar estate homes. Palmettodunes.com

Retirement Living: Brunswick Plantation, North Carolina

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At Brunswick Plantation & Golf Resort in Calabash (known as “The Seafood Capital of the World”) there are three nines designed by Willard Byrd: Magnolia, Dogwood and Azalea. each offering a different golf experience. This gated community has custom homes, condos and Energy Star certified townhomes. Brunswickplantation.com

Instruction Facilities: Reynolds Plantation, Georgia 

At Reynolds Plantationin Lake Oconee, where there are several neighborhoods, instructional facilities include the Putter Lab at the Kingdom where a Quintic launch monitor system captures and analyzes critical intel about putting strokes. And thanks to a partnership between Reynolds Plantation and TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company (TMaG), is used by members of the TMaG staff to custom-build clubs for golfers on site using the company’s MATT Systerm (Motion Analysis by TaylorMade). With this technology your swing is viewable from every angle. Reynoldsplantation.com


MID-ATLANTIC

Upscale Living: The Estates at Keswick Hall

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Comfortably situated on 600 acres in Virginia hunt country just east of Charlottesville, Keswick Hall exudes a sense of privilege. In 2012 new owners Riverstone Properties hired Pete Dye to renovate the former Palmer course. The 121 Keswick sites ranging from two to eight acres start at $300,000 and already more than 50 have homes built. Residents can enjoy the walking trails, 24 hour security and the facilities at Keswick Hall but to play golf, they must join the Keswick Club. Keswickestate.com

Value Living: Bayside Resort Golf Club, Fenwick Island, Delaware 

Bayside Resort Golf Club, the site of Delaware’s first Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, lies along Assawoman Bay. Handsome one-and two-story coastal-style beach homes stretch along the shores of the bay and fairways with prices starting around $195,000. There is kayaking, classes and trips to Fenwick Island along with five Har-Tru tennis courts, swimming pools, kayak launch, soccer field, Carousel Park, beach shuttle, Sun Ridge Recreational Center, health and fitness center and restaurants. Prices range from $195,000 to $850,000. Livebayside.com

Family Living: Avenel Farm, Potomac, Maryland 

About 20 miles from Washington D.C. residents of Avenel Farm play golf on the TPC Potomac, formerly host to PGA Tour events. Once the state’s largest short-horned cattle ranch, today Avenel Farm’s 13 neighborhoods includes luxurious single family Georgian-style and neoclassical brick homes, courtyard homes and Cape Cod-style homes, that wind through lavishly landscaped wooded grounds laced by a network of bike paths, jogging trails and bridle paths. Also find ns Equestrian Center and Swim and Tennis Club. Home listings range from $600,000 to $6 million. Avenel.net

Retirement Living: Heritage Shores, Bridgeville, Delaware 

Heritage Shores is the only 55+ community with its own golf course in Delaware. Designed by Arthur Hills, this links-style track stretches to 7,005 yards from the tips with five tee boxes making it playable for all levels. The 28,000 square foot clubhouse contains restaurants, an Aquatic & Fitness Center, dance and aerobics studios and four tennis courts. Choose from single-family detached and attached homes priced from the mid $200s to the upper $400s. Heritgeshores.com

Instruction Facilities: Kingsmill 

On 2,900 on the banks of the James River, Kingsmill has a variety of exclusive neighborhoods set against a backdrop of green rolling hills and woods. With three golf courses including the Pete Dye River Course along with tennis courts, fishing, marina, sports club, spa and miles of biking and hiking trails, Kingsmill is a good bet for those who want everything in their back yard. Condominiums and luxury single-family homes are located on the river, creeks, ponds and woods. The Golf Academy offers clinics, classes and schools as well as club fitting for juniors and adults. Kingsmill.com


NORTHEAST

Upscale Living: Carnegie Abbey Club, near Newport

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The Carnegie Abbey Club near Newport is blessed by a European Spa plus splendid seaside golf course designed by British architect, Donald Steel. Easily walk able, the course evokes Scotland with sod bunkers and native grasses along with spectacular views of Narragansett Bay. Golf-oriented buyers may choose a custom-designed Royal cottage in Carnegie Village; horse enthusiasts may buy near the Equestrian Center and The Newport Beach Club has a private beach and pool and for those who want to sail, fish and be near the water, there is the Yacht Club neighborhood. Carnegieabbeyclub.com

Value Living: Village at Crystal Springs

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In the Sussex Skylands just 47 miles from Manhattan, Crystal Springs is appealing to anyone who loves sports. There are seven courses (one of the courses includes a short, user-friendly course kids and beginners will love), ski resort, two luxury spas, sports club, fitness center, David Leadbetter Golf Academy, world-class restaurants, hiking, and horseback riding. The variety of homes ranges from condos and townhomes to single family estates. crystalspringsbuilders.com

kellyFamily Living: The Bay Club, Massachusetts 

On Massachusetts’s South Shore, The Bay Club at Mattapoisett, located just off the Cape near Buzzards Bay is built around a Brad Faxon/ Brad Booth golf course. Just 175 homes —each unique— in six neighborhoods are planned for the 625 acres while a good portion of the land has been set aside as conservation land. The Bay Club has a superb golf practice area, a 10,000 square foot Sports and Activities Center and a demo kitchen where celebrity chefs share their cooking skills. Home sites are priced in the high $200,000s while homes hover around a million. Bayclubmatt.com

Retirement Living: Highland Green, Maine 

Highland Green in Topsham occupying more than 650 acres is Maine’s first adult resort, a community where great emphasis is placed on celebrating the beauty of the land and wildlife including deer, beaver and red fox. Along with golf on a Scottish style golf course, residents enjoy an extensive network of hiking trails, yoga, croquet, pub and an Ecology Center with the Androscoggin River, Merrymeeting Bay and the ocean nearby. Highlandgreenlifesthyle.com

Instruction Facilities: Stratton, Vermont 

The Stratton Golf School on 22 acres is a major asset to those living in this mountainous area in southern Vermont. Stratton offers classrooms, weatherproof hitting areas, video technology, and most important of all, excellent teaching professionals. There’s even a place to practice going over water. After your instruction, you can go out for some practical experience on the Player’s School Course. Ask a local realtor about condos and homes in the Stratton Mountain area. Stratton.com

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