When you think about retirement in Florida, two words come to mind: the gulf...and golf! Well, we have the best beaches in the country, right Siesta Key? So let's take a moment to look at a handful of what I consider some of the best golf course communities in the Greater Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch/Bradenton area. Close
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Top "5" Golf Course Communities

When you think about retirement in Florida, two words come to mind: the gulf...and golf! Well, we have the best beaches in the country, right Siesta Key? So let's take a moment to look at a handful of what I consider some of the best golf course communities in the Greater Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch/Bradenton area.

Of course, not all golf course communities are created equally--and the same is true for this list because they fall into different price point categories. So, we simply looked through a prism of overall value while considering price, location, and supporting community amenities. One important lifestyle activity that I specifically considered was whether communities had a flourishing tennis program. So bring your golf game (and a tennis racket), because Sarasota knows golf (and gulf)!

homes for sale in River StrandRIVER STRAND COUNTRY CLUB REAL ESTATE

River Strand was awarded Best Golf Course Community (AND Best Tennis Facility) in the Sarasota Herald's "Reader's Choice Awards for 2012/2013. Located on the Manatee River. River Strand features a 27 Arthur Hills Designed Golf Course, a newer 39,000 square foot clubhouse with restaurant, and outstanding resort style amenities. Currently, River Strand arguably offers the best balance of affordable luxury and value. Condos for sale in River Strand sell from as low as the mid 100s and homes for sale in River Strand start in the mid 200's to the 600's.

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homes for sale in Esplanade Country Club

ESPLANADE COUNTRY CLUB REAL ESTATE

As one of the newer communities in Lakewood Ranch, the Esplanade Golf & Country Club burst onto the scene as the second best selling master-planned community in Florida. Covering over 600 acres of lush Florida greenery and serene lakes, the Esplanade is a gated community of 1250 maintenance free detached villas and single family homes. Each residence is tastefully designed with Mediteranean flair and a touch of Californian Tuscan architecture. Of course, homeowners come to the Esplande because of the active adult lifestyle, which feature a newer clubhouse with fabulous resort style amenities and a soon to be announced 18 hole golf course. Villas for sale in Esplanade start in the mid 200's and homes for sale in the Esplanade Country Club start in the mid 300's to the 700's.

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University Park Clubhouse, Sarasota FloridaUNIVERSITY PARK COUNTRY CLUB REAL ESTATE

With a focus on visual aesthetics, University Park was acknowledged by the National Association of Homebuilders as the "Best Community Design in America". University Park Country Club features a 27 holes of championship golf and has received a four star rating from Golf Magazine 10 years in a row! Aptly described as an "exquisite gated community of individual private neighborhoods", villas for sale in University Park can start in the mid 200's and homes for sale in University Park Country Club are from the high 300's to the millions.

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homes for sale in Laurel Oak Country Club

LAUREL OAK COUNTRY CLUB REAL ESTATE

Many higher end gated golf course communties set the bar high with lavish clubhouses and grand amenities, but Laurel Oak Country exceeds expectations when it comes to actually utilizing these fabulous facilities. Aside from the two scenic 18 hole golf courses (there are 29 lakes and 22 wetland preserves throughout Laurel Oak), there are over 180 events held in the Clubhouse each year. Laurel Oak also enjoys a recipricol agreement with the Bird Key Yacht Club. Villas for sale in Laurel Oak Country Club can start in the 300's and and homes for sale in Laurel Oak Country Club can start in the 500's to the millions.

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homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch Country Club

LAKEWOOD RANCH COUNTRY CLUB REAL ESTATE

Lakewood Ranch Counntry Club features three outstanding championship golf courses. Cypress Links, which debuted with the private club in 2001; King's Dunes followed in March 2005; and the newest, Royal Lakes, opened in 2007. Cypress Links offers a more forgiving experience for the average golfer. With wide golf corridors offering a fun experience over 100 acres of maintained turf, this course has large lacy-shaped bunkers and undulating fairways. Cypress Links also has special and unique features, including tiered sod bunkers similar to St. Andrews. Differently, King's Dunes ramps up the difficulty level, and is punctuated by dramatic elevation changes, rolling fairways, and beautiful lakes. Royal Lakes, on the other hand, can be challenged by the many different skill levels and measures 7,320 yards from the Championship tees.

While golf is certainly an integral part of the community, the Lakewood Ranch Country Club’s active lifestyle caters to a wide variety of interests. Whether it’s breaking a sweat at the 14,000 square ft. fitness center or enjoying a dip in the Olympic sized pool after a spirited game of tennis, this community has it all. If you prefer a more laid back approach of living, enjoy the lounge, eat dinner, or play cards at the beautifully appointed 44,000 square ft. clubhouse.

Homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch Country Club can start from the 300's to the millions. Lakewood Country Club East, a newer development extension of the original Country Club, is located on Lorraine Road. Homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch Country Club East started in the low 300's and up.  

LAKEWOOD RANCH COMMUNITY INFORMATION:

Lakewood Ranch is currently the ninth best selling community in the country. While Sarasota is the crown jewel of Florida, Lakewood Ranch is the epicenter for growth and development in the region. Homes for sale in Lakewood Ranch can range from the 200's to the millions. With scores of restaurants, shops, and entertaintment at your fingertips, Lakewood Ranch is bustling with activity and excitement for you to experience!

 

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Listing information last updated on March 30th, 2017 at 1:24pm ADT.