Golf may not hold the allure it once did for those retiring to Florida.
You see more and more Florida 55+ communities coming to market without golf courses in their list of amenities.
Heck, there are even 55+ communities being developed on land that used to be golf courses.
But despite what recent trends may show, golf courses are still a popular amenity in some of the best Florida retirement communities.
While there are hundreds of golf communities in Florida, to make this list communities have to still be selling new homes, and have some type of either 55+ or active adult component to them.
With all that said, let's take a closer look at some of the best golf retirement communities in Florida.
The Villages – The Villages, FL
Located about an hour north of Orlando, The Villages is the #1 best-selling retirement community in the country.
It also happens to have more holes of golf than any other community in the world!
At the time of this writing, there are 711 (not a typo!) holes of golf spread across 14 championship courses and 42 executive courses.
In recent years the developer has started building shorter pitch-and-putt style courses in an effort to make the game more accessible to everyone.
It is estimated that about 1/3 of the 130,000 (again, that's not a typo!) residents play golf, and there are about 10,000 tee times available each day.
Villages of Citrus Hills – Citrus Hills, FL
The Villages of Citrus Hills has three 18-hole championship golf courses, plus an additional 9-hole course.
Located less than an hour west of The Villages, the Villages of Citrus Hills is a Florida retirement community with single family homes and maintenance free villas.
Residents of the Villages of Citrus Hills enjoy an extraordinary collection of world-class community country club amenities and extensive social activities.
A wide variety of homes and homesite packages are available.
On Top of the World – Ocala, FL
At On Top of the World Communities, active adults will find all they dream about and so much more.
Located in beautiful Ocala Florida, On Top of the World residents can enjoy any schedule that suits their tastes – from activity packed to unhurried.
Other amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, a private R/C flying field, bocce, racquetball and basketball courts, fitness center, health club and spa, restaurants, cultural venues, and much more.
Residents can also participate in over 175 clubs, leagues, hobbies, and lifelong learning opportunities.
There are more than 20 floor plans available with prices ranging to suit every budget.
Del Webb Stone Creek – Ocala, FL
Del Webb Stone Creek has an 18-hole championship golf course with full grill, resort-style pool, fitness center, spa, multiple game courts, a full-time lifestyle director and more.
Del Webb Stone Creek is a gated, 55+ active adult community located right next door to On Top of the World.
Lakewood Ranch – Lakewood Ranch, FL
The Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club includes 3 championship course, state of the art golf academy, 2 award-winning clubhouses, 2 golf practice facilities, a 20-court tennis center, 12 pickleball courts, a 24-hour fitness center, 2 heated pools, and more.
Just minutes from the beaches of Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch is the #1 best-selling multigenerational master-planned community in the country.
With everything from low-maintenance condominiums to single-family houses, Lakewood Ranch offers a neighborhood option for just about every type of family and budget.
There are currently two 55+ community options available for those who want to buy/build new homes: Del Webb Lakewood Ranch and Cresswind Lakewood Ranch.
Harmony – St. Cloud, FL
The Harmony Golf Preserve is a unique experience for golfers.
It’s the only Johnny Miller Signature course in Central Florida, and it’s built on a 260-acre wildlife preserve.
Something you rarely see here in Florida, is that there are virtually no homes along the course!
Residents here enjoy less crowded living with spacious outdoor living areas, many of which include water or conservation views, and a private recreation center and pool.
From the miles of walking and biking trails, to the community garden, parks and fitness center, Harmony has something for everyone. Gather at the Town Square which includes a spa, market, physician offices, restaurants and more without ever leaving your community.
Solivita – Kissimmee, FL
Nestled amid 3,300 acres of pristine wetlands and woodlands, Stonegate Golf Club at Solivita prides itself on its 100 year old oak hammocks, lush greenery, peaceful waterways and streams.
Solivita is an award-winning retirement community in Central Florida’s attraction zone. No matter where you live within this lush gated 55-plus community in Kissimmee, you can easily walk, bike or drive your golf cart to indoor and outdoor dining venues, state-of-the-art spa and fitness complexes, pickleball or tennis courts, and other facilities for sports and games.
Cascades at River Hall – Alva, FL
Cascades at River Hall occupies over 2,000 acres of beautiful land just outside of Fort Myers, Florida.
Residents here also have the option of joining the Davis Love III 18-hole golf course for an annual fee.
The community plan here calls for around 575 single-family homes, as well as a host of amenities like a community clubhouse, outdoor pool, and fitness center.
With multiple builders that each offer a selection of styles and floorplans, the options are nearly unlimited at Cascades at River Hall. Those choices can be as small as 1,500 square feet, or they can range up towards a more comfortable 2,800 square feet.
Cresswind at PGA Village Verano – Port St. Lucie, FL
PGA Village – St. Lucie is ranked among the “75 Best Golf Resorts” by Golf Digest. Offering 54 holes of championship golf at PGA Golf Club, masterfully laid out by design legends Tom Fazio and Pete Dye.
The large collection of amenities here includes access to the 27,000 square foot clubhouse, indoor and outdoor pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a dog park, and an enormous pickleball complex.
Del Webb Naples – Ave Maria, FL
Del Webb Naples is a massive community of 2,000 attached and single-family homes located in the even larger master-planned community of Ave Maria.
Residents here can enjoy amenities like the 12,000 square foot Oasis Club and the Panther Run Golf Club, plus they also have access to a number of additional amenities in the Ave Maria community.
Parkland Preserve at World Golf Village – St. Augustine, FL
The World Golf Village’s King & Bear and Slammer & Squire courses feature designed collaborations by four World Golf Hall of Fame Members; Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Sam Snead, and Gene Sarazen.
Parkland Preserve at World Golf Village, an active adult community located in St. Augustine, Florida. This gated community offers a low-maintenance lifestyle with amenities and single-family homes thoughtfully designed for those 55 and better.
Parkland Preserve features private amenities including a swimming pool, covered pavilion, dog park, pickleball and bocce ball courts, and a clubhouse with fitness room, event space and kitchen.
Pelican Preserve – Fort Myers, FL
Pelican Preserve's 27 holes of championship golf offer pristine greens and natural preserve surroundings.
Pelican Preserve is a large community of 2,500 attached homes, condos, and single-family homes located in Fort Myers, Florida.
The focal point of this community is the 70,000 square foot Plaza Del Sol clubhouse, and residents here also enjoy access to amenities like a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 100-seat movie theater, and on-site restaurant, a resort-style outdoor pool, and more.
Stonecrest – Summerfield, FL
Amenities are plenty here with residents having access to a 7,000 square foot clubhouse, a separate community center, a resort-style pool, and a championship-level 18-hole golf course.
Located south of Ocala in Summerfield, Florida, Stonecrest is a gated community of 2,200 single-family homes that was started in 1990 and still has new construction available.
There you have it. The above are some of the best golf retirement communities in Florida today.
Know of a community we might have missed? Let us know in the comments down below!