Best Golf Communities in South Florida
Southern Florida is known for many things. Immaculate beaches. Warm, tranquil waters. Stunning scenery, beautiful people…
And then there’s the golf.
Any list that features words like “best/Florida/golf” is going to be loaded with plenty of dazzling championship-level courses. So we narrowed it down to a specific region of the state, and even after a more focused effort, it still proved difficult.
Here, you’ll find several South Florida golf communities featuring courses that many of us would love to play just once in our lives. So imagine living in a community where a world-class golf course serves as your daily backdrop?
Have a look at what we consider to be the very best golf communities in South Florida.
Originally developed half a century ago as the home golfing facility of the Professional Golfers Association of America, this acclaimed golf community in South Florida offers homebuyers exclusive access to three historic championship courses and other deluxe private amenities. In a secure gated environment about 15 minutes from Florida's Atlantic Coast, residents take their shot at lush greens and fairways that challenged virtually every top professional golfer throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Recent improvements include extensive renovation of the golf clubhouse, as well as completion of a $40 million Sports Complex and tennis center accessible only to BallenIsles residents.
Designated as one of the top 100 Platinum Clubs of America and named one of “America’s Top 25 Golf Communities” by Travel + Leisure Golf, there are three championship courses by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio within this pristine South Florida golf community. Tennis, squash, pickleball, croquet and a fitness/wellness center round out the sports. Other member benefits include social and recreational activities for all ages, educational events, a spa, and dining at three, newly renovated clubhouses.
Considered one of the country’s most comprehensive private golf communities in South Florida, Ocean Reef Club occupies 2,500 acres on the northernmost tip of Key Largo, 50 miles south of Miami. With 1,700 waterfront estates, private homes, condos and villas, all properties are positioned to optimize views across the ocean, golf courses, inland waterways and marina. Residents have access to a wide range of amenities including a 175-slip marina, two championship golf courses, multiple recreational centers, tennis, a full-service spa and salon, cooking school, nature center, and onsite dining and shopping.
This all-inclusive South Florida golf community is the only new home community in Florida associated with the PGA. Located in the heart of Florida's Treasure Coast, residents receive exclusive access to the award-winning PGA Golf Club, featuring 54 holes of championship golf by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. Among its many accolades PGA Golf Club has been named among the “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America” by Golf Digest, and Golf Inc. Other club amenities promote healthy living with an indoor junior Olympic sized lap pool, beach-entry outdoor pool, Har-Tru tennis courts, and fully equipped Fitness & Training Center.
A world-class paradise for golfers and boaters, this community has earned a reputation as one of Florida's most exclusive private residential enclaves. With 532 acres and 520 homes situated on five miles of pristine shoreline, this island golf community features an elegant beachfront country club, a full-service marina, and an oceanfront Jack Nicklaus "Signature" golf course—ranked third of "Best Residential Courses" in South Florida and 47th nationwide by Golfweek magazine 2017.
Home to 36 holes of championship golf, Quail Ridge Country Club is a private gated South Florida golf community located 10 minutes from the Palm Beaches. This is a bustling community with many social and club activities, including an active golf program with two championship golf courses, a fully staffed tennis facility, a health and fitness center, and a clubhouse offering casual and formal dining.