Best Golf Retirement Communities in Tennessee

by Robert Borges on March 24, 2020

We’ve already established Tennessee as one of the most affordable states to retire in. That’s excellent news for those looking to stretch their retirement funds...and if you’re a golf lover? Even better. 

With some fantastic year-round golf to be had in The Volunteer State, these are some of the best golf retirement communities in Tennessee. 


Fairfield Glade- Crossville, TN

Named one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in 2011 by Where to Retire magazine, this popular Tennessee golf retirement community offers low taxes and low association dues, tranquil rural surroundings, and an impressive array of established resort-style amenities. Five championship golf courses are located within the development, along with 11 spring-fed lakes for boating and fishing, tennis/pickleball and equestrian centers, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, community fitness and marina facilities, and convenient shopping and dining venues on-site.


Rarity Bay- Vonore, TN

Located on a scenic peninsula overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains with 10 miles of shoreline along Lake Tellico, this golf retirement in Tennessee is ideal for those seeking peaceful waterfront living in a private golf and equestrian community. Amenities  include 18 holes of championship golf, world-class equestrian facilities with 10 miles of riding trails, an elegant Clubhouse with casual and fine dining, a Swim & Tennis Club, a bustling Activity Center and private boat docks.


Tellico Village- Loudon, TN

Tucked in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, this Tennessee golf retirement community near Knoxville encompasses 5,000 acres along the banks of Tellico Lake. The rolling fairways of three golf courses provide a stunning backdrop for the available homes, townhomes, and homesites. It’s all defined by a strong sense of community and an abundance of recreational facilities and amenities including a yacht and country club for social activities and dining, recreation and fitness centers, boating and fishing, and dozens of social, sports, and community clubs.


WindRiver- Lenoir City, TN

Residents of this luxury Tennessee golf retirement community have access to the WindRiver Harbor & Yacht Club along with an Audubon Certified golf course designed by Bob Cupp. A signature resort-style WindRiver Club featuring facilities for both indoor and outdoor recreation and fitness pursuits coalesce with miles of walking and hiking trails at Brightwater Park—a waterside destination for fitness, fun, and relaxation. But it’s the Lakeside Inn that’s the crown jewel for many residents, home to the award-winning waterfront restaurant, Citico’s.