Check Out These North Carolina Communities without Golf Courses
North Carolina is big on golf, but you might be surprised to learn about all the great lifestyle communities in the state that don’t revolve around a golf course. For those who like to play but prefer not live on or near a golf course, we compiled this list of communities throughout different regions of the state that don’t have a golf course—but rest assured they do have an array of awesome active adult amenities.
Read on to learn more about some of the best non-golf communities in North Carolina.
With a healthy lifestyle in mind, nearly one third of River Bluffs’ land is designated for parks, trails, and open space. And while this North Carolina community may not have a golf course, it does have an impressive sports complex with pickleball, tennis, and a dedicated boat/RV storage area. Residents also enjoy a fitness center and a half mile overwater boardwalk with gazebos, boat launch, and 188 wet slips—all offering views of the Northeast Cape Fear River. If you choose to call this Wilmington, NC, community home you’ll be living in one of the "Top 10 Small Cities in America" according to Southern Living Magazine.
The Lodges at Eagles Nest- Banner Elk, NC
Family-oriented and unpretentious, the focus of this North Carolina community on the High Country, not the country club. Daily activities for every generation range from wine tasting to paintball wars, fly fishing, and a concert series in the summer to skiing and snowmobiling in the winter. Residents have access to a full complement of amenities, sweeping views, freshwater streams, and miles of scenic trails. In lieu of a golf course, the community was developed according to national park standards and contains more than 200 acres of nature preserves.
Grand Highlands at Bearwallow Mountain- Hendersonville, NC
This stunning community occupies over 300 acres of rolling woodlands and meadows in a spectacular Blue Ridge Mountain setting near the center of a triangle formed by Asheville, Hendersonville, and Lake Lure. Amenities include a spacious lodge-style clubhouse, an old-fashioned community barn, dog park, tennis court, fitness center, and a network of hiking and riding trails. And while there may not be a golf course within the gates of this North Carolina community, the nearby Asheville and Hendersonville areas are home to a number of excellent public and private golf courses.
Cresswind Charlotte- Charlotte, NC
Getting a little closer to big city life is this 55+ North Carolina community near Charlotte. Convenient to urban conveniences, yet still away from city congestion, amenities don’t include golf, but they do focus on maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Residents have access to miles of walking trails, a 17,000-square-foot clubhouse featuring a fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis, pickleball, and bocce. A full-time activities director organizes fitness programs and clubs for every hobby.
Located in Garner, North Carolina, in the Research Triangle region and less than 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh, this community without golf has a resort-style amenity center with a clubhouse, well-equipped fitness center, zero entry heated saltwater pool, pickleball and bocce courts, event lawn, picnic area, and miles of greenway trails. Residents who still want to hit the links can visit the two golf courses within a 5-minute drive.
Del Webb at Traditions- Wake Forest, NC
Specifically designed for active adults, this Del Webb community may not have a golf course, but it certainly makes up for it with an expansive list of lifestyle amenities for residents to enjoy. The 18,000-square-foot amenity center is the social hub of the community and includes a fitness center, coffee lounge, demonstration kitchen, billiards, and more. An on-site lifestyle director organizes clubs and events, such as arts and crafts, aerobics classes, and parties. Residents also have access to tennis, pickleball, and bocce courts in the outdoor recreation area. For those who prefer being on or near the water, Wake Forest Reservoir is within walking distance, allowing plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, and kayaking.
Trilogy Lake Norman- Denver, NC
Known for their next-level amenities for 55+ active adults, this Trilogy community’s crown jewel is its 30,000 square foot clubhouse. In it, residents will find sports and media escape complete with TVs, billiards, poker and shuffleboard, an interactive demonstration kitchen and studio, event center, fitness facilities and movement studio, art studio, indoor lap pool and outdoor resort pool, tennis courts, pickleball courts and bocce ball courts, and an amphitheater for live music and performances. While there is no onsite golf, nearby courses at the Verdict Ridge Golf & Country Club, Cowan's Ford Golf Club and Westport Golf Club are less than 10 minutes from the community.
These are just a few of the non-golf communities in The Tar Heel State. Explore more and see the complete list of North Carolina communities without golf