Top Florida Communities without Golf

by Robert Borges on August 10, 2021

For Florida residents and retirees, there can be many benefits that come with living on a golf course. But the country club lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Some simply prefer to find a Florida community without golf.

The crowds, the maintenance, the fees, and the potential environmental effects of golf communities (while not all bad), are all serious considerations for active adults looking for non-golf communities.

From beaches to boating to tennis, pickleball, and more, what these communities lack in golf they make up for with so many other resort-style amenities. The best part? It’s The Sunshine State, so there’s always golf nearby for those who still want to play occasionally. Here’s a list with details on some of the best Florida communities without golf.

Artistry Sarasota- Sarasota, FL

Artistry Sarasota FL community without golf

There may not be golf onsite, but the lakeside clubhouse in this Florida community offers plenty of amenities including a resort-style pool, outdoor gathering areas, fitness center and yoga/aerobics studio, community room, multi-purpose sports court and tot-lot. Ranked among the “Top 20 Most Desirable Places to Live” by US News, Sarasota offers a variety of recreational opportunities including boating, fishing, kayaking, and more. Shops, restaurants, and the Theatre & Arts district are within a 10-mile drive. And even though it’s a non-golf community, residents who still want to tee it up are just 20 minutes from a variety of public and private courses.

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach- Daytona Beach, FL

Latitude Margaritaville Daytona Beach

Who needs golf when you can live a Jimmy Buffet-inspired lifestyle 24/7/365? Named “Best 55+ Community of the Year” by the National Association of Home Builders, this active adult retirement community features a variety of recreational amenities, on-site dining, live entertainment, and quick access to the world-famous attractions of Daytona Beach.

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound- Panama City Beach, FL

Latitude Margaritaville Watersound in FL

Another Latitude Margaritaville Florida community without golf, this one in the Florida Panhandle. It features plenty of laid-back vibes and recreation opportunities for active adults. The centerpiece of the community will include a Town Square with a concert stage for live performances and a jumbo movie screen. There will be a multitude of dining options, including Latitude Bar & Chill Restaurant and Changes in Attitude Bar, as well as Workin’ N’ Playin’ Center and Last Mango Theater.

eTown- Jacksonville, FL

eTown FL community without golf

A new master-planned community without golf in Jacksonville, FL, the innovative eTown includes smart technology and sustainable living features, while conveniently located minutes from shops, restaurants, culture, recreation, and top-ranked healthcare. The community’s amenities feature a resort-style pool, with zero entry and an adjoining three-lane lap pool, a high-tech fitness center with an outdoor yoga lawn, a Beir Garden with lounge seating, kids’ playground, event lawn, and a lake-side dog park. While this modern living community is without a golf course, golf-loving residents are just 18 miles from The Players Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass, home of the Players Championship.

Cresswind Palm Beach at Westlake- Westlake, FL

Cresswind Palm Beach at Westlake

What this 55+ active adult Florida community lacks in golf, it makes up for with a bevy of amenities centered around health, wellness, and socialization. In true Cresswind form, A full-time lifestyle director will organize year-round events and activities for all interests. Residents stay fit and vibrant with tennis and pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, walking and biking trails, a lagoon pool, event lawns, basketball courts, an outdoor concert pavilion, and more.

Calesa Township- Ocala, FL

Calesa Township Florida community without golf

Calesa Township is a brand-new, 1,500-acre master-planned community in Ocala, Florida – a sunny city known for horses and outdoor activities. Designed for families of all ages, Calesa Township offers affordable homes with 3-5 bedrooms, resort-style amenities like pools and trails, and a unique HomeFlex option for additional living space. An extensive trail system with tunnels connects neighborhoods and parks, allowing residents to walk and bike safely throughout the community. For a non-golf Florida community, there's plenty to do at Calesa Township!

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