Millennials Tee Off: Are Golf Communities the New Hotspot for Young Buyers?

by Robert Borges on May 30, 2024

For decades, golf communities conjured images of retirees in pastel polo shirts cruising around in golf carts. But times are changing, and an unexpected demographic shift is rippling across the emerald expanses of America's golf courses. Millennials, the generation once stereotyped for their indifference (if not disdain) for golf, are increasingly flocking to these traditionally staid communities.

This trend might appear counterintuitive. After all, golf participation has seemingly been declining in recent years, particularly among younger generations. However, a confluence of factors—the COVID-driven surge in outdoor activities, a growing appreciation for luxury amenities, and a desire for more space—appears to be fueling a newfound interest in golf course living among millennials

According to a National Golf Foundation report, the number of private golf club members under the age of 50 has grown by a substantial 25% since 2019. Skewing even younger, those aged 40 and below have accounted for 160,000 new golf club memberships in the last four years. This trend suggests that millennials aren't just dabbling—they're actively seeking out golf course homes and the lifestyle offered within these communities.

Ultimately, these verdant sanctuaries are shaking off their dusty image and offering exactly what the younger generation craves: privacy, security, a strong sense of community, and top-notch family-oriented amenities. Beyond the manicured lawns, undulating greens, and tree-lined fairways, many golf communities boast swimming pools, splash pads, playgrounds, tennis courts, and social events that foster a vacation-like atmosphere. And with studies showing homes in golf communities holding their value exceptionally well, millennials are finding a smart investment wrapped up in a package that caters to their preferences and desires.

If you’re a millennial considering a move to a golf community, you’ve come to the right place! PCR features master-planned lifestyle communities for all ages throughout the country, many of which are highlighted by world-class golf courses, facilities, and a laid-back country club lifestyle. Here are several we hand-selected to help tee off your search.

The Club at Quail Ridge- Palm Beach County, FL

Qual Ridge Golf Community in FL

Nestled near the Palm Beaches, The Club at Quail Ridge offers a premier golf community lifestyle for all ages. This private, gated Florida enclave boasts 36 holes of championship golf and a variety of housing options, from townhomes to custom estates. Residents enjoy not just world-class golf courses and facilities, but also a wealth of amenities like tennis courts, a fitness center, and a clubhouse, fostering an active and social atmosphere. With its beautiful landscaping and abundant wildlife, Quail Ridge provides a luxurious escape ideal for young families or retirees.

McLemore- Rising Fawn, GA      

McLemore Golf Community in Georgia

Millennials seeking a luxurious escape in Georgia built around golf need look no further than McLemore, a private Georgia community nestled atop Lookout Mountain. This haven has breathtaking scenery and an award-winning golf course, The Highlands Club, designed by renowned architects. The all-ages golf community goes beyond the fairway with a new hotel, spa, and additional course, The Outpost, scheduled to open Fall 2024 with five stunning cliff-edge holes. Residents enjoy a range of housing options, from custom builds to the new Golf Village enclave, perfect for fostering a close-knit community. With its convenient location and focus on golf, McLemore promises an unparalleled lifestyle for the younger generation.

Swan Point- Swan Point, MD

Swan Point Golf Community in Maryland

Craving a dynamic waterfront lifestyle intertwined with world-class golf? Swan Point, a Maryland gem, delivers. This resort community showcases an 18-hole championship course on the Potomac River, offering magnificent scenery and challenging play. Aside from golf, residents enjoy a full suite of amenities, including a marina, clubhouse, pool, tennis courts, and more. Situated just south of Washington D.C., Swan Point provides the perfect blend of natural beauty, easy access to major cities, and an unparalleled golf experience.

Landfall- Wilmington, NC

Landfall Golf Community in NC

Near Wrightsville Beach, Landfall offers a premier coastal North Carolina golf country club lifestyle. This gated oasis touts 45 holes of championship golf designed by legends Jack Nicklaus and Pete Dye. Residents enjoy a range of housing options, from condos to custom homesites, all surrounded by lush beauty. In addition to the two year-round courses for all ages and ability levels, Landfall provides access to a full suite of amenities, including clubhouses, tennis courts, a pool, and more.

The Reserve- Pawleys Island, SC

The Reserve Golf Community in SC

This gated South Carolina golf community is anchored by an 18-hole championship course designed by Greg Norman, providing direct access to the green and stunning Lowcountry scenery. After a satisfying round of golf, residents can relax on a South Carolina barrier island known for its beaches and sand dunes, with the island’s Historic District dating back to the 18th century. In addition, The Reserve provides a full suite of amenities, including a beach club, yacht club, fitness center, and more. A variety of housing options within the community provide convenient access to shopping, dining, and schools, making it an ideal location for golfers and families alike.

Black Creek Chattanooga- Chattanooga, TN

Black Creek Chattanooga Golf Community in Tennessee

Just outside of Chattanooga, this Tennessee community offers an award-winning golf experience, perks, and social opportunities that millennials love. Featuring an 18-hole championship course lauded by Golfweek, Black Creek seamlessly blends with nature for a challenging and scenic round. Residents enjoy a wealth of amenities beyond the greens and fairways, including a clubhouse, fitness center, pool, and nature trails. Black Creek caters to golfers of all levels seeking an active lifestyle with easy access to urban excitement.

RainDance Colorado- Windsor, CO

RainDance Golf Community in Colorado

Tee off amidst breathtaking Colorado scenery at RainDance, a master-planned lifestyle community for all ages. This sustainable mountain paradise boasts RainDance National, a championship golf course designed by PGA Tour Champion Fred Funk, offering peak vistas and a challenging links-style layout. Families and young adults love Colorado living, and RainDance provides a wealth of amenities just for them, including a water park, parks, trails, outdoor recreation, and more—all near Northern Colorado’s hottest attractions and state parks between the popular Front Range cities of Loveland, Greeley, and Fort Collins.

Ford’s Colony- Williamsburg, VA

Ford's Colony Golf Community in Virginia

Immerse yourself in Virginia's historic charm at Ford's Colony, a gated golf community on 3,000 sprawling acres. This award-winning golf community features three distinct 18-hole championship courses designed by Dan Maples, offering golfers a range of challenges. Residents also have access to a Golf Academy with video swing analysis, a golf fitness room, dynamic club fitting, a short-game practice area, and six indoor practice tees featuring Country Club Elite surfaces. Additionally, nature enthusiasts will appreciate the wildlife preserve and walking trails, while families can enjoy pools, tennis courts, and a variety of clubs and activities.


That’s just a small sampling of some top golf communities that offer a location, amenities, and country club lifestyle millennials are looking for. PCR showcases hundreds of sought-after golf communities throughout the country that you can explore here.