31 of the Best Golf Communities in Southeast Florida

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Sailfish Point Golf Club

Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the East, the Gulf of Mexico in the West and the Straits of Florida in the South, this southern part of Florida offers one of the best areas for retirement and for young families seeking a healthy lifestyle.  In fact Palm Beach County has more golf courses than any other county in America. No wonder, the Sunshine State is also ranked no. 1 for the sport of golf in the US.  

As there are an estimated 1,000+ golf communities in Florida, and many of the best are in the southern counties, golfproperty.com brings you 31 of the top picks of the Best Golf Communities in South Florida, up from 25 when originally published.

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Addison Reserve Country Club, Trepidation Course

1. Addison Reserve Country Club (Delray Beach)

Addison Reserve Country Club, long regarded as one of the top private residential communities in the United States and around the world, is located in the Delray Beach/Boca Raton area of southeastern Palm Beach County, Florida.   717 single family golf residences and homes are nestled among Addison Reserve’s winding lakes and three championship golf courses.

Spanning across 653-acres of lush, tropical topography the spacious golf homes reflect Mizner’s signature Mediterranean Revival and Spanish Colonial architecture and commonly feature circular driveways, arching entrances, barrel tile roofs, covered lanais, backyard swimming pools and upscale interior appointments. Each subdivision has its own unique character and feels providing homeowners with the variety they desire in sizes ranging from 2,500-square feet to just over 7,500-sqft.     View Community, Courses plus Golf Homes for Sale and Rent      Or, browse homes for sale and rent in Delray Beach

BallenIsles Country Club

2. Ballen Isles (Palm Beach Gardens)

Ballenisles is a five-star rated private club community that’s also recognized as one of the top 100 residential golf clubs in America. Offers resort-style amenities with three championship golf courses designed by Dick Wilson and Joe Lee, plus a 62,000 square foot Sports Complex that offers a spa and salon, fitness center, tennis facilities with six Har-Tru clay courts and a swimming pool. The community has a wide array of residences that include patio homes, golf villas, courtyard homes, luxury condominiums and elegant estate homes with a price range of $650,000 to $3M. Every new resident becomes a member of the club. 

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Boca West Country Club

3. Boca West Country Club (Boca Raton)

Boca West is a member-owned community and often promoted as the nation’s no. 1 private residential club. It boasts of four acclaimed championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Arnold Palmer and Jim Fazio. A staff of teaching professionals helps members fine-tune their game along with regular clinics. Other amenities include 30 Har-Tru tennis courts with a matching competitive tennis program and a sprawling aquatics center with cascading waterfalls and a children’s area. The award-winning community offers a resort-style ambiance. Golf property prices can range from a low of $50,000 to as high as $3.3M. 

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4. Bonita Bay Club West (Bonita Springs)

Bonita Bay Club West is named among “America’s Healthiest Clubs”, this private club offers unrivaled sports and leisure amenities. It has five championship courses designed by Arthur Hills and Tom Fazio which are situated in Audubon Sanctuary settings. A huge facility for tennis, croquet and pickleball, and a saltwater pool add to the amenities. Ideal for an active lifestyle offering miles of walking trails, waterfront parks and a private marina. The community has 56 neighborhoods with a wide variety of golf properties to choose from: coach homes, single-family custom golf homes, multi-unit golf villas or waterfront luxury condominiums. Price range from $325,000 to $7.3M.   Image courtesy of Links Magazine. 

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The Country Club at Mirasol

5. Country Club at Mirasol (Palm Beach Gardens)

The Country Club at Mirasol offers two-championship courses designed by Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills that’s known for hosting the PGA Honda Classic Tour four times. The clubhouse offers several dining outlets, a salon, spa, fitness center and pool. It has a sports complex that offers tennis, basketball, bocce, pickleball and a fully-equipped playground for kids. Membership to the club is mandatory for homeowners with three categories to choose from to suit their active lifestyle. There are 23 diverse gated neighborhoods with available residential golf properties to choose from. Prices may range from $750,000 to $4.5M.

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There is a golf club and a lake on the golf course - Delray Dunes Golf & Country Club

6. Delray Dunes (Delray Beach)

Delray Dunes Golf & Country Club is located just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean beaches, the Intracoastal Waterway, and downtown Delray Beach. This beautiful Golf Community is ideal for individuals, couples and families who enjoy an active lifestyle.  Located in beautiful Southern Palm Beach County, Delray Dunes Golf and Country Club is just minutes away from Atlantic Ocean beaches plus the Intracoastal Waterway.  Delray Dunes offers the ultimate private club experience to its residents with a first-class golfing experience provided by the  Delray Dunes’ par 71 Course layout, being the first design from Pete Dye in Florida.  Set on 337 acres and featuring 323 golf home sites with 200 single-family homes plus 123 freestanding golf villas in seven different types. 

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Links at Fisher Island

7. Fisher Island Club (Fisher Island)

Fisher Island Club is an enclave of the wealthy and this exclusive community is only accessible by ferry boat or private yacht. Enjoy the club’s private beach, a 9-hole P.B. Dye inspired course, tennis and pickleball courts and two deep-water marinas. Residents value the privacy and security of this private island which places a premium on the available luxury condominiums. Price may range from $2M to as high as $40M earning the title “America’s Wealthiest Zip Code”. A luxurious location for your golf home. 

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8. Grey Oaks Golf & Country Club (Naples)

Grey Oaks is a private club community that exemplifies the best in resort-style living. It has two clubhouses, three world-class golf courses with matching golf instruction programs, a wellness center and a sports center that offers aquatic, bocce, pickleball and tennis program. The community attracts retirees, singles, couples, and families. The community comprises two distinct areas with European-style houses. The price of single-family golf homes may range from $960,000 to $9M while condominiums may range from $600,000 to $1.4M. 

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Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club

9. Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club (Palm City)

Harbour Ridge residents enjoy the privacy of nature by joining this exclusive waterfront golf community. It has three private marinas and two miles of pristine shoreline where residents can enjoy various water activities. The land can also be explored through hiking and biking with its trails and parks. Two championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye, P.B. Dye and Joe Lee and a tennis center with an active program works perfectly for those pursuing an active lifestyle. Golf Properties come in all shapes and sizes: homes and villas ($99,000 to $3M), condominiums ($18,000 to $220,000) and rentals ($4,000 to $9,000).  All have stunning views of the St. Lucie River, lakes, golf courses or nature preserves.  

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John's Island

10. Johns Island Club (Vero Beach)

Johns Island is a private, member-owned club that’s designed for all ages. The family-oriented community enjoys three 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio plus 17 Har-Tru clay tennis courts, six pickleball courts, squash courts, two croquet lawns, fitness and wellness center. It has endless water activities being located between three miles of sandy beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian River Lagoon. A wide selection of golf houses is available: single-family homes ($1.4M to $16M), oceanfront condos ($700,000 to $4M), golf cottages ($850,000 to $1.3M), north and south villages ($500,000 to $2.1M), tennis townhouse ($600,000 to $1.1M), Paget court ($1.75M to $2.8M), oceanside village ($1.7M to $3.5M), south beach villa ($1.7M to $3M), Gem Island (Starting at $5M) and island house ($175,000 to $450,000).

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Jupiter Hills Club

11. Jupiter Hills Country Club (Tequesta)

Jupiter Hills is an exclusive club that the US Amateur Championship twice in a George Fazio-designed championship course.. This private community is conveniently located and accessible to the Garden Mall and Abacoa town Center where a variety of dining and shopping activities can be done. Amenities of the club include two tennis facilities, three swimming pools and a fitness center. The gated country club community offers single-family homes, condominiums and townhomes. It offers a stunning view of the lake, Intracoastal Waterway and golf course. Listed prices of homes range from $1M to $4M. A-rated public schools are also within reach for resident children. 

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12. Lakewood Ranch & Country Club (Lakewood Ranch)

Awarded as 2018 Best Golf Community by Ideal Living, Lakewood Ranch is a gated private community has extensive resort-style amenities: three championship golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and the Arnold Palmer Design Company, a state-of-the-art golf academy, two clubhouses, twenty tennis courts, twelve pickleball courts, bocce ball and tournament croquet courts, two heated pools, a 24-hour fitness center and kids camp (golf and tennis). This is ideal for an active family. The available listings of houses are priced from $396,000 to $3.45M. Membership to the club is not included. But there are 4 membership options to choose from.   

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Loblolly

13. Loblolly (Hobe Sound)

Loblolly is a private club and Golf Community in Hobe Sound, Florida. The 275-member-owned club located on the coast of Florida .  Loblolly was initially founded as two separate clubs, beginning with the Loblolly Bay Yacht Club and Marina, followed by the Loblolly Pines Golf Club.  Following the merger of the two clubs, residents retained a very broad scope of amenities for a club of this size, including a Marina with access to the Intracoastal Waterway.  Members enjoy boating, swimming, sport fishing and a pristine beach. This community provides buyers a wonderful variety of golf homes for sale in Loblolly.     

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There are clubhouse on the golf course

14. Mediterra (Bonita Springs)

Inspired by Mediterranean charm, Mediterra is a prestigious golf community offers two challenging golf courses designed by Tom Fazio. This earned the club the distinction of being awarded the world’s first 36-hole golf facility to be certified as an Audubon International Silver Signature Sanctuary. The community also has a private beach club at Little Hickory Island, a world-class tennis program, a park with walking and biking trails, an active sports club and a renovated clubhouse. Available Homes in the community range from $2.5M to $3.3M. Homesite choices are also available as the community expands. 

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15. Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club (Miromar Lakes)

Florida’s most award-winning community with a total of 200 awards. This includes the coveted Gold Awards for Community of the Year and Best Clubhouse in the United States, awarded by the National Association of Home Builders. A luxurious residential waterfront resort community with over 700 acres of freshwater lakes, three miles of private white-sand beaches and an Arthur Hills-designed championship golf course, all within one setting. The club offers five-star resort-style amenities such as a spa and fitness center, tennis club and first-class marine services. A wide range of residential choices is available. New construction starts at $1M to $7+M. Listed homes are also for resale at $400,000 to $6.3M.                                         

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16. Ocean Reef Club (Key Largo)

Ocean Reef is a private community that offers a lot of amenities to its members. A perfect place for the whole family as well as those doing business. The club offers numerous amenities such as beautiful accommodations, meeting spaces, a private airport, two 18-hole championship golf courses designed by Robert Van Hagge, a 175-slip marina offering deep sea fishing and charter services, the famous Buccaneer Island that offers unlimited recreational water activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling and eco-kayak tours, tennis and pickleball courts, a full-service salon and spa, fitness center, a wide selection of restaurants and retail shops and many more. A medical center is also found within the community. Golf homes are available within the community. Prices are: Golf Homes from $1.7M to $20M, condominiums from $637,000 to $5.14M and homesites from $575,000 to $5.14M.                   

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Old Palm Golf Club

17. Old Palm Golf Club (Palm Beach Gardens)

Old Palm Golf Club is one of Florida’s most exclusive clubs.  The golf course was designed by Raymond Floyd with one thing in mind – for the love of the game. It offers the traditional long fairways and manicured greens. This challenging course is for members only who enjoy being pampered with luxury and fine dining experiences. Other amenities offered are a spa and fitness center at the clubhouse. The golf community has four distinct neighborhoods, with property prices varying depending on size and location. These are: the Golf Estate ($1.5M to $2.5M), Isle Estate ($2.5 to $4M), Grand Estate ($2.2M to $4.5M) and Custom Estate ($5M to $15M).   

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18. PGA Village (Port Saint Lucie)

Two gated private communities, PGA Village and PGA Village Verano have become the mecca of PGA professionals and enthusiasts who are serious about the sport. They come from all over the globe to play and train with the best. Inside the PGA Village, the resort offers three championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and Pete Dye. A multitude of residential property options is available such as estate homes, single-family homes, luxury condominiums, garden villas and oversized coach homes. Listed condominiums and golf homes may range from $250,000 to $1.25M. This community is ideal for full-time residents, growing families and retirees.

The Verano, a newer village with two golf courses is ideal for active adults. The community has an 18-hole professional course and a 9-hole course. Other amenities residents can enjoy are a pool, Har-Tru tennis courts, pickleball center and a fitness center. Golf properties start at $407,000. 

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Pine Tree Golf Club

19. Pine Tree (Boynton Beach)

Pine Tree is a prestigious, private residential neighborhood located in the charming city of Boynton Beach, South Florida.  However, there is no mandatory membership in this upscale golf and country club community, making Pine Tree particularly attractive for many residents and buyers.  With 240 single-family golf homes ranging in size from 2,000 to over 6,000-sq ft the Mediterranean-style golf homes are located in quiet tree-lined streets, many of which are located alongside the fairways.  Pine Tree, therefore, provides buyers and residents an enviable combination of beautifully appointed homes in a fabulous location with enviable views. 

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The Polo Club of Boca Raton

20. Polo Club of Boca Raton (Boca Raton)

The Polo Club of Boca Raton has something for everyone – young couples, families and active adults, from club offerings to homes. The club has two championship golf courses designed by Timothy Freeland, a nationally recognized tennis facility with 26 Har-Tru courts, 4 pickleball courts, a world-class spa and fitness center and 5 full-service restaurants. The housing market has condos, townhomes, single-family golf homes and golf estate homes. Available listing starts from $6,900 to $1.75M plus a mandatory membership to the club.

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21. Quail West (Naples)

Quail West is and exclusive private club with a newly renovated Mediterranean-inspired clubhouse offers a fitness and wellness centre, eight red-clay tennis courts, an indoor lagoon-style Junior Olympic-style pool and two beautifully restored championship golf courses.  The 36-home course was originally designed by  Arthur Hills and restored by  J. Drew Rogers. The community offers a collection of magnificent golf estate homes from six celebrated luxury homebuilders with prices ranging from $200,000 to $5M.  The golf home community offers a collection of magnificent estate homes from six celebrated luxury homebuilders with a price range of $200,000 to $5M. Residents are entitled to the use of the club facilities with limitations on golf privileges.   

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22. Queens Harbour Yacht & Country Club (Jacksonville)

Queens Harbour is a luxury waterfront community that caters to an active family and a sports-minded busy professional. This community is built around a freshwater yacht basin and Intercoastal Waterway that houses a 78-slip marina. It has a Mark McCumber-designed 18-hole championship golf course that is beautifully set along tidal marshlands and century-old Spanish oak trees. This community offers numerous activities and opportunities to relax. The club offers first-class amenities such as tennis, pickleball, swimming pool, dining and social events for everyone. Single-family golf residences and townhomes with views of the fairways and the Intracoastal Waterway are priced from $420,000 to $7.5M. Membership to the club is limited and by invitation only with several categories to choose from.

Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club

23. Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club (Boca Raton)

Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club is a luxurious community hosts a world-class yachting facility. The marina provides first-class facilities to yacht owners providing fuel, water and electricity. The 18-hole golf course has been around for 50 years and has undergone renovations. It was designed by architects like Robert Trent Jones Sr and Joe Lee and the most recent was Jack Nicklaus. Other amenities offered are a pool, tennis courts and a wellness center. The community offers programs for kids too called the Junior Palmers. The golf community homeownership is separate from club membership.  Properties available in the community are Waterfront Properties ($8M to $12M), Golf Course Properties ($4.5M to $7.5M), Interior Properties ($2.2M to $5.6M). 

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Sailfish Point Golf Club

24. Sailfish Point (Stuart)

Sailfish Point is a private member-owned club is ranked 4th in Residential Courses in South Florida and 53rd Nationwide by Golfweek Magazine in 2018. It offers a magnificent Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course that is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary. This is complemented by an extensive practice facility with full-time teaching professionals dedicated to improving your game. This vibrant community is located on an exclusive 532-acre island. This is a perfect sanctuary for all ages that offers a relaxing lifestyle. The long stretch of beach offers a myriad of activities and the sea a haven for deep-sea fishing. The club also offers a full-service, deep water marina with 84 slips and an additional 45 dry slips for personal watercraft. Making it to the top seven lists of Links Magazine’s “Best for Boating” communities. Living on the island offers a number of possibilities – beachfront properties, oceanfront condos to link side villas and townhomes. Prices for golf homes in this beautiful location may range from $500,000 to $7M. 

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25. Talis Park Golf Club (Naples)

Talis Park is a community that has a premier golf course designed by Greg Norman and Pete Dye.  This private course at Talis Park was just recently opened to the public. The community also has an award-winning clubhouse – the Vyne House. The clubhouse being the hub of social activities provides dining and a health and wellness center. Members can enjoy a spa, a heated pool and a fitness studio. A sports recreational facility nearby offers tennis and Bocce ball. Homes available are: Single Family Golf Homes ($2.7M to $4.7M) and Coach Homes (starts at $500,000)                 

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The Bear's Club

26. The Bear's Club (Jupiter)

The Bear’s Club is a private club conceived by Jack Nicklaus for people who only want golf and pure club experience. Jack designed the 18-hole championship course through a natural setting of Cypress, Pine and  Oak trees. The course has hundreds of bunkers making it challenging and entailing precision. Complementing the course is the Jack Nicklaus Performance Solutions academy and a 3-par course. The opportunity to own a golf house at The Bear’s Club in which the golf course adds to the seminal golf experience, is highly sought which limits the available homes to a select few, oftentimes none. Currently, available golf estate homes are in the range of $3.8M to $19M. 

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The Club At Ibis and Golf Course

27. The Club at Ibis (West Palm Beach)

The Club at Ibis is a private gated community that is named after the white birds that adorn the community of 33 distinctly different neighborhoods. Residents enjoy an active lifestyle living adjacent to the Grassy Waters Nature Preserve with its nature trails and a club life that offers three Nicklaus family-designed golf courses including the acclaimed Legend course. Other club amenities include a fitness center, tennis facilities, a heated pool and a host of other ballparks. The community is also conveniently located within a short driving distance to the beach and the downtown area. Golf homes, townhomes and condominiums are priced from $150,0000 to $3M. Lots are also available from $150,000 to $250,000. 

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28. The Concession Golf Club (Bradenton)

The Concession is a private gated community that is set before centuries-old live oaks, towering pines and protected wetlands teeming with wildlife. This is a perfect fit for a family searching for a spacious backyard or a retired couple looking for a private haven. The 18-hole championship golf course in the community was designed in honor of the 1969 Rider Cup where Jack Nicklaus conceded a putt to Tony Jacklin. The gesture became known as “the concession” to honor this act of sportsmanship. This exclusive community has four enclaves with many homesites exceeding an acre – Birkdale, Nicklaus Manor, Lndrick and Parkstone Estates. The land price is listed between $240,000 to $749,000, and single-family golf homes priced between $1.2M to $11M.  Image courtesy of Links Magazine

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29. The Founders Golf Club (Sarasota)

The Founders is a private golf club community designed specifically around the course. Only 262 homes are offered, nestled along 700 acres of lakes, fairways, and nature preserves. The championship golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The golf membership is limited only to 275 so the course never gets crowded. The clubhouse offers a fitness facility. The outdoor sports area includes basketball, sand volleyball, and Har-Tru tennis courts. The club is also kid-friendly offering a variety of wholesome activities geared for the family. This includes children and Junior’s golf training program. Top-ranked public schools, as well as a choice of charter, preschool and private institutions, are available within the vicinity. Golf home and homesite packages are priced from $800,000 to $5M+.

The Loxahatchee Club Golf Community

30. The Loxahatchee Club (Jupiter)

The Loxahatchee Club is a private community came to be from the love of golf. Since then, it has evolved into providing a resort-style experience to its members. The centerpiece of this residential community is the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course named one of the best 100 courses in North America by Golf Digest. Other amenities include a fitness center, a tropical lagoon-style swimming pool, tennis courts and a spa. The residential community has 285 homes set over freshwater lakes and greenbelt. Golf homes are listed and priced from $2M to $3.3M. Membership is required when purchasing a property within the community. 

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31. The Windsor Club (Vero Beach)

The Windsor Club is a private residential community and sporting club that offers a links-style 18-hole golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. It has an Equestrian Centre with a polo field and an active children’s polo team. A Tennis Centre by Stan Smith, pickleball, croquet and a gun club. Fine art exhibitions, performing arts shows, classical and contemporary musical concerts and a speaker series are also part of the club’s lifestyle to promote art and culture. The community has a wide selection of golf homes and homesites with a price range of $625,000 to $10M. 

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