A customer asked me a short time ago to help find him and his family a home between western Maryland and upstate New York, where his wife’s and his parents live, respectively. It got me to thinking about travel time from northern population centers to popular golf communities. After all, if there is a family emergency or some planned event back home, you might want to be within reasonable driving distance. (By the time you drive to the nearest airport, park the car, take the shuttle to the terminal, wait for the plane, fly to the destination airport, rent a car or wait to be picked up and drive to wherever you are going, you probably would have gotten there already by car.) Here are some driving distances, six hours and less, to New York City from golf communities we have visited and can recommend; for distances to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia subtract 3 ¾ hours and 1 3/4 hours, respectively; for the distance to Boston, add 3 ½ hours:
Note: New England golf communities from mid-Connecticut north to Maine will be closer to Boston than to New York. Some notables are Queechee and some of the more famous ski areas in Vermont (Stowe, Sugarbush, Killington, Jay Peak) and Owl's Nest and Mount Washington in New Hampshire. If you are interested in any of these combination golf and ski communities, please contact us.
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All aTwitter About The Golf Communities We’ve Visited
People ask me all the time, “Which is your favorite community?” Not to be evasive, but most of the more than 150 golf communities I have visited over the last decade had something to recommend them, and what may be most important to me may not be so to my readers. Notice I resisted the clichéd response, “They are all like my children.” I have great affection for some of the communities I’ve visited, but likening them to my offspring would be a bridge too far.
I could go on and on about the pluses and minuses of specific golf communities and, come to think of it, I have gone on at great length in many cases at my blog site, GolfCommunityReviews.com. But because the world is complicated and we are all pressed for time, here is a rundown in 140 characters or less – Twitter style -- of many of the communities that I have visited over the years. If you would like a more extended description of any of these fine golf communities, please contact me.
Audubon Country Club, Naples, FL The shocking flamingo pink clubhouse hovers over the fine Joe Lee golf course. Debt-free, member-owned, mile from Gulf. Homes from $400s.
Prestancia, Sarasota, FL Membership (36 holes) provides access to other TPC courses nationwide. We love downtown Sarasota; top-rated Siesta Key beach also nearby.
The Landings, Savannah, GA Residents own community & six finely conditioned courses. 20 minutes to city. Large, diverse, financially stable. Homes from $300s. Reynolds Plantation, Greensboro, GA Owner MetLife brings stability. 6 1/2 top golf courses, lush amenities, Lake Oconee. 90 minutes to Atlanta. Villas, homes from $200s.
Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill, GA Live like a car magnate at former winter home of Henry Ford. Dye golf course among his best. Old South feel, with homes from high-6 figures.
Colleton River Plantation, Bluffton, SC Dye & Nicklaus in harmony. Greens fast enough to break a stimpmeter. Live oaks line long drive in. Bargain lots remain to build dream home. Berkeley Hall/Belfair Plantation, Bluffton, SC Two communities cut from same cloth, hard to choose between. Total 4 Fazio courses, impeccably landscaped. A few bargains remain. Oldfield, Okatie, SC Pastel homes w/offices/BRs over garages. Equestrian feel and one of Greg Norman's better layouts. Over problems, on track, bargains galore. Kiawah Island, SC Live like king ($1M homes) or guest ($200K villas). Play where pros do @ famed Ocean Course. 40 mins to Charleston. Great beaches, courses. RiverTowne, Mt. Pleasant, SC Our customers just bought there; couldn’t be happier. Mere minutes from great city, Charleston. River runs through. Wide range of homes. Daniel Island, Charleston, SC New urbanites love it. Almost all you need on site, 20 mins from Charleston, w/T. Fazio and R. Jones golf (home of Web.com championship). Bull’s Bay, Awendaw, SC Local boy Mike Strantz’s opus, great layout, pure golf club. Just few home lots for sale near Mt. Pleasant. A club I’d gladly join if I lived closer. Pawleys Plantation, Pawleys Island, SC Semi-private Nicklaus club better year-by-year. Drop-dead views of marsh on back 9. Real estate to suit all tastes, prices (low as $125K). Wachesaw Plantation, Murrells Inlet, SC Best buy in real estate south of Myrtle Beach. Private Fazio course among finest on Strand. Minutes to shopping, hospital, great beaches. Greenville Country Club, Greenville, SC Underrated city. Two of best golf clubs in SC, one membership. Two distinct neighborhoods, many price-range options. For serious golfers.
Thornblade Club, Greer, SC
Private Fazio club lovingly cared for by members. Family club where retirees feel comfortable. Golfing Haas family in residence. Classy.
Cliffs Communities, Greenville, SC area
Glassy & Valley sites well-established. Mountain Park not yet. Can’t beat the amenities and golf. Gary Player course set to open in fall.
Cobblestone Park, Blythewood, SC Dirt cheap(literally). B. Ginn threw into confusion 6 years ago. D.R. Horton in now. Worth look, especially for bargain hunters.
Balsam Mountain Preserve, Sylva, NC Way up there, with mountaintop golf course that takes breath away. Homes from high 6 figs. Fractional ownership at Lodge interesting option.
Mountain Air, Burnsville, NC Community with altitude…one of highest in the east. Elegant cabin style homes. Attn all pilots: An airport runs through it; cut travel time.
Champion Hills, Hendersonville, NC Member-owned, savvy leadership of club and community. Financially stable and neat as a pin. Local boy Fazio’s course one of top 5 in state.
Governors Club, Chapel Hill, NC 27 holes by Nicklaus, active clubhouse (good food). Great university town. Our customers bought golf view lot, building home now, ecstatic. Ocean Ridge Plantation, Sunset Beach, NC Very first customer bought lot, just finished house in ORP. Multiple golf course options on-site, reasonable home prices, good inventory. St. James Plantation, Southport, NC Good combo for golf (4 courses) and beach lovers (beach club 10 minutes away). Diverse, large enough to have own post office. Landfall, Wilmington, NC Would benefit by more marketing, given 45 holes of Nicklaus/Dye golf, near-beach and city location, amenities, lots of upscale home choices. Brunswick Forest, Leland, NC Most successful golf community on east coast last five years. Deep pockets owner, sharply priced real estate, one of best new golf courses. Carolina Colours, New Bern, NC Reasonably priced homes near up and coming town where Pepsi was invented. Development well-guided, semi-private course fun, and a bargain. Viniterra, New Kent, VA Glass more than half full. Working winery, fine Rees Jones layout in growing community. Ground-floor opportunity between Richmond & W’burg. Wintergreen Resort, Nellysford, VA Ski & golf, sometimes on same day. Greenbrier owner has bought in, bringing stability. Dizzying house options, some from dizzying heights. Glenmore, Keswick, VA Live with UVA profs, near Monticello, in rolling hills. Friendly club, excellent course, many classic brick homes in comfortable community. Heritage Shores, Bridgeville, DE We love Arthur Hills & his layout here doesn’t disappoint (fun & challenging). A senior assn gave the 55+ community hi marks. You could too.
Bayside Resort, Selbyville, DE First Nicklaus course in state, a few miles from beach. Lots of condo options from $200s. Course overlooks bay; challenge when wind blows.
Crystal Springs Resort, Hardyston, NJ Family friendly active resort community in NJ hills 47 miles from NYC. Six distinct golf courses. Skiing too. Unreal wine cellar in lodge.