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2016 Florida Golf Course Communities by Joe Stine, Editor
         Florida has always been on the cutting edge of golf real estate development. Golf resorts, tennis, equestrian, neo-traditional, retirement communities, gated communities and master planned communities abound in Florida and offer a perfect real estate investment for a second home or retirement home.
        If you want to start a fight in Florida, try this, just ask a group of Florida golf community homeowners which one of their neighborhoods or golf courses is the best. Then step back and watch the fur fly.
        There's no doubt that Florida residents are passionate about where they live and golf, specifically their golf communities. We understand why. In terms of pure dollars, choosing the "right" neighborhood can mean the difference of tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars over time.
        There are hundreds of golf communities across Florida, but not all are created equal. If your dream is to enjoy world-class golf courses with a slew of other amenities in a wonderful setting, the field gets narrowed substantially, but there are still plenty of choices here in the Sunshine State.
        While "best" is a measurement that's a little tricky to define, showcased within this issue are three of Florida’s finest affordable golf course communities.

Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club

Willoughby Golf Club

Rotonda Golf & Country Club

        Out of the many courses we visited in the 2015-2016 season we have weighed numerous factors, such as property values, proximity to metro areas, greens speeds, etc. and have come up with these three very special places to live. One in Central Florida, one in Southwest Florida, and one in Southeast Florida.
        Florida Golf Magazine hasn’t visited every golf course in Florida, not by a long shot, but we have visited many of the best. So, while this list is not comprehensive, and there are certainly some great golf communities not included, Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club, Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, and Rotonda Golf & Country Club in Rotonda, Florida are three of Florida’s best.
        If you find yourself pursuing a life in Florida, as close to the golf course as possible, as well as a mix of civilized refinement and abundant natural beauty, these three golf communities are where you might find your dream life.
 

Golden Ocala Golf Club - Ocala - Marion County

WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA
Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club
8300 NW 31st Lane Rd. Ocala, FL 34482
(800) 251-7674, goldenocala.com
Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club boasts a riveting 18-hole championship course design by Ron Garl that incorporates eight masterfully recreated tribute holes from some of the world’s finest courses including Augusta, Royal Troon, Baltusrol, Muirfield, and St. Andrews.



Willoughby Golf Club - Stuart - Martin County

SOUTHEAST FLORIDA
Willoughby Golf Club
3001 SE Doubleton Dr, Stuart, FL 34997
(772) 220-6000, willoughbygolfclub.com
The residents at Willoughby Golf Club embrace an active lifestyle, but its Arthur Hills golf course is the centerpiece of this exclusive South Florida community, situated between Palm Beach and Vero Beach in the charming city of Stuart.



Rotonda Golf & Country Club - Rotonda West - Charlotte County

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
Rotonda Golf & Country Club
266 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda West, FL 33947
(941) 697-2414, rotondagolf.com
Open to the public for daily-fee golf, Rotonda Golf & Country Club is an amenity rich semi-private country club located near the gulf in beautiful Rotonda West, that has 99 holes of championship golf including: Pinemoor, The Hills, The Palms, The Links and another 27-holes at Long Marsh.



Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart Rotonda Golf & Country Club in Rotonda

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