In 2022, nearly 26 million people in America played golf—the highest participation in the sport in over 15 years. Golf scored droves of fans during the pandemic years when social distancing and outdoor recreation became the perfect marriage of fun and safety. But residents who live in golf communities in Naples don’t need facts or figures to know that golf is an integral part of the lifestyle and culture in Paradise Coast, and throughout a majority of Southwest Florida.
Even if you’re not interested in golf at all, who wouldn’t love a backyard that abuts lush greens? If you do play golf, but you don’t have much experience, don’t worry—the plethora of golf communities in Naples means that even the most wayward ball is likely to land on the greens somewhere—although that isn’t much of a consolation prize!
3 Types of Golf Communities in Naples. Which One is Best for You?
You’ll find three types of golf communities in Naples:
- Bundled golf communities
- Equity golf communities
- Non-equity golf communities
Here are the characteristics of each golf community so that you can find one that best suits your lifestyle, whether you’re a golf enthusiast, an occasional golfer, a real estate investor, or you just love to see manicured greens when you peer out the window!
Type #1. Bundled Golf Communities
In a bundled golf community a golf club membership is included with the purchase price of your home, with no added admission fee. This means that each homeowner within your community is also a member of the golf club. In these communities your club membership is transferrable, which means you can rent out your property and include your golf membership as a marketing point—perfect if you’re a seasonal resident in Naples, or an investor. When you sell your home, you can recoup your golf membership equity.
Homes in bundled golf communities in and around Naples include:
- Forest Glen
- Bonita National (Bonita Springs)
- Cedar Hammock
- Spring Run at the Brooks (Estero)
- Glen Eagle
- Highland Woods (Bonita Springs)
- Naples Lakes & Country Club
- Vanderbilt Country Club
Type #2. Equity Golf Communities
In equity golf communities members own a portion of the golf club. Clubs that are member-owned are often some of the most exclusive, and expensive, but they tend to provide amenities that aren’t typically found in non-equity clubs. With equity golf memberships, a portion or all of the membership fee is refunded if you resign from the club—less a transfer fee. If your membership has appreciated in value over time, you will benefit because you own a portion of the club.
Homes in equity golf communities in and around Naples include:
- Fiddler’s Creek
- Hammock Bay Golf & Country Club
- The Sanctuary (Sanibel)
- Grandezza Country Club (Estero)
- Kensington Golf & Country Club
- Palmira Golf & Country Club (Bonita Springs)
- Pelican Preserve (Fort Myers)
- Renaissance (Fort Myers)
Type #3. Non-Equity Golf Communities
Non-equity golf communities have a club that’s privately owned and maintained, yet partly supported by membership dues. It’s run by professionals who have specific skills in club facility operation, management, and maintenance. Non-equity members don’t have to concern themselves with the types of responsibilities that oftentimes come with ownership.
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