No Educated Guessing About These Golf Communities

        CarolinaLiving.com recently posted an article I wrote for its Compass eNewsletter about golf communities near universities. Large universities and even more modestly sized colleges are magnets for all kinds of cultural events, including concerts, museum shows, lectures by famous and should-be famous people and, of course, sporting contests. Those who like what cities offer in the way of entertainment but loathe the traffic, extreme pace and pollution will find most of the good stuff near a university in the Southeast.
        In the CarolinaLiving.com article, I provided capsules of the best golf communities near universities in North and South Carolina. These include Governors Club near University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill; Landfall, just 10 minutes from UNC-Wilmington; Reems Creek, a few miles north of UNC-Asheville; Green Valley Country Club in Greenville, SC, near Furman University; Wildewood Country Club and the University of South Carolina (USC) in Columbia; Woodside Plantation in Aiken, near that city's branch of USC; and Wild Wing Plantation, virtually across Highway 501 from Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, a few miles from Myrtle Beach.
        Of course, many more choices abound throughout the region. We have toured and played the golf courses at most of the following communities. For more information, please contact us.

Wintergreen Devils Knob 17One of the 45 holes of golf at Wintergreen Resort; this is #17 at the top of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Devil's Knob Golf Course. 

Virginia

Glenmore in Keswick, VA, home to a number of University of Virginia (UVA) professors and athletics team coaches. The entire community, including the John LaFoy golf course, has a Scottish tinge to it.
Wintergreen Resort, 45 minutes from Charlottesville and UVA but worth the trip given its lofty Blue Ridge Mountains location, 45 holes of excellent golf and reasonably priced real estate
• Kinloch, whose golf course is perennially ranked in the top 3 in the state of Virginia and only a few miles from University of Richmond. Lester George, who designed another top 5 course at Ballyhack in Roanoke, partnered with longtime amateur golfing luminary Vinny Giles to develop the Kinloch layout.
Viniterra is an unusual combination of Rees Jones golf and a working winery within an easy drive of colonial Williamsburg and one of the nation's oldest schools, William & Mary. Located halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg, Viniterra has the best of both worlds, even if life inside the gates is calming.

LandingsThe Landings on Skidaway Island is a mere 20 minutes from downtown Savannah and features six excellent golf courses for one membership fee.

Georgia

• The 4,800-acre Landings at Skidaway Island, with six golf courses, tons of activities and just 20 minutes from Savannah and its highly regarded College of Art & Design, which has helped transform the city and is a magnet for art and culture.
• Athens is the quintessential college town, a vibrant center of creativity. (The rock band R.E.M. formed there while its members were attending University of Georgia.) The Georgia Club offers 27 holes of golf and reasonably priced real estate (homes from the low $300s).
• Champions Retreat, just outside Augusta, is unique; its 27-hole golf course was designed by Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player and Arnold Palmer (one nine each). The community of mostly upscale homes lies along the Savannah River, just a few miles from another golf course you may have heard of with "Augusta" in its name. Augusta State University merged a couple of years ago with Georgia Health Sciences University to form the nearby Georgia Regents University.

AudubonGCNaplesThe Audubon golf community is as close as a golf community gets in Naples to the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida

• The Tampa Bay area in Florida offers just about everything in the way of entertainment, services, transportation (great airport!) and dozens of golf communities. Just 45 minutes south of the University of South Florida in Tampa is River Strand at Heritage Harbour, a "bundled" golf community, which means that golf membership in its fine [who] golf club is included in the price of the house. Another five minutes down the interstate, Lakewood Ranch is a city unto itself, as well as a sprawling golf community.
• If you are a college basketball fan, you will remember the terrific March madness run a few years ago by unknown Florida Gulf Coast University in Ft. Myers. Between Ft. Myers and nearby Naples, those looking for a golf community have literally scores of them to consider. For those looking for a 55+ community, we have heard good things about Pelican Preserve in Ft. Myers. In Naples, we loved the golf course at Audubon Country Club, whose surrounding homes are as close to the Gulf of Mexico as golf communities get in Naples.
• In a few weeks, golf fans will turn their attention to the TPC Sawgrass "Stadium" course, just south of Jacksonville where the best PGA golfers will compete in the Players Championship, sometimes called the "fifth major." Divided into more than a dozen small communities, the Sawgrass community offers not only three golf courses but a wide array of real estate choices. Jacksonville University is a half hour away. (The ocean resort Amelia Island and its fine seaside layouts is just 45 minutes from the university.)

If you would like more education on any of these fine college town communities, please contact us.