It’s any golfers dream: Wake up in the morning, step out your front door and right onto the fairway of your favorite golf course.
While it may sound to good to be true, living on a golf course is actually a reality for many. Developers have long recognized the draw of planning and building entire communities around golf courses, offering an easy escape for golfers to enjoy their favorite pastime.
Golfers don’t have to move down south to experience the joys of living on a golf course; there are plenty of communities built around lush greens right here on Long Island, many of which are open year-round, barring any inclement weather.
And for anyone who’s ever thought of making the move, there are plenty of golf course-based communities available to fit almost any budget.
Gary Baumann, a Huntington-based real estate broker who heads Douglas Elliman’s Baumann Group, has turned golf course living into a major part of his realty business, even setting up a whole website devoted to the resort-like lifestyle, longislandgolfproperties.com.
“There are probably about 30-ish golf course communities in Nassau and Suffolk, from right on the Nassau-Queens border all the way out to the Hamptons,” Baumann said. “And there’s every style of home, from a true condo in a building to townhouses, right on up to single-family houses.”
And just as the size and location varies course-to-course, so too does the price.
Can’t spend too much? Check out Birchwood at Spring Lake in Middle Island, backing up to a private 9-hole golf course and across the street from the 27-hole Spring Lake Golf Course, where active listings range from under $170,000 to more than $400,000. Or maybe Coram’s Bretton Woods is more your style, with its social club atmosphere and condos starting in the low-$200,000s.
Able to spend a little more? The WindWatch Golf & Country Club in Hauppauge has townhouses currently going for less than $500,000 and surrounding the 6,700-yard, 18-hole public course.
Too far east? There are plenty of spots in Nassau with similar golf, tennis, pool and social club amenities. North Shore Towers and Country Club in Floral Park offers panoramic views of New York City and the sprawling 110-acre, 18-hole golf course below from any of its studio- to three-bedroom apartments, which start at $199,000. Just north of there is the 55-and-over Port Harbor Condos situated right on Harbor Links Golf Course and across the way from North Hempstead Beach.
Baumann noted that some communities, like Pine Hills in Manorville, offer golf courses and an adjacent restaurant that are open to the public, perfect for those social butterflies who like to meet new people while playing a round. Conversely, communities like the Hamlet Golf & Country Club in Commack, require would-be residents to be a member of the par-70 golf course before they can live there.
The perks of golf course living don’t end with golf either. Most communities offer gated security, a pool, tennis courts, dining and drinking options and even concierge services.
And depending on the community, you may even punch your ticket for more golf adventures abroad. Because the Hamlet Golf & Country Club and WindWatch Golf & Country Club are both managed by Dallas-based ClubCorp, those who live in either community are able to play at any of the 160 golf and country clubs owned by ClubCorp worldwide.
“A lot of people really like that,” Baumann said. “It’s almost like owning a time share.”