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The Triangle’s Best Golf Course Communities

Key Takeaways:

  • Golf course communities are very popular in the Triangle Area
  • Each best golf course community offers something unique
  • The Carla Freund Realty Team is excited to help place you in a golf course community

There are many wonderful reasons to move to North Carolina’s Triangle. High on that list is if you’re a golf connoisseur. A region big on lifestyle and retirement communities, it’s no surprise that the best golf course communities would also be popular among residents. 

As the name suggests, golf course communities are neighborhoods built around a central golf course. Typically, there’s a country club, often exclusive to homeowners, and resort-style amenities to keep residents comfortable and active. These Triangle communities are so great that the biggest dilemma is deciding which one to move into.

It’s actually a good issue to have, especially with the Carla Freund Realty Team at your side helping you narrow down some options. If you’re considering moving to a Triangle area golf course community, you may want to consider choosing from these four wonderful neighborhoods.

12 Oaks

Landscaped to perfection and brimming with greenery, mature trees, and serene ponds, 12 Oaks is a pleasant golf course community southwest of Raleigh, just outside of Holly Springs. The neighborhood spans 687 acres modeled after a modern college campus. 

Luxury Cottages, Townhomes, and Single-Family Residences

Each home is a unique work of art in 12 Oaks, and prospective homeowners have the choice of townhomes, golf cottages, and single-family residences designed by one of five revered local builders. Most homes boast luxury upgrades like gourmet kitchens, marble countertops, custom trim, wide open floor plans, spacious first-floor owner’s suites, and large walk-in closets. 

A Course Designed by a Golfing Legend

The focal point of 12 Oaks is The Club at 12 Oaks. The 7,000-plus Jack Nicklaus-designed course may be the primary draw for many residents, but there’s so much offered at The Club. Retirees looking for an active adult lifestyle will enjoy the on-site tennis and pickleball courts, while social butterflies engage the community at annual social events. The pool oasis is sure to appeal to people of all ages and is a treat after some time spent in the fitness center.

MacGregor Villas/MacGregor Downs

Just north of the intersection of U.S. 1 and U.S. 64 sits MacGregor Downs Lake, the picturesque water feature of MacGregor Villas. This central Cary, NC neighborhood blends luxuries and conveniences into one spot, with nearby access to all the shopping and dining needed for a comfortable life.

Villas Built for Comfort

Find your personal paradise in a community full of luxury homes. Gourmet kitchens, oversized owner’s suites, upgraded flooring, high-end fixtures and features, and so much more await in the homes at MacGregor Villas. These homes were made to offer a comfortable lifestyle while providing homeowners with the space and resources to entertain. 

Private Golfing and High-End Amenities

As a MacGregor Villas homeowner, you’ll be looking to MacGregor Downs for your golf outings. The private course is 18 holes of well-executed greens and hazards, designed by Willard Byrd. As a celebrated course in the United States, MacGregor Downs plays host to the annual Stitch Intercollegiate. Club members enjoy access to tennis courts and a resort pool with a full-service cabana grill, lap lane, diving board, and water slide. All that outdoor entertainment is sure to make you hungry, and the clubhouse restaurant is great for grabbing a succulent bite or hosting an annual affair. 

Prestonwood Country Club

Head west from Raleigh and you’ll eventually find yourself at Prestonwood Country Club. Along with a comfortable lifestyle for active adults in the Triangle, this community is home to a surprising variety of courses offering different experiences.  

Stately Manors for Active Retirees

There are a lot of reasons to want to live in Prestonwood, but its high-end luxury homes are near the top of that list. Each home is a spectacle, starting from its vibrant green landscaping and ending with its top-of-the-line comforts. Expect to find a gourmet kitchen full of features, like stainless steel appliances and marble countertops. Large open floor plans allow for entertaining and offer plenty of room for guests from all over to visit. 

Three Wonderful Choices

Prestonwood isn’t just one beautiful 18-hole golf course. It’s three, and each one has something unique to offer. You’ll have your choice of bermudagrass or bentgrass greens for varied experiences and challenges on this Tom Jackson-designed course. Expect the occasional tournament and social event to roll in, including the annual SAS Championship. If you need a little help with your game, the club also offers instructions. Along with the course, homeowners enjoy access to the club’s tennis courts, fitness center, grandchild-friendly pool and aquatics center, and on-site dining.

The Golf Villas at Hasentree

East of Durham, just off NC 98, you’ll find The Golf Villas at Hasentree, a luxury community catering to social and active retirees. Amenities abound in this pristine neighborhood, which tasks homeowners with deciding how they want to spend their day—lounging by the pool or engaged in a number of activities.

Toll Brothers at Its Best

Need a smaller ranch-style home for yourself or an expansive space for your family? The Golf Villas offer something for everyone, with upgraded Toll Brothers’ homes featuring anywhere from two to six bedrooms. First-floor owner’s suites, chef’s kitchens, and open-concept living exude the best of Toll Brothers. Your HOA dues go toward lawn care and irrigation to guarantee a manicured, emerald-green yard to enhance curb appeal. 

Keep Active and Enjoy the Outdoors 

You’ll have your choice of Hasentree’s 7,074-yard golf course designed by Tom Fazio, six tennis courts, three resort-style pools, and a fitness center when deciding your daily activity. Residents also have access to the Signature Golf Certified Audubon Sanctuary and a number of trails great for a casual stroll. After a day of activity, you can return to the clubhouse for a delicious bite while overlooking the scenic views of the golf course. Need to enhance your game or want to entertain the little ones? Hasentree offers a Golf Development Program and a junior’s golf program.

A Little Help from Carla

Still not sure which of these inviting best golf course communities will fit you best? Don’t worry! The Carla Freund Realty Team is here to help. First, we’ll start with finding out what you want out of your new Triangle-area lifestyle community. This will help guide us to the right listings that will narrow down the golf course community options. 

Searching for a new home to buy is an exciting milestone, and we’d love to be there from beginning to end. Contact us today and we’ll be in touch shortly to discuss getting you into one of North Carolina’s best golf course communities.

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