Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Top Four Golf Communities in Las Vegas

Want to know where to buy golf course property in Las Vegas? Serious golfers all have different criteria when it comes to what they want in a golfing neighborhood - it's not one size fits all. This list is only my opinion, but I think the four neighborhoods below offer a diversity of lifestyles and represent the best of each type of development: from livability of the community, to affordability of the housing, and last, but certainly not least, the quality of the course itself.

Anthem Country Club Listings – I will say right off the bat, that I am prejudiced about Anthem being the best golf community in Vegas. Our family was actually the first to move into it when it was brand new, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. The atmosphere is more laid back/down to earth in Anthem than some of the other communities (think high desert quiet elegance rather than Palm Springs ritzy), and there is no particular age demographic. There is a state of the art fitness center, gourmet dining and stadium tennis facilities as well. Prices fall in the median range for private golf living, and the course itself is definitely championship quality. 17 out of 18 holes offer a spectacular view of the Strip, and the placement of the different tee boxes seriously challenge low handicappers, but also allow novices to enjoy the course too.

Lake Las Vegas South Shore Listings – Lake Las Vegas is without a doubt the most beautiful of all the golf course communities in the Valley. From the moment you enter, you will feel like you have entered a charming Tuscan lake-side retreat in the hills of Italy. The heart of the community is the Montelago Village with its cobblestoned streets, boutique shops, hotel, casino and dining. The community actively promotes special events – wine walks, beer festivals, concerts, etc. For many of the owners, a place in Lake Las Vegas may be a second, third or even fourth vacation residence rather than a primary home so there aren’t a lot of families. And it is located a bit off the beaten track. But the golf course is superb, and has been home to the Wendy’s Three Tour Challenge a number of times.

Spanish Trails Listings – Spanish Trails is one of the oldest private golf communities in the city, starting construction in the mid 1980s. A lot of high end local executives built custom homes in Spanish Trails at that time, including the iconic Steve Wynn and even the Sultan of Brunei. This is the only private course that boasts 27 holes of great golf, and many of the homes have fantastic scenic double fairway views. And there is plenty of challenge for even the best of golfers. (Take plenty of  balls for the Lake 9.) The clubhouse and facilities are smaller than some of the newer courses, but the ideal location close to the Strip and lush park like setting makes this a favorite with locals.

Rhodes Ranch Listings – Rhodes Ranch is the only community listed here that is not a private country club, though the elaborate gate guarded entry could fool anyone. The neighborhood itself is beautiful, with tree lined streets and lots of greenery. Plus they have a truly incredible community center offering everything from tennis to work out facilities and lounges, to their own private water park. This is a very family friendly neighborhood, and the pricing and monthly HOA fees are more affordable than the private country club communities. Plus they give discounts on golf for residents, and many charity events are held here. For the price and amenities, you can’t beat this neighborhood for a golf environment without the higher price tag of a private country club.