Living the suburban dream these days could mean owning a home in a residential community surrounding a golf course.
National statistics indicate a growth in homes being built around golf courses. The Florida-based National Golf Foundation stated 40 percent of the golf course construction in the United States today is real estate related. And approximately 3.7 million people, or 15 percent, of all golfers are permanent residents of a golf course community.
The National Golf Foundation also reported San Diego County opened three residential real estate golf courses in the past year: the Meadows Del Mar Golf Club; Maderas Country Club; and The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe.
Borrego Springs Resort & Country Club and Sycamore Ranch Golf Course are in the planning stages.
Chuck Landy, president of Santa Monica-based The Chadmar Group, the developer of The Meadows Del Mar, said more and more people want to live near golf courses.
– Reasons To Live
Near A Golf Course
Landy stated the top five reasons for living on golf courses are a love for the game, the open space, privilege of a private country club atmosphere, vacation atmosphere and added security with convenient proximity to amenities.
“Residents enjoy the peace of mind that high-rise buildings, freeways, or other architectural obstructions will not be built and spoil the beauty of their neighborhood,” Landy said. “And residents in the golf course communities feel like they are living in a perennial vacation setting, the perfect escape from the stress and strain of their professional lives.”
The Meadows Del Mar Golf Club offers a chance to build a home with a view of Shaw Valley in Del Mar.
The 380-acre gated community, called The Meadows Del Mar, presents 134 estate sites, with costs ranging from $420,000 to $1 million each.
Don Conley, sales associate with Del Mar-based Prudential California Realty, said the lots are between one-third to half an acre each and surround an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Tom Fazio, an award-winning golf architect.
Fazio’s golf course designs have been recognized by Golf Course News and Golf Digest. Some of his designs included Wade Hampton Golf Club of Cashiers, N.C.; Black Diamond Ranch of Lecanto, Fla.; and Shadow Creek of Las Vegas.
“The Meadows Del Mar has this unique feel, which makes the place special to any potential homeowner,” Conley said.
– Lots Sold To
As of March 20, 53 lots had been sold to six home builders and 32 lots were sold to individuals. Some of the home builders include Davidson Communities of Del Mar, Custom Homes by Jim Ford and Kachay Homes, both of Rancho Santa Fe.
In addition, residents of The Meadows Del Mar will have membership and priority tee times at the golf course, according to Conley.
In the final, as-yet unscheduled, phase of The Meadows Del Mar, a 300-room luxury resort hotel, will be built over a 23-acre site. The resort will contain amenities such as tennis, swimming, fine dining and casual restaurants. Currently, the hotel is in its planning and pre-development stages, Conley said.