Changes are coming to golf course communities around the state due to differing needs for younger homebuyers.

By Linda Bright for Florida Realtors Magazine, August 2019 Edition

Bears Club, Jupiter

A major shift is occurring at luxury golf course com mu nities through­out Florida. Community operators recognize that for younger families, a well- maintained golf course is simply not enough to meet their lifestyle needs. To address the demand for a more active, vibrant lifestyle with plenty of activities for young children, these communities are being reimagined with a diverse array of amenities and programs.

In pockets of Florida where high-end golf course communities are prevalent, competition to attract these buyers is fierce. Palm Beach County communities such as Mirasol, Old Palm, Ballenisles and Admirals Cove are emphasizing social events to bring residents together and integrating certified cycling instruc­tors, physical therapy, high-octane fitness classes, full resort-style restaurants, smoothie stations and bars, summer camps and multi-sport athletic facilities, and special interest clubs for all ages.

With an influx of families rather than retirees, some communities are revamp­ing unused space and turning it into family sports complexes with regulation­ size basketball courts, playgrounds and hard-surface tennis courts.

For the parents, some communities offer events teams to organize holiday celebrations with full banquets in the community’s clubhouse, creating a party environment for those looking to cele­brate without leaving home.

Adapting to changing times is impera­ tive for the luxury gated communities to attract a vibrant and diverse membership.

Linda Bright is a top producer at Palm Beach-based Illustrated Properties focusing on luxury communities.