- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 28, 2005

Recreational amenities such as swimming pools and walking trails are expected at planned communities in the Washington area, but a select group of them also includes a special amenity: a golf course.

Golf course communities surround both public and private golf courses and appeal to those who adore the sport and to those who simply like looking at the greens.

Golf course communities include a clubhouse, which provides a focal point for the social life of the development, and often these communities also include tennis courts and swimming pools for the full round of recreation.

While the idea of living next to land that exists for the pleasure of golfers and will remain green for most of the year is appealing, some potential golf-course-community buyers may be convinced that homes near a course are out of their price range.

Actually, many types of homes are built near golf courses, including condominiums, villas, town homes and single-family homes in a wide range of prices.

Following is a sampling of some golf course communities near Washington.


Bayside, a new residential community under development by the Carl M. Freeman Communities LLC near Fenwick Island, surrounds an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course.

The par-72 course features salt marshes, meadows and woodlands, with views of the Assawoman Bay coastline and Ocean City on the opposite shore.

The course runs from 5,200 to 7,400 yards, with multiple sets of tees for golfers of every skill level. Practice facilities at Bayside include a driving range, a putting green and a chipping green.

The focal point for the community will be the Bayside Village Center, a downtown area with restaurants, clothing and antiques shops, and conveniences such as a supermarket and a neighborhood bank.

The Bayside Recreation Center will also be located at the Bayside Village Center and will include a fitness center, tennis courts, swimming pools and social activities. Hiking and biking trails and nature trails will be designed into the community, and water sports will also be available to residents. A shuttle will provide frequent trips to the beach for residents.

Eventually, Bayside will have 1,640 homes, including condominiums priced from $400,000, town homes priced from $400,000, single-family homes priced from $450,000 and estate homes priced from $600,000. Call 877/436-9998 or visit www.livebayside.com.

The Peninsula on the Indian River Bay is a private, gated residential golf course community on almost 800 acres in Millsboro.

The focal point for the community will be the private Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, scheduled to open in 2006. Other community amenities will include the Lakeside Village Center, expected to open next spring, which will have casual dining facilities and a gourmet market; an athletics club and spa; an outdoor wave pool and outdoor adults-only pool; a sandy beach; an indoor pool; and a tennis center.

The Nature and Exploration Center, which will offer family activities, is expected to open next spring, as well, and the Peninsula Country Club should be complete in 2007. The community will also include a fishing pier and water taxis to nearby beaches.

More than 1,400 residences will eventually be built at the Peninsula, ranging from luxury condominiums to custom single-family homes priced at $1,000,000 and higher.

The nine neighborhoods in the Peninsula will include 378 condominiums by Ocean Atlantic Associates and 307 custom single-family homes in the beach/low country/shingle style from several custom builders.

Miller and Smith is building 325 semicustom town homes and 395 single-family villas that have been designed to blend with the architectural style of the Peninsula. Home prices will range from the $400,000s for the condominiums to $1,000,000 and up for the custom homes.

Call 866/PEN-DELA or visit www.peninsuladelaware.com.


An 18-hole championship golf course is expected to be completed in 2007 or early 2008 at Beechtree, an upscale planned community in Upper Marlboro of 1,200 acres.

More than 600 acres of Beechtree will comprise woodlands, open space, a 30-acre lake and the golf course. The Collington Stream Valley Park extends along the western border of the development.

Stone monuments will define the community’s entrance, and the Swim and Racquet Club should be complete by next summer.

When complete, Beechtree is to include schools, parks, a network of walking trails and a shopping village on the edge of the community.

Four villages have been designated to surround the 30-acre lake, and builders at Beechtree include NVHomes (301/627-1734), Ryan Homes (301/627-4072), Mid-Atlantic Builders Inc. (301/627-9230), Haverford Homes Inc. (301/627-6376) and McDaniels Homes (301/574-5533).

Single-family homes at Beechtree are now selling in the Eastlake Village area priced from the $600,000s to the $800,000s.

Brick town homes with two-car garages are available from Haverford Homes (301/574-0642) and Ryan Homes (301/574-3060), priced from the $500,000s. Visit www.beechtreemd.com.

Ryan Homes and NVHomes are building single-family homes at Cross Creek Club in Calverton, a golf course community that straddles the border of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Besides the 18 holes of golf, Cross Creek Club residents can enjoy tennis, swimming and miles of trails within the community boundaries. Minutes away are indoor ice skating, tennis, gymnastics and an Olympic-size pool.

NVHomes and Ryan Homes are building single-family homes, with NVHomes’ residences priced from $660,000 to the $750,000s and Ryan Homes from $651,990 to $754,990.

NVHomes is sold out but anticipates beginning sales again in the fall.

Call 301/595-3899 for NVHomes or 301/586-9461 for Ryan Homes, or visit www.crosscreekgolfclub.net.

Centex Homes is building single-family homes, town homes and, eventually, condominiums at the Ocean City golf course community of Glen Riddle.

The 972-acre site, a local landmark known for its equestrian heritage, includes 200 acres of preserved open space with planned walking trails.

Glen Riddle will feature two 18-hole golf courses, a 96-slip marina, tennis courts and the Riddle Farm Golf Clubhouse. The community is water-privileged, with acres of creek shoreline along the Turville and Herring creeks.

The private clubhouse, which overlooks a lake, will offer such amenities as a fitness center, an outdoor swimming pool, a whirlpool spa, a sauna, a library, a business resource center, a sports lounge, a billiards room, a card room, a great room, a catering kitchen and an arts-and-crafts studio.

The first golf course is anticipated to open next spring. The clubhouse and second golf course are planned for a spring 2007 opening.

Centex Homes’ single-family homes, with 2,600 to 4,700 finished square feet, are base-priced from the $600,000s to more than $1,000,000. Sales have begun on town homes with 2,600 or more finished square feet and base prices from the mid- to upper $500,000s. Condominiums are priced from the mid- to upper $400,000s. Call 866/493-7898 or visit www.glenriddle.com.

Building on its success with River Creek in Virginia, Montgomery Development is developing the guarded, gated upscale planned community of Oak Creek in Prince George’s County.

Sixty percent of the 1,100-acre community will be maintained as open space, and the development will include an 18-hole golf course, swimming pools, tennis courts, a putting green, parks and lakes. Residents will also enjoy concierge services. The golf course and clubhouse are expected to be complete this fall.

The Bowieville Mansion, a Federal-style plantation built in 1819 and located within Oak Creek, will be restored by the developers.

Builders in Oak Creek include Craftmark and Craftstar Homes (301/390-4471), K&P; Builders Inc. (301/390-3667), Michael Harris Homes (301/390-2214), Mitchell & Best Homes Inc. (301/390-1553), NVHomes (301/390-4403), WCI Renaissance Communities (301/390-4766) and Ryan Homes (301/390-1601).

Single-family homes are base-priced from the mid-$500,000s to the mid-$900,000s, with town homes priced from the $400,000s.

Call the Oak Creek Visitors Center at 301/390-8707, or visit www.oakcreekclub.com.

Wood Creek golf community, PCS Homes’ newest golf course community, in the Eastern Shore town of Delmar in Wicomico County, features villa-style town homes priced from the $170,000s and single-family homes priced from the $180,000s to the $250,000s.

In addition, buyers of homes at Wood Creek will be given a free golf membership for their first year after settlement.

Wood Creek, close to Route 13 and Route 50, offers plenty of nearby shopping. The Delaware and Maryland beaches are also close.

Inside the gated entrance of Wood Creek, residents can enjoy an 18-hole golf course. The clubhouse and swimming pool are anticipated to open later this summer, and residents can also enjoy a picnic area and walking and biking trails.

Homes at Wood Creek offer golf-course and wooded views, and some enjoy views of the fountains on the course, as well.

Call 410/896-4727 or 866/755-2727, or visit www.pcshomes.com.


South of Washington at the junction of the Potomac and Occoquan rivers is the waterfront community of Belmont Bay, designed in the style of a historic American harbor town. Belmont Bay includes a golf course with a clubhouse, a 158-slip marina, office space and planned restaurants, shops, and a 240-room hotel and conference center.

The Occoquan Bay National Wildlife Refuge is adjacent to the development, and the Belmont Bay Science Center, a joint project of the Virginia Science Museum and George Mason University’s marine biology department, is expected to be up and running by the end of 2007.

Virginia Railway Express service is available nearby in Woodbridge.

Centex Homes is building condominiums at Belmont Bay priced from the upper $300,000s, and Comstock Homes has a few condominiums left in its River Club buildings, priced from $377,900 to $884,900.

Miller and Smith is building a new section of garage town homes with rooftop terraces with prices in the $600,000s.

Call 888/357-8290 for Centex Homes, 703/491-2600 for Comstock Homes and 703/491-7103 for Miller and Smith.

The 18-hole Arnold Palmer Signature golf course at the private gated community known as Belmont Country Club in Loudoun County provides scenic vistas for many of the 2,157 homesites in the community. In addition to the golf course, a focal point for the development is the Belmont Clubhouse, built adjacent to the renovated Manor House on the property.

The Manor House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in 1799. The nearly 31,000-square-foot addition to the Manor House includes rooftop and private dining, a full-service business center and concierge services.

While the Belmont Clubhouse is the center of social life for the community, a separate full-service recreation center has also been built to provide indoor aerobics and fitness facilities, along with swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, and a volleyball pit.

Lawn maintenance and a fiber-optic network with high-speed Internet access are included with every home.

Toll Bros. Inc., the developer of the community, will be building several types of homes in separate villages around the golf course, priced from the high $400,000s to the high $500,000s for town homes and from the $600,000s to more than $1,000,000 for single-family homes. Condominiums are priced from the high $300,000s.

Call 703/858-GOLF or visit www.belmontcountryclub.com.

Toll Bros. is also developing Dominion Valley Country Club, a gated, guarded community in Haymarket in Prince William County centered around an Arnold Palmer Signature golf course.

Residents can enjoy a sports pavilion with fitness equipment, basketball courts, swimming pools and tennis courts. Other recreational amenities in this resort-style community include a clubhouse with casual and formal dining and meeting rooms, hiking and biking trails, playgrounds, ball fields, and acres of open space.

Residents of this community have a broadband fiber network and a community intranet.

Single-family homes, many with mountain, golf course and water views, are available at Dominion Valley, priced from the high $500,000s to the high $700,000s. Town homes, priced from the low $400,000s, are also available.

An active adult community known as Regency at Dominion Valley features single-family homes with first-floor master suites, condominiums and patio town homes, with prices ranging from the low $300,000s to the high $400,000s.

Call 703/753-TOLL or 703/753-8900 for Regency, or visit www.dominionvalley.com, www.regencydominionvalley.com or www.tollbrothers.com.

The gated golf-course community of Fawn Lake in Fredericksburg, under development by NTS/Virginia Development Co. on 2,300 acres, includes 36 holes of golf on an Arnold Palmer-designed course; more than 300 acres of lakes; eight miles of nature trails; and a variety of recreational amenities, including soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, boat launches and docks, and a beach club with a swimming pool.

The private Fawn Lake Country Club offers a swimming pool, lakeside dining, social events, and comprehensive instruction and tournaments for golfers of all levels.

The Community Association Clubhouse features a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, exercise and meeting facilities, a beach, a volleyball pit, tennis courts, and a boat dock.

Homesites in all of Fawn Lake range from a third-acre to 7 acres and are available for buyers who wish to build now or reserve a lot for future construction.

Homesites, whether development lots or resale lots, vary broadly in price according to location and size, from the $200,000s to the low $600,000s. Homes in Fawn Lake range in price from the $600,000s to more than $2,000,000.

The Signature Builder program of recommended custom builders includes Coleman Homes, Thompson Building Corp., Sagun Homes, Regency Homes, Hand Construction Inc., Piedmont Building Corp., Fredericksburg Custom Homes Inc., Pettit Homes Inc., Beazer Homes USA Inc. and Signature Series Construction Inc.

Almost 1,500 homesites have been developed at Fawn Lake since 1989, with about half sold so far.

Call 800/435-8020 or visit www.fawnlakevirginia.com.

At the planned community of Lake Manassas in western Prince William County, buyers can choose a custom home design or choose from the portfolio of homes offered by the community’s builders.

Recreational amenities at Lake Manassas in addition to the golf course include an Olympic-size swimming pool, lighted tennis courts, hiking trails, picnic areas, and fishing on one of the community’s stocked ponds.

The 18-hole Stonewall Golf Course was designed by South Carolina golf architect Tom Jackson with nine holes bordering Lake Manassas and four additional holes featuring water frontage or water features.

The 13,000-square-foot Stonewall Clubhouse includes a pro shop, a pub, a grill room and a party room.

Custom single-family homes may be built by National Capital Homes, Nelson Construction, Castle Rock Homes Inc., Petra Builders Inc., Sorensen Homes, Stonewall Homes, Quaker Homes Inc. and Entre Builders.

Custom home lots are almost sold out. The custom homes range from the $800,000s to more than $2,500,000.

The Airston Group and Quaker Homes have single-family-home models available for viewing, with a small number of homes still available.

Single-family homes are available from Quaker Homes, with prices from the low to upper $700,000s, and from Airston from the upper $600,000s to the upper $700,000s.

Call 703/754-7868 for information on the custom homes, 703/753-0705 for the Airston Group and 703/753-0992 for Quaker Homes, or visit www.lakemanassas.com.

Lansdowne on the Potomac will include 2,155 upscale attached and detached homes built by Centex Homes, Beazer Homes, Brookfield Homes, Van Metre Homes, Basheer & Edgemoore and NVHomes.

Lansdowne is adjacent to the Lansdowne Resort and borders on Goose Creek and the Potomac River.

Lansdowne residents have the opportunity to become golf members of Lansdowne Resort and Golf Club. Lansdowne’s Potomac Club, Lansdowne Resort and the National Conference Center offer recreational amenities including indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness centers, clubrooms, ballrooms and meeting rooms.

Lansdowne will open a second golf course, a golf clubhouse and another pool complex this summer. In addition, Lansdowne Development Group will start construction of the Lansdowne Town Center later this year.

The town center will be a main-street-style community with restaurants, cafes, retail, commercial and residential units. Prices range from the $600,000s to the $800,000s for town homes and from the $600,000s to more than $1,000,000 for single-family homes.

For additional information, call 703/726-0417 or visit www.lansdowneonthepotomac.com.

At Piedmont, named the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association’s community of the year four straight years, a gated entry leads into the upscale planned community in Haymarket. Residents enjoy the private Tom Fazio-designed championship 18-hole golf course with its practice facility and clubhouse. Piedmont’s community center includes a staffed athletics club with fitness center and aerobics studio, an aquatic center with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, and a business center and boardroom.

Piedmont residents enjoy views of lakes and woodlands, the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the golf course.

Estate homes and executive-style homes are being offered from a variety of builders. The newest section of Piedmont is the Parks at Piedmont, where builders including Ryan Homes, Engle Homes and NVHomes are building single-family homes, town homes and condominiums.

In addition to their own private recreation center, business center, athletics club and swimming pool, residents of Parks at Piedmont also enjoy access to the Piedmont Golf Club. Condominiums and town homes are priced from the upper $300,000s and low $500,000s, with single-family homes from the low $500,000s to the low $700,000s.

Call 703/753-7070 or visit www.piedmont-club.com.

Marquis Custom Homes is building estate homes on the golf course at Raspberry Falls in Leesburg on half-acre to 11/2-acre lots. Residents can enjoy a Gary Player Signature golf course, along with a Southern-mansion-inspired clubhouse with a pool and bathhouse, a grill restaurant, and a pro shop. Homes are priced from the low $900,000s to more than $1,800,000 and will feature brick, stone and stucco exteriors.

Most of the homes will include a three-car side-entry garage; four to six bedrooms; a rear staircase; a fireplace in the family room; and a choice of oak hardwood flooring or 12-by-12 ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen and breakfast area, hall and foyer.

A kitchen with Corian counters and quality appliances will be part of each home, along with three to seven full baths and two half baths. A full range of options will be available, including a home theater in the lower level.

Call 703/425-2602 or visit www.marquis-vanmetre.com.

The guarded, gated community of River Creek in Leesburg occupies a prime location on the banks of the Potomac River and Goose Creek, with 70-foot bluffs and an Ault Clark and Associates-designed golf course winding through the development.

The luxury homes at River Creek have views of the 18-hole golf course, the woods, lakes and the river. The 30,000-square-foot main clubhouse at River Creek features formal dining rooms, dining balconies and decks with panoramic views of the Potomac, perfect for parties or intimate dinners.

Community cookouts and events are held on a village green near the clubhouse. The Swim and Tennis Club includes a pro shop, exercise facility and traditional grill room with a fireplace, plus a swimming pool, children’s wading pools and lighted tennis courts.

More than 50 percent of the property is undeveloped open land.

The concierge staff brings the neighborhood together with planned events and outings and assists in organizing the many clubs residents have started.

Luxury town homes priced from the $800,000s to more than $1,000,000 are available from Michael Harris Development Inc., NVHomes and WCI Renaissance Communities. Single-family homes priced from $1,100,000 to $1,700,000 are available from Mitchell & Best Homebuilders.

Call 703/443-2800 or visit www.river-creek.com.

At River Falls, an upscale golf community in eastern Prince William County, Basheer & Edgemoore is constructing homes with prices from the low $800,000s to the low $900,000s.

The community surrounds the Old Hickory golf course and clubhouse. Some 240 homes will be built on the 280-acre property by the time it is completed. Georgian-style architecture and such community features as a spring house and pocket parks are the hallmarks of River Falls, which has an entrance lined with maple trees, as well as other amenities, including walking trails, ponds and tennis courts, along with multifunctional courts.

In addition, River Falls offers a location just minutes from the eclectic mix of shops and restaurants in nearby Occoquan.

Call 703/590-8626 or visit www.riverfalls.info.

The planned community of South Riding, set on 2,000 acres in southeastern Loudoun County, is already home to more than 4,400 families and will eventually have 6,039 homes.

South Riding, landscaped and designed to be pedestrian-friendly, includes a town center with shopping and services, an 18-hole Dan Maples-designed golf course, four swimming pools, five tennis courts, ball fields, hiking and biking trails, beach volleyball courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, and a day-care center.

More than 600 acres of open space have been maintained in South Riding, including 18 lakes and ponds and Conklin Park.

South Riding was certified in 2004 as a community wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. Two elementary schools are already open at South Riding, and Freedom High School is scheduled to open for the 2005-06 academic year.

Toll Bros., the developer of South Riding, is building town homes priced from the $400,000s to the $500,000s and single-family homes priced from the $700,000s to the $800,000s and higher. Call 703/327-3600, or visit www.southriding.com or www.tollbrothers.com.

Winchester Homes Inc. is building several collections of homes at South Village in South Riding, where residents can enjoy the Dan Maples-designed golf course, arbor-covered pathways to the village green and fountain, walking paths, tennis courts, and a community swimming pool.

Town homes will be priced from the mid-$500,000s, with single-family homes from the upper $700,000s to mid-$800,000s.

Call 703/542-5502 for the town homes or 703/542-2272 for the single-family homes.


The Woods Resort, planned by developer Ray Johnston to be convenient to suburban Maryland and Virginia residents and to city dwellers in both Washington and Baltimore, is in Hedgesville, next to West Virginia’s 23,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Billed as “the casual mountain resort,” the Woods now features two golf courses. The Woods also offers other recreational amenities, affordable lodging for vacations and about 1,000 homes.

A variety of home styles is available, in addition to homesites with mountain, fairway or wooded views. Besides the golf and recreational amenities, the Woods Resort offers conference facilities and dining facilities at the Walden restaurant, the Walnut Pub and the Woods Club Grill.

Resale prices range from the $150,000s to the $500,000s. Homesites are priced from the $90,000s to the $180,000s. Most of the homesites offer fairway views. The average price for a chalet-style home is about $260,000, with larger homes starting in the $370,000s.

New homes come complete with a recreation membership to 27 holes of golf; two outdoor pools; tennis courts; and an indoor recreation center with an pool, racquetball, whirlpools, saunas, exercise facilities and massages. The Sleepy Creek Spa opened in 2004 and is accepting appointments.

Call 800/248-2222 or visit www.thewoodsresort.com.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide