There’s no doubt, the golf industry is booming. Traditional golf enthusiasts regained their appreciation for the game during the pandemic when spending time outdoors was a top priority. Now, an entirely new generation has discovered the game through the rise in Top Golf, PopStroke and other entertainment venues. With so many golfers ready to hit the fairways, finding a place to play is becoming a challenge.
For Florida private club communities, this demand is fueled by the other lifestyle factors. Homebuyers are migrating in record numbers, seeking the peace of mind of a gated community and the ability to enjoy resort-style amenities in safer surroundings. Add to that Florida’s favorable tax climate and the impact of outdoor activities on health and wellness, and it’s easy to see why private club communities are experiencing a surge of interest. Here’s a closer look at why golf clubs like Willoughby Golf Club in Stuart, Florida are welcoming new Members from across the country.
1. Florida’s Favorable Tax Climate
Florida is one of only seven states in the US that doesn’t collect an individual income tax, which has a direct impact in attracting residents from highly taxed states. Moving from a state like New York or Massachusetts can result in saving thousands of dollars in taxes every year, and that’s just the beginning. Florida also does not impose any estate or inheritance taxes, protecting residents and their heirs from state taxes on their descendant’s estate.
2. Year-Round Outdoor Lifestyle
Now more than ever before, people are prioritizing health and wellness in their new home search. Private Clubs meet the physical and mental needs of their Members, providing resort-style amenities and the ability to make connections with friends and neighbors. Willoughby’s 25,000-square-foot Clubhouse is the social centerpiece of the community, creating ample opportunities to relax, engage, entertain, and laugh. Members come together for special events and dining at three distinct venues. They can take a dip in the pool, exercise at the state-of-the-art fitness center, or join a scheduled club activity. Willoughby’s racquet program is also top-notch, with five lighted Har-Tru tennis courts and two pickleball courts allowing for tournaments, exhibitions, and lessons for all ages both day and night.
3. Golf for Beginners and Experts Alike
As everyone continues to head outdoors to get healthy, golf clubs across the nation have embraced the excitement from novice players than ever before are desiring to hit the fairways. According to the National Golf Foundation, 37.5 million Americans played golf in 2021, with a record-setting 3.2 million new players. As the focal point of the community, Willoughby’s par-72, Arthur Hills-designed championship golf course has seen a huge increase in players throughout the pandemic. Willoughby’s on-site professional Gerry Knebels organizes social events both on and off the course, providing opportunities for newer Members to feel welcome. Framed between towering trees and natural wetlands, Willoughby’s course offers four sets of tees that play between 5,014 and 6,701 yards, seamlessly connecting the area’s natural beauty with functionality for all skill levels.
4. A Healthy & Happy Connection
After a long period of isolation, many have emerged from the pandemic with a desire to reconnect with people, seeking new and enduring friendships. Private club communities come with a full calendar of social events for every age and interest. The Willoughby Clubhouse’s gourmet dinners, themed dances, and trivia tournaments are just the beginning of a calendar packed with events that keep Members and their families entertained all year long. Mahjong and Bridge tournaments fill the Clubhouse with laughter and friendly competition, while special-interest clubs including gardening, kayaking, bowling leagues, and more ensure every Member can find people who share their passions. Even children and grandchildren feel at home at Willoughby and love their own busy schedule of events, including golf and tennis clinics and multiple holiday season celebrations.
5. Gated Communities Provide Peace of Mind
Now more than ever, families have placed a high priority on safety and security. An unfortunate rise in crime has created a new awareness and appreciation for personal safety. Master-planned communities with limited access have also experienced a rise in demand. Willoughby residents enter through a 24-hour manned gated entry. The design of the community integrates the peaceful neighborhoods into the natural landscape. Each of the single-family homes in the 375 residence community are surrounded by tranquil lakes, nature preserves or rolling fairways, providing tranquility and beautiful backyard sanctuaries.
Stuart, Florida – One of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns
Located on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Willoughby Golf Club remains the favorite of those seeking a Florida lifestyle that is active, social, and purposeful in the pursuit of celebrating the good life. Its ideal location is just a short drive away from the vibrant Downtown Stuart, a coastal small town renowned by Coastal Living as “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.” With breathtaking waterways, rich history, active shopping districts, and more, Stuart is well-known for creating a laidback, warm, and welcoming community.
To learn more about Willoughby Golf Club homes or memberships, visit WilloughbyGolfClub.com or call (772) 200- 6000. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on activities and events at Willoughby and the surrounding area.