Here’s the thing: whether or not you actually play golf (let along play golf well), buying a home in a golf course community is about far more than just driving and putting. Rather, many residents are drawn to these wide-open spaces by the lifestyle that golf represents: one that emphasizes both working hard and playing hard (in a beautiful natural setting, if possible).
In these communities, leisure is tied to respect, and luxury is threaded through with integrity...a combination that holds up well against the Hill Country’s rugged beauty.
In no particular order, the following golf and resort-style communities prove our point: life is better on the green.
1. Horseshoe Bay: Summit Rock
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Located approximately 90 miles north of San Antonio and 40 miles northwest of Austin, the lavish Summit Rock Golf Course at Horseshoe Bay Resort is perched on the southern shore of Lake Lyndon B Johnson, a Hill Country waterway admired for its sparkling clarity and secluded privacy. This exclusive, members-only course was named the Best New Golf Course in the United States by Golf Digest. Nestled within its rolling hills, Summit Rock real estate features various acreage vacation properties that range in size from 1,300 to 1,700 square feet, all designed by Austin-based architect Ryan Street & Associates. Owners of these homes enjoy access to a private, 1,600-acre club, three championship golf course, a waterfront yacht club, and far more.
2. Boerne: Cordillera Ranch
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As veritable trailblazers in the Hill Country real estate community, Cordillera Ranch developers quite literally thought of everything. Located 30 minutes northwest of San Antonio in the charming community of Boerne, TX, Cordillera Ranch offers 8,700 acres of master-planned bliss. Centered around a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, the Cordillera Ranch Golf Club has been the recipient of the national “Golf Course of the Year” award, “#1 Golf Course in Texas in a Residential Community”, “#1 Golf Course in the Texas Hill Country/ATX/SA Area”, and the “#5 Golf Course in Texas”. Additionally, Cordillera Ranch is considered one of the San Antonio area’s most expensive (and popular) neighborhoods.
3. Kerrville: Comanche Trace
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Perched on the westernmost edge of the Texas Hill Country, Comanche Trace is a sprawling 1300 acre golf course community located in the beloved town of Kerrville, TX. Featuring an award-winning championship golf course, plenty of custom luxury real estate, and stunning views, this neighborhood is filled with diverse architectural styles (from German Cottage to Tuscan & Mediterranean) and a price point for nearly any budget (from $270,000 to $2,000,000).
4. Boerne: Tapatio Springs
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What better spot to build a custom home than on the edge of an award-winning resort? Boerne’s Tapatio Springs neighborhood certainly thought it was a good idea. Featuring high-end, luxury residences overlooking a world-renowned golf course (created by architect Tripp Davis), Tapatio Springs “brings together the worlds of luxury homes and the beautiful, unspoiled Hill Country.” For interested buyers, residences start in the $400,000’s and increase upwards into the millions.
5. Frio County: The Club at ConCan
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Set on the iconic shores of the Frio River, The Club at ConCan offers “Texas Hill Country golf at its finest”. This par-72 Bechtol-Russell designed championship course features panoramic views of the Hill Country, premium Zoysia grass, and real estate offerings perfect for any lifestyle. Both lots and ready-made homes are available, starting at $56,000 and soaring upwards of $4 million.
6. Fredericksburg: Boot Ranch
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Described as the “American Dream, Texas Style,” Fredericksburg’s Boot Ranch places a high emphasis not only on its award-winning golf course, but on all aspects of its Hill Country surroundings. Accordingly, Boot Ranch is “somewhere where owners can golf, fish, dine, swim, relax and generally enjoy the Texas outdoors.” Featuring a course designed by PGA legend Hal Sutton, Boot Ranch has been ranked multiple times as one of the Top 50 private ranges in the nation. Homes in this 2,000+-acre master-planned golf community start at $350,000 and skyrocket above $3 million.
7. Spring Branch: River Crossing
1519 Frontier ($715,000)
Located in the charming tiny town of Spring Branch, TX, River Crossing (adjacent to the sparkling Guadalupe River) gives residents full access to the Hill Country’s wild landscape, all while remaining close to city perks via Hwy 281. With luxury homes that overlook the River Crossing Club (rated in the top 15 courses in the state by Golf Week and one of the “3rd toughest private courses in the area” by the San Antonio Business Journal), this neighborhood ranges in price from $350,000 to $830,000.
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