Before COVID, golf communities were in the rough. Now they’re seeing green.

By Candace Taylor | Wall Street Journal

Last year at this time, Maria Bueno lived with her husband and two children in a small Manhattan apartment. Now, thanks to Covid-19, they are full-time residents of the Quechee Club, a golf club community in Vermont.

The family never would have made such a move if it weren’t for the pandemic. “I never thought I’d end up with this type of life,” she said. “If you asked me two years ago if that was going to be the case, I would have told you you’re crazy.”

After years of slow sales and stagnant prices, homes in residential golf club communities across the country are seeing a surge in demand amid the pandemic. But for many home buyers, golf is only part of the attraction. Buyers like Ms. Bueno say they are drawn to these communities because they offer myriad options for outdoor sports, dining and socializing when Covid has curtailed many other forms of entertainment. Clubs’ ability to limit access to their facilities makes residents feel insulated from the virus.


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December 2020