Dream Homes for Golfers and Wine Lovers

Adella Miesner

If your idea of a dream home includes a combination of golf, nature, quality architecture and fine wine, there are master-planned communities around the world offering the best of all four. “Some of the top golf clubs in the world also have some of the finest wine cellars,” said Greg […]

If your idea of a dream home includes a combination of golf, nature, quality architecture and fine wine, there are master-planned communities around the world offering the best of all four.

“Some of the top golf clubs in the world also have some of the finest wine cellars,” said Greg Nathan, chief business officer of the National Golf Foundation.

Perhaps the combination shouldn’t be a surprise: The British Open’s coveted trophy is in the shape of a claret jug after all — traditionally used to serve Bordeaux wine in the 19th century. And top golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Ernie Els, David Frost and Luke Donald all have their own wine labels, said Paul T. Stringer, president of Nicklaus Design.

Here is a selection of lifestyle-driven communities tailored to bons vivants looking for world-class chipping and sipping in breathtaking settings.

Six sites for villas overlooking the golf course start at 1.7 million euros (about $2 million) for a 2,580-square-foot property. New constructions (a rarity in Tuscany) must adhere to strict green-building codes. For those looking for a fixer-upper, 14 additional farmhouse ruins, some dating to the 15th century, are scattered throughout the property and are available for restoration. Refurbishment (conducted through the resort) costs about €740 per square foot. (Homeowners’ resort fees start at €4,000 per year.)

Two hillside golf courses span about 32,000 square feet across varied terrain. Designed by Wilfried Moroder and Rainer Preissmann, the 18-hole Mountain Course tests veteran golfers while the nine-hole Lake Course caters to beginners.

While a barrel of wine will go a long way toward pleasing adults, Val de Vie also places a huge focus on family entertainment, said Mr. Koegelenberg, citing a list of kid-friendly facilities, including junior golf, tennis and equestrian academies, cricket, soccer, batting cages, polo fields, a wildlife camp and 26 miles of trails.

About 80 of the 1,700 lots are currently available. Homes feature French Provençal or Cape Vernacular styles with prices ranging from $250,000 for an entry-level 1,990-square-foot house to $5 million for a 15,000-square-foot home. Construction rates are about $100 per square foot, and monthly fees start at $225.

Near Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island is Jack’s Point, a 3,138-acre lakeside development at the base of the Remarkables mountain range.

Thirteen hundred lots ranging from 3,230 square feet to more than 12 acres have prices from 350,000 to 3 million New Zealand dollars (about $231,000 to $2 million), with construction costs starting at about 325 New Zealand dollars per square foot. (Homeowners’ association fees start at 3,500 New Zealand dollars per year.)

Thirty-six home sites with alpine and lake views are in The Preserve, a neighborhood fringing the 18-hole golf course designed by the project’s developer, John Darby.

The region’s sunny climate is ideal for producing the estate’s signature bonarda and malbec wines, as well as playing its nine-hole golf course designed by Ricardo Jurado Jr., the grandson of the Argentine golf legend José Jurado.

More than 100 vineyard lots, some showcasing Spanish Revival homes, overlook the golf course. (Another nine holes with adjacent lots are in the works.) Home sites range from 21,527 square feet ($105,000) to almost seven acres ($785,000), with construction costs around $80 per square foot. Homeowners’ association fees run about $350 per month.

“I quickly realized I could get much more for my money in Mendoza compared to Napa, Tuscany or Provence,” said John Raffaeli, a homeowner and wine entrepreneur.

“People buy our community before they buy a home,” Mr. Davidson said. “We have over a thousand community events every year that residents can participate in, from fitness classes to wine-pairing dinners, cooking classes and trail walks.”

Predator Ridge has 36 holes of championship golf, including the par-72 Ridge course designed by Doug Carrick that stretches 7,000 yards across rolling hills. The similarly sized Predator course features a par-71 Les Furber layout.

Homes in the Commonage neighborhood overlooking the Predator course have modern-ranch architecture, outdoor living areas and low-impact landscaping. Lots start at 270,000 Canadian dollars (about $202,550) for 7,405 square feet, with construction costs around 265 Canadian dollars per square foot. Homeowners’ association fees are about 200 Canadian dollars per month.

Wine lovers don’t have to drive more than 15 minutes along scenic back roads to sip varietals like pinot gris and pinot noir at a handful of more than 180 wineries peppering the surrounding Okanagan Valley wine region.

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