Golf Homes of the Week: Thanks...a Lot for a Little

Whether you call it a lot, a home site or your personal piece of dirt, places to build your dream home – even when you add in the costs of construction – can be greater bargains than most resale golf homes. I’ve culled through listings at for some of the best-looking bargains in home sites (see below). Count on construction costs beginning around $200 per square foot, then multiply by the number of square feet you think you will need, and voila – you’re on your way to your dream golf home.

Rumbling Bald Resort, Lake Lure, NC
Part resort, part year-round golf community, the mountain lake called Lake Lure is blessed with a wintertime thermal idiosyncrasy that makes the community’s two 18 hole golf courses playable virtually year-round. You will have to share some of Rumbling Bald’s copious amenities with visiting golfers and families, especially in the summer when the lake is buzzing with activity. But for home sites that start as low as $13,000 -- click here -- just enjoy the giggling, splashing children in Rumbling Bald’s indoor and outdoor pools.

RiverLanding fairway bunkerA river runs through them, as does a good amount of sand, on the two Clyde Johnston layouts at River Landing.

River Landing, Wallace, NC
Developed by successful local farmers, those who live at River Landing can testify to a bounty of amenities that starts with 36 holes of Clyde Johnston golf. The huge clubhouse, part craftsman and part mansion-on-the-hill, is where friendships are made and, probably, a few golfing bets paid. Modern yet classic Wilmington and its Atlantic Ocean beaches are just 45 minutes away. At a eye-catching price of just $17,500 -- click here -- this lot is waiting to play host to a modern home. 


Cedar Creek greenside bunkerDesigner Arthur Hills protects his greens at Cedar Creek.

Cedar Creek, Aiken, SC
Aiken is horse country for many, and Cedar Creek is smack dab in the middle of it. Featuring a fine Arthur Hills layout – he is one of my favorite designers, for what it is worth – residents of the community are an eclectic mix of retirees, some of the thousands of engineers who work at the famed nearby Savannah River Site and local professionals and families. One of South Carolina’s most charming towns, Aiken is a mere 20 minutes away – by car, not horse. This lot, priced at just $17,500 -- click here -- does not have a golf course view, but it will provide you with a better view of your savings account.

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