For many Americans, a morning on the links is the perfect summer pastime, letting you experience the focused frustration and thrilling triumphs that make up every round of golf. Gary Player once said, “The more I practice, the luckier I get,” and the many golf course getaways from our Homes of Distinction program listed below will make it as easy as a two-foot putt to sharpen your luck and shave a few more strokes off your handicap.
Custom building and architecture meet at Ashford Hall in the Killarney section of Ford’s Colony, which is seated high on a prime golf and water lot overlooking the eighth hole of the Blackheath golf course, one of three award-winning courses at Ford’s Colony Country Club. A passenger elevator connects to all three levels of this sophisticated home, and residents will also appreciate two saltwater pools, tennis courts, miles of walking and biking paths, over 60 active social clubs, and 24-hour security.
Located on the first fairway of Barrington Golf Club, this unique statement home is brightened by floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outside in. It has been designed with family and friends in mind, with an outdoor entertainment area that includes expansive green space, a hot tub, an in-ground pool, a bocce or cornhole court, and an 820-square-foot lanai with a fireplace and a ceiling-mounted infrared heater, perfect for year-round grilling.
An elegant two-story foyer with an imperial staircase and a stunning crystal chandelier welcomes you to this refined Fox Chapel residence with breathtaking views visible from every window. Highlights include a billiard room that looks out across Fox Chapel Golf Course and an expansive lower level that comes complete with a sunken game room, a large wet bar, a second full kitchen, and a professional dance floor.
This brick-and-stone transitional home displays a tasteful and refined ambiance, and floor-to-ceiling windows in its living room overlook the 11th and 12th holes of the Signature of Solon golf course. Each space is a showcase, from a kitchen with top-of-the-line stainless steel appliances to a main-level master suite with a spa bath and courtyard access and a finished lower level that holds a second full kitchen, exercise and theater rooms, and a sauna.
A courtyard entrance welcomes you to this remarkable patio home in the Randolphs Green neighborhood, whose two decks overlook the second green of the River Course in Kingsmill Resort. Skylights shine down from the cathedral ceilings of its open floor plan, which incorporates a renovated kitchen with new stainless steel appliances and a master suite with a walk-in closet and deck access.
A light-filled design gives you a peaceful feeling at this timeless contemporary residence on a private lot in Crag Burn Village, only a short distance away from the community’s world-renowned golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. The master wing incorporates two dressing rooms, an exercise or sitting room, two water closets, a double shower, a sauna, and a Jacuzzi.
High-quality craftsmanship is immediately apparent in the refined finishes, detailed ceilings, and beautiful moldings of this transitional Colonial situated on a wooded cul-de-sac lot in the gated golf course community of Barrington. A gorgeous composite deck, two paver patios with a fire pit, and beautifully updated landscaping create spectacular outdoor living spaces ideal for summer entertaining.
Amazing views of the renowned Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course are visible from this stylish two-story residence in Nevillewood. High ceilings and numerous windows lend an expansive feel to its floor plan, which includes a main-level master suite, and a covered back porch expansive enough for large groups will be ideal for summer entertaining.
Presenting the unique opportunity to own your own golf course, this three-bedroom log home on more than 47 acres would be well-suited for use as a vacation rental or an event site. The recently renovated clubhouse lounge and restaurant is perched on a hillside, and it offers a magnificent view of Waneta Lake.
To learn more about these and other fine residences in Howard Hanna’s Homes of Distinction program, download a digital copy of our Homes of Distinction magazine, and for information on some of the surprises that the season has to offer, check out our guide on preparing your home for the summer.