7 Surprising Perks of This Florida Golf Club LifestylePosted on: June 13, 2023
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To an outsider, many Florida Golf Clubs may appear similar at first glance. They boast golf courses, a variety of amenities, and a vibrant clubhouse. Yet on Florida’s Treasure Coast, Members of Harbour Ridge often discover that there is much more than meets the eye. Nestled on 885 beautifully wooded acres at the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, this private yacht and country club community is a hidden gem with unparalleled allure. With its intimate community design and mature natural landscapes, residents enjoy a carefree social lifestyle surrounded by the natural beauty of an amazing waterfront shoreline. But it’s not just the community’s unmatched connection with nature that makes this gated country club community unique. Here are some things you might not have known about Harbour Ridge.
1. Rare Waterfront Championship Golf
As one of the only Clubs in the area with two championship golf courses, Harbour Ridge welcomes golfers of all skill levels to experience nature’s beauty while putting their skills to the test. The River Ridge is a Pete & P.B. Dye-designed par-72 course that winds through natural wetlands, high bluffs, and towering trees to overlook the quiet waters of the St. Lucie River. Designed by Bobby Weed, Golden Marsh is set amidst a 20-acre nature preserve, surrounded by natural lakes and marshes that add both an element of beauty and challenge to the course. Both courses have proudly maintained their status as a “Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary” since 2000, showcasing the Club’s dedication to preserving Florida’s natural resources.
2. A National Geographic-Worthy Rookery
Perhaps one of the most awe-inspiring nature spots at Harbour Ridge, the Rookery is one of the largest in the state of Florida. This collection of mangroves nestled along the St. Lucie River serves as a shelter and feeding spot for an abundance of egrets and other birds. Each morning like clockwork, these birds fly off in one large flock at sunrise and return at sunset. Harbour Ridge residents look forward to watching the birds move in a cloud of white feathers every day. The amount of birds that choose to rest here is so substantial that scientists from the National Audubon Society use the Rookery to measure the population of certain species and the health of the surrounding ecosystem.
3. Private Water Shuttle to Downtown Stuart
Situated on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, Harbour Ridge enjoys premier waterfront access, with three private marinas providing a combined total of 98 slips for boats up to 80 feet in length. With abundant waterfront dining, boutique shopping, and entertainment opportunities on Florida’s Treasure Coast, the Club’s private water shuttle, with a personal boat captain transporting residents from their homes to the vibrant Downtown Stuart area. Members relish the convenience of hopping onto the shuttle from the Clubhouse and leisurely cruising down the river to their dinner destination, without the worry of designating a driver.
4. Endless Exploration with Stunning Views
Being active and engaged with nature has never felt more effortless. A picturesque two-mile walking trail along the riverfront is a picturesque way to explore the community and its rare surrounding environment. Residents, however, aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy waterfront living. Freedom and fun are unleashed for “puppies” of all sizes at the Harbour Ridge dog park. Here, furry friends enjoy on and off-leash puppy play time on agility courses, shaded areas, and walking trails.
5. Inspiring Fitness Regimes
Whether residents are interested in strength training or racquet sports, the 22,000-square-foot Lakeside Amenity Center makes it easy to stay in shape. A full range of cardio and strength training equipment is available, including TRX, aerobics classes, Pilates, yoga, spin, and water aerobics at the aquatics center. Harbour Ridge’s tennis facility is also nationally ranked, with nine Har-Tru tennis courts and eight pickleball courts filled with weekly socials, round-robin tournaments, and more.
6. Innovative Spa Treatments
The Lakeside Amenity Center also boasts a full-service spa, offering European-style services for the whole family. Alongside traditional massage treatments and rejuvenating facials, the spa features a salt therapy chamber renowned for its soothing effects on skin and respiratory conditions. A full-service hair and nail salon, along with a barber studio, offer Members a relaxing pampering experience just a golf cart ride away.
7. A Welcoming Membership
Surrounded by like-minded individuals who share similar interests and values, private golf clubs provide ample opportunities to socialize, forge new friendships, and take part in a variety of community events and activities. Harbour Ridge’s year-round event calendar is carefully designed to create social connections. The Clubhouse serves as the vibrant hub of these events, hosting everything from live entertainment and dances to happy hours at the waterfront bar. The Clubhouse is also home to many Member-organized special-interest clubs, including stitchery, artisans, cards, birding, and a yacht club.
Florida’s Premier Private Golf Club Community
Located on the St. Lucie River, the “Private by Nature” waterfront location of Harbour Ridge Yacht and Country Club makes this the premier golf community on Florida’s Treasure Coast. Just a short boat ride or 10-minute drive away, residents are in close proximity to the lively Downtown Stuart, with delectable restaurants, boutique shopping, and year-round events to enjoy. Just 40 minutes to the south, The Palm Beaches offer even more to enjoy, including the Gardens Mall and world-famous Worth Avenue.
The wide variety of homes for sale within the Harbour Ridge community offers varying price points and styles to suit every need. Move-in-ready rental residences are also available for seasonal Members. For more information, the complimentary digital brochure shares an even closer look at the amenities and lifestyles offered within this waterfront community. Visit HarbourRidge.com or call 772-336-3000 for more information.