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#31 ThinkingPlus

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 08:58 PM

I play 3-4 times a week when not fishing.  Tournament weeks jump to 4-6 rounds (played 6 days straight in a tournament this past spring).

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Posted 27 August 2018 - 11:25 PM

“Retirement is highly overrated”

I disagree 100%. I retired in 2009 after 30 years in law enforcement and never looked back or regretted it. I stayed active in some community positions (board of directors of a water agency) and in church, but I was happy to get out of the rat race. One of my buddies from work retired and after 6 months went back to work full time as director of security for a high-end golf course. Everyone is different.

As for golf, when I first retired I played 4-5 days a week and I found that was too much. Over the years I’ve settled into two 18 hole leagues on Tue and Thur, and a casual round on Saturday a couple of times a month. I also practice for 2-3 hours on Wednesday, and work at my home course on Monday mornings grooming bunkers. That pretty much pays for my golf. My handicap got down to 3 at one point and I almost shot my age a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 05:42 AM

View Postwmblake2000, on 27 August 2018 - 12:02 PM, said:

View Postgolfgirlrobin, on 27 August 2018 - 07:51 AM, said:

(As a wife, please let me speak for all women when I say, we don’t want you following us around the grocery store.  Please don’t come.  We don’t really need groceries, we just want to get away from you for awhile.)

Haha! My wife says the key to our happy marriage is I play golf and she doesn’t - which gives us plenty of time apart.

People often ask me if my wife plays. I emphatically say, "NO! And I;d like to keep it that way". It wouldn't be an escape if she did, would it?

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Posted 28 August 2018 - 06:30 AM

Retirement is wonderful !!! I was fortunate enough to be able to retire when I was 56 and I'll be 64 next month.

Typically I play 3 times per week but sometimes it can be as little as 2 or as much as 4. We play mostly in the early morning with occasional rounds during the weekend.
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Posted 29 August 2018 - 06:53 PM

Once a week here.


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Posted 31 August 2018 - 02:09 PM

The funny thing about retiring young is none of your friends are retired. So despite the free time and money, my best golf buddies are stil M-F 9 to 5
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Posted 02 October 2018 - 06:37 AM

Golf 3 times a week, sometimes 4 or 2.  Fishing 1 or 2, Chores, Grandkid, Art, Music, and many other interests, including the occasional nap take up the rest of my time.  I worked long hours and traveled frequently during my career.  Now that I have been retired the last couple of years I see how much of my life I was missing due to a demanding career.  BTW my handicap doubled once I retired.

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 06:48 AM

Five days a week.  No golf on weekends because I refuse to play five hour rounds.
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Posted 02 October 2018 - 06:51 AM

It's great to be retired but in terms of golf, more isn't always better.  I find it challenging to stay really sharp.

Between tournaments,  money games, and last minute casual rounds I found myself playing 4/5 days per week, which for me proved to be too much.  First off, it's tough on the body and being sore makes it difficult to play your best.  I also tend to lose the ability to focus as intently as required to play my best.  Enthusiasm for playing also begins to wane...

I find 3 days of actual play plus maybe another practice sessions at the range or short game to be optimal.  More than that equals diminished returns for me for the reasons above. I'm currently playing to a 1 HC but that would surely go up if I tried to play 5 or 6 days per week.


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Posted 02 October 2018 - 06:54 AM

View PostSwisstrader98, on 26 August 2018 - 07:23 PM, said:

Just bear in mind that retirement is highly overrated.

Everyone fantasizes about waking up late every morning, playing golf every day and just lounging around but boredom sets in quick as heck and what makes golf a great escape and a therapeutic process simply becomes part of your daily routine.

I had this happen to me...after about 2-3 months after retiring I felt like my brain was turning to birdsh*t and with a lot of my friends still working, I felt a bit out of sorts. By 11:30AM each day I basically ran out of things to do.

I struggled a bit with what I wanted to do with my life because my career was a big part of what defines me, so i made the decision to go back to work full-time and now find that I get more joy from my career and feeling wanted than a round of golf or two.

There was a study published not so long ago that tracked ex-CEOs that retired and just powered down or off completely and those that stayed active with work or volunteering. First group died on average 10 years earlier than those that stayed active.

Retirement is highly overrated.

Overrated?  Perhaps to some, but to me is the best thing after a long career and working since I was thirteen years old.  Im 51 and retired at 49.

I have been retired for two years and love it.  I play golf as much as I want, do things that always wanted to do, but didn't have the time, my quality of life and health are better, I could go on and on.

Retirement, as everything in life, is what you make of it.  I wouldn't change a thing.

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:02 AM

Great thread.  Retirement is potentially on the horizon for me, good to hear the variety of life styles.  Thing is, already play 3x per week on average.  And I like my job, lots of vacation time and the pay is pretty good. So could just keep working indefinitely.  Well see what happens when grandkids start popping out.  Or corporate cost cutters show me the door.

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 07:47 AM

View PostCarl Spackler3, on 31 August 2018 - 02:09 PM, said:

The funny thing about retiring young is none of your friends are retired. So despite the free time and money, my best golf buddies are stil M-F 9 to 5

Same thing happened to me. I was like YES I can play whenever I want and as much as I want! Then reality bites and I got tired of doing yoga w the wife each morning, then golf and then wondering what to do with myself rest of day. Then all my buddies would be talking about all their conquests at work and I would be like my downward dog has improved tremendously!

Went back to work and find my head is happier feeling like a productive member of society and can still play my golf 2-3 times per day and dont feel as much pressure as I did when I was chasing the dream at 30. Different strokes

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 11:51 AM

I sort of retire every summer as I am in education. Never was one hapoy to go back in mid August because I have too many intrrests to ever get bored. Also I wake up early so my summer schedule is no different than school year. My parents are both retired, 15 years, and they have less free time now than when they were working. I rarely speak to them because they are just too busy. Now thats a littke extreme to me but they like it. I have found that many who cant handle retirement are the ones defined by their job and workaholics. My job is just a job. I enjoy it and its been a great career, but I sure dont live for it. I guess its just the way one looks at life?

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 03:39 PM

I had visions of playing at least 3 times a week, but now that we’re empty nesters, I find I play once every two weeks, but at the range at least twice a week.
Odd, it seems I’m busier than ever.

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Posted 02 October 2018 - 09:19 PM

View PostHackerD, on 02 October 2018 - 07:02 AM, said:

Great thread.  Retirement is potentially on the horizon for me, good to hear the variety of life styles.  Thing is, already play 3x per week on average.  And I like my job, lots of vacation time and the pay is pretty good. So could just keep working indefinitely.  We'll see what happens when grandkids start popping out.  Or corporate cost cutters show me the door.
This is me accept twice a week with one practice day.

I think they are gonna find me either stationary at my desk or drooling around the office.

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 10:13 AM

Yeah, great thread. I'm very likely going to wind up in the early retirement category late next year, as my company is in a 2 1/2 year downsizing initiative. After 30+ years in IT, I'm not particularly looking forward to looking for a new job given my age, and the history of age discrimination in IT. If I decide to call it quits for good, or take an extended break, I'm seriously thinking about selling my condo, buying a 40+ ft class A motor home, and roaming around the continent for a few years playing golf, visiting all the national parks, riding tourist railroads, and drinking a lot of craft beer. I figure I'd walk a single round each weekday in the late morning, and spend the remainder of the day checking out the local area. 'Don't see a need to play on the weekends with the larger crowds and more expensive fees. At this point I have no idea where I'd like to retire permanently, so getting a chance to visit the lower 48 would allow me to scope out some of the areas that may be worth putting down roots.

I'm currently averaging over 100 rounds a year on 85+ courses. I figure I could play 250 rounds a year on 250 courses as I motor around. Burnout is always a possibility, but being in a different locale every few days would hopefully break up the monotony.

Any retires consider the RV route?

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 10:41 AM

I got to retire early (corporate right sizing, - but, I ended up well prepared, despite having school age children). My golf buddies are all still working, so, I practice more than I play.

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 10:51 AM

Practice three and play two (or vice versa) interspersed with a week off or so every month.

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Posted 18 December 2018 - 08:08 PM

Hey Arg,

Last summer I went to Omaha to take a short game lesson from James Sieckmann. After the lesson, I headed west and played Quarry Oaks GC, and ended up joining another single on the back nine for 2-3 holes. He had bought an RV 2-3 years earlier, traveled around the country checking out National Parks and golf courses. Very interesting guy who loved what he was doing!

I retired last year and love it! I play 4-5 times a week but have plenty of other hobbies, too! I became the Assistant Girls HS Golf Coach, and started working a handful of hours a week at Snowstar Winter Park, think skiing/snowboarding/tubing/zip lines. I love the vibe with all sorts of little kids/families having a great time!

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Posted 29 December 2018 - 09:14 PM

Cant wait til Im able to contribute/qualified to answer this thread!


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Posted 30 December 2018 - 11:25 AM

RE:  pubic or private course; how many rounds per week?

Interesting posts.  Thanks.

One key determinant has been overlooked so far, however, imho.

You need to know whether a retired guy is a member of a club, or not.

Why?  Because, at a private course, there is really no incremental cost to for each additional round of golf

You can play 5 or more rounds of golf in a week for the same price as one.

I would bet that most retired guys who play many rounds each week do so as members of a course.

Conversely,  it is relatively easy to find compelling reasons not to shell out another $60 or more each day for a round of golf at a public course, no matter how nice the course.

In fact, in my previous neighbourhood, the public tracks were more interesting than my private course

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 01:09 AM

 Swisstrader98, on 26 August 2018 - 07:23 PM, said:

Just bear in mind that retirement is highly overrated.

Everyone fantasizes about waking up late every morning, playing golf every day and just lounging around but boredom sets in quick as heck and what makes golf a great escape and a therapeutic process simply becomes part of your daily routine.

I had this happen to me...after about 2-3 months after retiring I felt like my brain was turning to birdsh*t and with a lot of my friends still working, I felt a bit out of sorts. By 11:30AM each day I basically ran out of things to do.

I struggled a bit with what I wanted to do with my life because my career was a big part of what defines me, so i made the decision to go back to work full-time and now find that I get more joy from my career and feeling wanted than a round of golf or two.

There was a study published not so long ago that tracked ex-CEOs that retired and just powered down or off completely and those that stayed active with work or volunteering. First group died on average 10 years earlier than those that stayed active.

Retirement is highly overrated.

I actually couldnt agree with this more. Ive been pretty fortunate and retired almost 2 years ago at the ripe old age of 32. At the time i figured "huh guess its time to retire". The first year was a blast. The last 6 months have been absolute he!!  Bored out of my mind. Currently in the middle of moving to a new state and start a new business (or 3). The next time i retire will be the day i take the big dirt nap. Though i prob wont be involved in the daily duties in my 70s-80s but i will still be very much involved putting in at least 10-20 hours a week. The rest of my time will be spent mentoring, charities, travel and golf 2x week.

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Posted 31 December 2018 - 08:44 AM

Guess I'm glad I wasn't a CEO!

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Posted 01 January 2019 - 05:30 AM

 vernon, on 27 August 2018 - 07:52 AM, said:

 Swisstrader98, on 26 August 2018 - 07:23 PM, said:

Just bear in mind that retirement is highly overrated.

Everyone fantasizes about waking up late every morning, playing golf every day and just lounging around but boredom sets in quick as heck and what makes golf a great escape and a therapeutic process simply becomes part of your daily routine.

I had this happen to me...after about 2-3 months after retiring I felt like my brain was turning to birdsh*t and with a lot of my friends still working, I felt a bit out of sorts. By 11:30AM each day I basically ran out of things to do.

I struggled a bit with what I wanted to do with my life because my career was a big part of what defines me, so i made the decision to go back to work full-time and now find that I get more joy from my career and feeling wanted than a round of golf or two.

There was a study published not so long ago that tracked ex-CEOs that retired and just powered down or off completely and those that stayed active with work or volunteering. First group died on average 10 years earlier than those that stayed active.

Retirement is highly overrated.
Boredom?  

Wow.

Not here!  I retired at 60 and am 65 now and haven't been bored a single second.

Golf, fish and PLENTY of stuff to do around the old homestead.  

My wife still works so I've taken over all of the indoor domestic duties as well.

I play 4 - 5 times a week (except when the fishing's really good then maybe only 3 - 4 times.  

Do yard work, housework, laundry or whatever in the mornings and am playing by between noon and one as the rest of the day is mine.

Well, at least until I have to come home and get dinner started!

However, I DO have a contingency plan if in fact boredom ever rears its hoary head.

It's called a nap!

Retirement rocks!

Your reply mirrors my life. I retired early at 52, I was a firefighter, but my wife still works so like you I carry out all the domestic duties (trained by the British Army). Plus my daughter has just had twins and relies on me a lot.

Add to that the fact that I am the maintenance man for all of the family homes, daughter, son and ours, so it can get quite busy.

Despite all of that I usually play 3 times a week and practise one which is enough to leave me always anticipating the next round which is important. As we all know the next round is going to be our best ever!!

I loved my job, by the time I retired I was quite a way up the ladder, but I have never missed it, not for a moment, which has always surprised me greatly but then again I firmly believe that life is too short and you best make the most of what you have.
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Posted 01 January 2019 - 10:49 AM

 nichho, on 01 January 2019 - 05:30 AM, said:

 vernon, on 27 August 2018 - 07:52 AM, said:

 Swisstrader98, on 26 August 2018 - 07:23 PM, said:

Just bear in mind that retirement is highly overrated.

Everyone fantasizes about waking up late every morning, playing golf every day and just lounging around but boredom sets in quick as heck and what makes golf a great escape and a therapeutic process simply becomes part of your daily routine.

I had this happen to me...after about 2-3 months after retiring I felt like my brain was turning to birdsh*t and with a lot of my friends still working, I felt a bit out of sorts. By 11:30AM each day I basically ran out of things to do.

I struggled a bit with what I wanted to do with my life because my career was a big part of what defines me, so i made the decision to go back to work full-time and now find that I get more joy from my career and feeling wanted than a round of golf or two.

There was a study published not so long ago that tracked ex-CEOs that retired and just powered down or off completely and those that stayed active with work or volunteering. First group died on average 10 years earlier than those that stayed active.

Retirement is highly overrated.
Boredom?  

Wow.

Not here!  I retired at 60 and am 65 now and haven't been bored a single second.

Golf, fish and PLENTY of stuff to do around the old homestead.  

My wife still works so I've taken over all of the indoor domestic duties as well.

I play 4 - 5 times a week (except when the fishing's really good then maybe only 3 - 4 times.  

Do yard work, housework, laundry or whatever in the mornings and am playing by between noon and one as the rest of the day is mine.

Well, at least until I have to come home and get dinner started!

However, I DO have a contingency plan if in fact boredom ever rears its hoary head.

It's called a nap!

Retirement rocks!

Your reply mirrors my life. I retired early at 52, I was a firefighter, but my wife still works so like you I carry out all the domestic duties (trained by the British Army). Plus my daughter has just had twins and relies on me a lot.

Add to that the fact that I am the maintenance man for all of the family homes, daughter, son and ours, so it can get quite busy.

Despite all of that I usually play 3 times a week and practise one which is enough to leave me always anticipating the next round which is important. As we all know the next round is going to be our best ever!!

I loved my job, by the time I retired I was quite a way up the ladder, but I have never missed it, not for a moment, which has always surprised me greatly but then again I firmly believe that life is too short and you best make the most of what you have.
Good for you!  I was a firefighter in the 70's (yes, that long ago) before a fall and resulting injury forced me to seek another line of work.  

However, my brother retired as a city fire chief three years ago at age 53 and now when we're not playing or fishing he and I take care of all the extended family duties as well and have a great time doing it.

My only regret is that I wasn't able to retire at a younger age like you and him!

I've long believed that life is made up of many stages/chapters or whatever you want to call it and this was just the next one - and, so far, the best one.


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