Where would you retire to golf?
Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:02 PM
What is your time frame? There are some SCREAMING deals right now if you plan to retire in the next 3 years or so.
We have a vacation condo in HHI now and are thinking about a home at some point. It will either be HHI or the gulf side of Southern Florida. There are so many excellent golf communities. Maybe to many.
Seriously considering HHI. Time frame 3-4 years. Definitely a private club. Which do you suggest?
Private? Long cove hands down
Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:14 PM
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Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:10 PM
We're renting for our first year but I need to get busy finding a club to join and a permanent place to purchase. I like the heat much better than the cold, and in all honesty it's hot most everywhere in the summer except the northern most states. On the way down here I froze my butt off in Greenville, SC and also in Ponte Vedra Beach yesterday (played Sagrass CC). South Florida, particularly the east coast near the ocean almost always has a nice breeze.
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 09:11 AM
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I'm nowhere near retirement age and am looking at property in Pinehurst now! That's the ideal location for me.
Posted 08 December 2018 - 12:06 AM
A couple of things in this post stuck out to me. We have owned an oceanfront place in Hilton Head for 24 years. We haven't noticed any increase in ocean levels. I am certainly concerned about weather trends etc but this is being overblown in my opinion. The island always experiences beach erosion, but they replenish the beaches every 5-10 years. Hurricanes are a MUCH bigger risk, but again in 24 years we have been hit once and for the most part we lucked out.
There is no question that real estate sits a bit longer in the HHI area. There are simply so many golf communities competing for a limited population. Dues are high, but so is the quality of golf and amenities. We plan to buy where we are happiest. The kids can figure it out when we are no longer around.
I love the winters in Scottsdale but I'm not certain being one of the most rapidly growing cities is that smart being desert and all.
Have not visited Reynolds yet, but it sure sounds nice. I also like the idea of Greenville SC. The Cliff communities sure look nice.
Kiawah is spectacular and priced accordingly. Probably a tad rich for our blood.
As far as assessments go, they seem to vary by the club. We have been members of a private club for 21 years and have had few assessments and the ones we have had were small. I am sure there are some that operate differently and hit you often. That info should be readily available.
Posted 08 December 2018 - 01:22 AM
Posted 08 December 2018 - 07:29 AM
Your a lucky man then. Love CR and there are quite a few retired expats living down there as you know. Would be a place to go in the winter for sure.
Personally, I would choose Cabo over CR. Cabo has much better golf courses.
Posted 08 December 2018 - 07:46 AM
6. I have looked at Texas too, but I would need to do something in the summer, which may be true with SC as well. No income tax is a huge deal as well.
I've been retired in Austin for seven years. Yes, you will need to escape the summer heat. We do most of our travel during the summer (Colorado, Idaho, Wisconsin, Canada, etc.). You will have that same issue anywhere in the south and especially on the southeast coast.
There are very few places that have great golf weather year round (Southern CA is the only place that comes to mind) and the costs are astronomical, so you should plan on leaving for either the summer or winter.
That's a great plan if you can afford it. The reason we chose not to is that it would compromise the house and club we could afford. Also, it greatly increases your need to take care of houses. Talk to people who have two houses. I know a few who gave it up after a few years for a variety of reasons.
Lots of clubs have no assessments because they are not member owned. But if you are concerned about costs, maybe a private club is not for you. Fact: Clubs cost more than public golf. Fact: Clubs are wonderful places to meet people and make lifetime friends.
Posted 08 December 2018 - 08:24 AM
Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:04 PM
What are your favorite private courses out your way. I was looking at Cordilera and really liked it.
Posted 08 December 2018 - 06:27 PM
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 02:13 PM
3. San Diego
5. Gulf Shores, AL
6. Hilton Head
7. New Smyrna Beach, FL
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 02:40 PM
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Posted 09 December 2018 - 06:15 PM
We go to Cabo or Puerto Vallarta every year and love both of them. I've never had a problem in Cabo with the police or crime. Cabo has some of the best courses in the world. I could easily spend winters there.
Posted 10 December 2018 - 12:18 AM
This is one of the more ignorant posts I've come across on this site and I'm surprised it hasn't called out for its politicization of an innocent question. But since you brought it up, unions and the GI Bill created the middle class. "Illegals" are doing jobs we don't want to do. And if you're going to hate on foreigners, hate on the ones actually taking our jobs who happen to still be in their home countries working in factories put there by American companies drawn by the slave wages allowed there. California is the 6th largest economy in the WORLD and will do fine without your racism. Bye.
Actually, YOUR post is one of the more ignorant posts I've seen on this site and I'm surprised it wasn't called out for calling someone (who you don't know) something as vile as a racists. Just because someone wants secure borders and wants / expect people to respect our counties laws and sovereignty doesn't mean they are a racists.
To bring back a post that was 5 years old to make a comment like that was stupid and says more about you than it does the other poster.
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Posted 10 December 2018 - 12:31 AM
If you are looking for "less crowded", then don't count on Bluffton anymore. 15-20 years ago maybe. It used to be 1 square mile and now it is over 50 square miles and home prices as well as the cost of living going up. Driving around Bluffton and HHI is a mess today. There are accidents almost daily on 278 which backs traffic up for miles.
I still enjoy it here (I've been here full time for over 15 years now) but the area has lost it's charm. We're starting to look a little farther south in the Pontre Vedra area. Great golf there and you have Amelia Island, Jacksonville, St. Augustine close by as well as Sea Island.
Posted 10 December 2018 - 07:18 AM
1. Full-time travel for 3 years (I have a camper)
2. Destin, FL
3. Ft Myers, FL
4. Eastern NC
5. Eastern SC- I used to have a condo in Myrtle Beach. Sold it and not sorry that I did.
I selected eastern NC. About halfway between Pinehurst and Myrtle Beach. I am a member of a local country club that I can walk. It's about 6500 from back tees with champions bermuda greens and is a Donald Ross clone course. Walking was a big factor. I hate to ride carts. Decided against full-time travel and if we ever decide to take an extended trip with the trailer, we can do it. A pretty good selection of golf courses within a 2 hour drive. I think my routine when the weather warms is 2-3 rounds at my home course and a travel round so golf 3-4 times per week.
I liked FL but was raised in the midatlantic so I like the 4 seasons of NC.
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