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#61 Sir Larry Wildman

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 04:30 PM

View Postact0fgod, on 18 October 2012 - 08:39 PM, said:

View PostSir Larry Wildman, on 18 October 2012 - 10:15 AM, said:

Winter in Palm Beach and play Seminole, Everglades Club.

Summer in the Hamptons and play the National, Shinnecock, Sebonack, Maidetone, Friar's Head.

Unfortunately for most there are a few things that make this suggestion a no-go.  The money and potentially a bigger issue the connections required for memberships at these places.  If money and connections were no issue, you can't get much better.

I always took these threads to be more about wishful thinking. Aside from that, being a member at two Philly area courses that are currently in the top 10, I don't think getting in those places would be a HUGE issue for myself.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 05:10 PM

If money was not an issue I would retire to Desert Mountain. 5 maybe 6 different Nicklaus courses great practice facilities and I would not have to leave Scottsdale http://desertmountai.../nicklaus-golf/
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Posted 19 October 2012 - 05:10 PM

At 58 years old I read this thread with a little bit more than a passing interest. I'm going to be a middle class (and not upper middle class) retiree. Don't overlook becoming "trailer trash". A more than decent trailer can be had in Florida. Estate trailer, furniture included. There are some damn nice trailer parks in Florida.

All that said; Being an east coast boy... If I can find a place in Myrtle Beach you'll find me there. And in Ohio for the June through September golf season.
Unless I can persuade a certain lady friend to adopt me in Clearwater. Pray for me! :pimp:

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 05:22 PM

Pinehurst!

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 01:46 PM

View PostHackerDave, on 19 October 2012 - 09:41 AM, said:

View Postgolfheaven69, on 18 October 2012 - 09:47 PM, said:

View PostHackerDave, on 18 October 2012 - 01:01 PM, said:

View Posthighscoreinky, on 18 October 2012 - 11:26 AM, said:

For me it would be Hilton Head Island.  Wife is in agreement so that's the plan for us.

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?

Off Island the top three are probably Colleton River, Berkeley Hall and Belfair.   Right now you can get a lot for FREE and some will pay your first years dues to get out.   They are great communities, it's just that people bought on speculation and now have decided not to build a home but the annual dues bill keeps rolling in.   You can google the story from the WSJ discussing the plight/opportunity down there.  

That of course leads to the next question.   How financially stable are these communities?   Haven't looked that closely yet because we are a few years further out than you are. Each community has two spectacular golf courses.   Plenty of options for golf..... plenty of cost to maintain.   I think the annual dues are around $12k a year.   Not horrible when you consider the quality of golf.  They have reciprocal arrangements in the off season so your golfing options are pretty spectacular.

Traffic can be pretty brutal during the summer (peak tourist season) but in my opinion it is worth it.   There is simply so much to do down there.  Biking, fishing, tennis, golf...etc

On Island I think Long Cove is the way to go.   The houses are fairly reasonable and the golf is one of the best in the state.   It's a smaller community so it has only one golf course but it's spectacular (from what I have heard).   Have not played it yet.  Need to get on that!   ;-)
Good info. I'll be there in a few weeks looking around. :)

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Posted 13 March 2013 - 10:51 PM

If the money is no issue Kiawah, hands down for me.
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Posted 14 March 2013 - 07:49 AM

Unconventional thought here but what about St. Andrews?  Maybe not forever, but for a year or two thats a retirement dream.  Learning the Old Course like the back of your hand would certainly enhance your life.  Basically year round golf if you layer up.

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Posted 14 March 2013 - 10:33 PM

If you're thinking of splitting time during the year, I'd recommend Portland, OR in the Summer/Fall and AZ or SoCal in the winter.  Lots of affordable golf in Portland with proximity to great golf in Bend, Bandon and Washington.  Portland is kind of the ideal blend of a cosmopolitan city and a down-to-earth town.  Big enough to support plenty of culture without many of the big city problems (traffic, crime, expensive) and people are genuinely friendly and easy going.   I love it here.  Just wish I could get away for a chunk of the winter.  Gotta address in the long range plan.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 03:18 PM

Going to look st Frisco Lakes in Dallas and Del Web's Sun City in Georgetown Tx next week. Any of you guys have experience with either (or both) of these two properties.

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Posted 16 March 2013 - 04:19 PM

View Postsheppy335, on 18 October 2012 - 02:56 PM, said:

simple for me!  I am going to Myrtle Beach buy a nice house in golf community and a pimped out cart.

What part of MB?


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 06:52 PM

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:16 PM

No one has brought up Austin so I'll throw it in.  Great weather, access to great healthcare (if needed), if you're a music fan Austin is fantastic, quality of restaurants has improved dramatically and there are some great golf courses.  The roads system is a bit funky but that's about it.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:29 PM

Austin is on our list of places to check out.   We have never been there but have heard great things.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 07:53 PM

Florida is just too darn hot & humid (well, Miami, as my younger sister lives there & I've been there plenty of times)... how's North Carolina? I've heard & read that weather is good and it has awesome golf courses everywhere. Maybe San Diego, but do they suffer from earthquake problems like the rest of California?

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 08:23 PM

View PostGuia, on 15 October 2012 - 10:16 PM, said:

$125 K is not a lot to retire on unless it is at a Golf Community.  There are a number of golf retirement communities in AZ and Florida.  Phoenix is like living on the face of the Sun,  I would shoot for
Florida or southern Alabama.  Both are very affordable.
125K a year is a lot in retirement!  That is 3x the family income of working people...


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:47 PM

I disagree, 125K is not a lot of money.  I am retired and make 125K a year, with mortgage, vacations, car
payment I can afford a club that was 6K to join and $350 a mo.  If you go to Phoenix (hotter than Hell), you will pay $100 per round of golf and up.  San Diego is great for weather but the cost of golf is very high as are the taxes.  I used to work in Maui, great place but golf is very expensive.  I assume since
you are retiring for golf you want to play 3 - 4 times a week, factor in playing at different courses so
you don't get bored.


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Posted 17 March 2013 - 09:59 PM

View PostGuia, on 17 March 2013 - 09:47 PM, said:

I disagree, 125K is not a lot of money.  I am retired and make 125K a year, with mortgage, vacations, car
payment I can afford a club that was 6K to join and $350 a mo.  If you go to Phoenix (hotter than Hell), you will pay $100 per round of golf and up.  San Diego is great for weather but the cost of golf is very high as are the taxes.  I used to work in Maui, great place but golf is very expensive.  I assume since
you are retiring for golf you want to play 3 - 4 times a week, factor in playing at different courses so
you don't get bored.
well, most people should not have debt when they retire.  Car payments and mortgage in retirement?  What Financial Planner would recommend that?

And in Phoenix, they have plenty of private clubs you can join so you don't have to pay $100 per round.

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Posted 17 March 2013 - 10:07 PM

Should not and have not are 2 different things.  I retired at 62, I am reasonably healthy and expect to
live quite a while.  I play golf with 2 gentlemen who are in their 80s and going strong, carry a low
handicap, and walk the course.  You don't hibernate because you retire, this is the time to start living
your life, new things, new challenges.  I don't have a rocking chair, but do live in a gated community,
have a mercedes, a younger wife.  Life is good, but not excessive.  

My grandmother lived to 100, I am going in July to my uncles 93rd birthday.  Don't scrimp on your
afterlife.  Oh yea, I retired in Albuquerque, NM, great weather all year and many courses
around at low cost.  The stage coach comes through once a week so travel is no problem.

Edited by Guia, 17 March 2013 - 11:41 PM.


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Posted 19 March 2013 - 11:08 AM

Palm Springs in my opinion is over rated golf wise. Yes there are plenty of good courses but 99% are very expensive, even to join. Green fee play there for retirement is very tough, it will bleed u financially. Phoenix is BIG, but the golf is abundant and more affordable. Lots of other options as well like all the great college and pro spectator sports(football,basketball, baseball,hockey etc etc), something Palm Springs doesn't have. Very hot in the summer and summer seems long here but heat is why we come south. I think the snowbird option is best in Arizona. But myc hoice for retirement would be South Carolina. The golf is incredible, the costs are affordable. I suggest joining a club with good recipricals with other courses. That will keeo your costs down and still give you some variety of good layouts as well as allowing you a bit of a tournament schedule if you and the wife like to play a bit of comptetive golf. The other great aspect to SC is the light travel if you chose to travel. You can skip into North Carolina or Georgia, or head south to Florida with very little effort. Lots of cheap flights, and easy drives. SanDiego used to be my favorite place on earth to go and stay for a few weeks to golf and enjoy the area. It still is a wonderful place to go, but with the skyrocketing costs there, combined with the population boom, it's no longer the great retirement mecca it used to be. Head to SC, it's got everything you'll want for a great 10-15 yrear stretch. The fact that memberships at tons of courses are available at good prices and green fee rates are down at dozens of very nearby courses, it's an easy choice. It also offers a rare 12 month golf season. Cool, perfect,hot,and finally perfect again. That;s winter,spring,summer,and fall.

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Posted 19 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

Probably Sea Island.. There's a reason why lots of the pro's settle there.


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Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:56 AM

I'd either move back home to Texas.... Texas Hill Country probably and join a club out there or move to Pinehurst and join Dormie Club and build a house there.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:13 AM

View Postprofsmitty, on 16 March 2013 - 03:18 PM, said:

Going to look st Frisco Lakes in Dallas and Del Web's Sun City in Georgetown Tx next week. Any of you guys have experience with either (or both) of these two properties.

When I visited Dell Web's in Georgetown I wasn't impressed.  It is located in the boonies, and very car dependent, too bad.

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Posted 20 March 2013 - 07:45 PM

hoping to be at the villages of florida at some point. Either full time or wintering there!

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

Didn't see this mentioned by anyone yet, maybe I missed it.. but Arkansas is fantastic.  Grandparents live in the very far NW corner and it is just filled with fantastic places to golf!  I could see myself in that area totally.

Being from Minnesota I like my seasons, and AR has that still but just warm enough to almost never get the snow.  Only about 1-2 months when you cant really golf.  TX, AZ and FL seem to hot but maybe in 30 years I will feel different.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

Have fun in FL - if you like rain delays


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Posted 24 March 2013 - 04:13 PM

17 mile drive.

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 09:20 PM

View Postsubrosa, on 24 March 2013 - 04:13 PM, said:

17 mile drive.

Hope you have $17 million in the bank.

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:39 AM

View PostThug Hunter, on 15 October 2012 - 04:50 AM, said:

View Postrvgolfer, on 14 October 2012 - 09:23 PM, said:

......... and the longer you are in a warmer climate, the more your body will climatize to the higher temps.

Great post except this part, but I disagree with one thing.  I've lived in Texas for 30 years and I still melt every day I walk out the door during summer months.  I absolutely can't stand the summer heat here, which is why I will most likely move away when I retire.

WOW....I'm fairly heat in-tolerant and I lived in Austin for 4 years in the early 80's while in the military.  I never once found the heat there an issue....because there is rarely humidity that accompanies it.  I went from there to south Georgia.....now THAT is HEAT!!!  80-90 with equal parts humidity is brutal.

BTW....My first year in Austin there was a month long stretch on highs over 100 every day.  Again - it was a non-issue for me because there was nearly 0 humidity to accompany it.  30 years later, Austin is STILL the BEST place I have ever lived.  Just my 2 cents...

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Posted 25 March 2013 - 09:51 AM

St. Andrews.  Wouldn't think twice about it.  My girlfriend probably would though.

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Posted 31 March 2013 - 10:25 PM

I am in the midst of planning mine right now and at 62 will start my retirement next year. My kids and grandkids will not let me sell my MN lakehome
so will be wintering in the south. My interests are golf, motorcycling, and hunting so I am going to sell my house, spend summers at the lake and buy
a motorhome with a trailer for the Goldwing. I am planning to spend the first winter in Alabama playing the courses of the Robert Trent Jones Trail and
motorcycling, North Carolina and Tennessee weather permitting.

Fly back home for Christmas as we always spend a week to 10 days at the lake doing Christmas, snowmobiling, and ice fishing with our kids and grandkids.

The second year it will be back to Alabama or another spot. A 12 month membership that includes play on all but two of the RBT courses and range balls is only $1800.00. Parking for the motorhome will be around $400.00 a month. One can purchase one heck of a nice camper for around $250,000.00.

Buying the motorhome this summer and giving it a trial run at Sturgis in August.

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