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#1 fixyurdivot

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 11:04 PM

Any forum members live in golf course communities?  We looked at a Del Webb Sun City Festival last winter and were pretty impressed with it.  The golf course was really nice as was the club house, rec center, etc. While we currently live in rural southwest Montana and truly love it here, we can eventually see ourselves moving into 55+ retirement community.  

 

I'd be interested in hearing from those who live in a golf course community, which one, and what you find to be the pluses and minuses.  Also from any who have looked into these developments and what you thought about them. 


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Posted 20 July 2018 - 11:22 PM

I've got an idea for you. Have you ever heard of Hot Springs Village in Arkansas? I've been there a couple of times for golf outings and the courses are great! I've played them all expect the one.. or two? Private courses and the executive course. But there are perhaps 9 others you can play anytime. They're all located within the village and within a mile or less from each other. Lot's of houses and real estate for sale. Very affordable too and nice quite frankly. I've given it some thought myself but nothing serious. But I'd certainly consider it I suppose. I met a guy once that lived and played there. I recall him saying he payed maybe $2000/yr and could play all the courses as much as he wanted. Not sure about a cart. I can't speak about actually living in ARK but seems it's worth a look.

 

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Posted 20 July 2018 - 11:49 PM

We live in The Villages FL. which is a 55+ large community. Right now we have 13 Championship courses and 30+ Execs. and more bring planned. Golf carts are your second “car” as almost everything is cart accessible that includes doctors, hospital and restaurants. There are some downsides but I would never leave here.
If you want I can get you some information.
There’s quite a few cool places around.


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 12:12 AM

We live in The Villages FL. which is a 55+ large community. Right now we have 13 Championship courses and 30+ Execs. and more bring planned. Golf carts are your second “car” as almost everything is cart accessible that includes doctors, hospital and restaurants. There are some downsides but I would never leave here.
If you want I can get you some information.
There’s quite a few cool places around.


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@Plaid I’ve played in hot springs - I had a friend with a time share there. It was great.

@Rick could you go into more detail on the downside because the Villages are on our list.

I’m five years away from retirement. We have the double whammy of finding a place that will be close by where Penny lands. My club has a nice community around it but the golf is too expense be at 485 per month. I have a nice retirement set aside - not that nice though. :(


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 12:14 AM

We live in The Villages FL. which is a 55+ large community. Right now we have 13 Championship courses and 30+ Execs. and more bring planned. Golf carts are your second “car” as almost everything is cart accessible that includes doctors, hospital and restaurants. There are some downsides but I would never leave here.
If you want I can get you some information.
There’s quite a few cool places around.


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I have heard of The Villages as they do quite a bit of advertising.  That may be the largest golf centric community in the nation, maybe even anywhere on the planet?   

 

 

I've got an idea for you. Have you ever heard of Hot Springs Village in Arkansas? I've been there a couple of times for golf outings and the courses are great! I've played them all expect the one.. or two? Private courses and the executive course. But there are perhaps 9 others you can play anytime. They're all located within the village and within a mile or less from each other. Lot's of houses and real estate for sale. Very affordable too and nice quite frankly. I've given it some thought myself but nothing serious. But I'd certainly consider it I suppose. I met a guy once that lived and played there. I recall him saying he payed maybe $2000/yr and could play all the courses as much as he wanted. Not sure about a cart. I can't speak about actually living in ARK but seems it's worth a look.

 

http://hsvpoa.org/golf/courses/

 

Not heard of this place. Thanks.


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 12:18 AM

I have heard of The Villages as they do quite a bit of advertising. That may be the largest golf centric community in the nation, maybe even anywhere on the planet?



Not heard of this place. Thanks.


Saw an article a few weeks ago that it's the fastest growing community in the US.


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 12:35 AM

Saw an article a few weeks ago that it's the fastest growing community in the US.


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i think it is the largest growing in US. Lots of Babyboomers!


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Posted 21 July 2018 - 12:40 AM

@Plaid I’ve played in hot springs - I had a friend with a time share there. It was great.

@Rick could you go into more detail on the downside because the Villages are on our list.

I’m five years away from retirement. We have the double whammy of finding a place that will be close by where Penny lands. My club has a nice community around it but the golf is too expense be at 485 per month. I have a nice retirement set aside - not that nice though. :(


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Costs are not that bad. Houses range from $175k to 1.5million. Everyone has the same amenities no matter what you spend on the home which is the nice part.
Our only big complaint is that the growth is possibly too big. But I think that comes from us coming from a more rural CT upbringing.
We really do love it here even though we complain but we’re seniors and we complain about everything!




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Posted 21 July 2018 - 10:46 PM

I found this list of 55+ golf course communities while poking along the interwebz. I'll include anymore I come across for others who are considering this style of living.  

 

 https://www.golfcour...nt-communities/

 

 

http://www.55communi...ommunities/golf


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 12:15 AM

I found this list of 55+ golf course communities while poking along the interwebz. I'll include anymore I come across for others who are considering this style of living.

https://www.golfcour...nt-communities/


http://www.55communi...ommunities/golf

Interesting that I couldn’t find the largest golf/55+ community in the US on the lists.
Possibly they handle their own marketing/advertising.


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Posted 22 July 2018 - 12:28 PM

Thats great you can go almost everywhere with a golf cart.

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Posted 22 July 2018 - 02:25 PM

I found this list of 55+ golf course communities while poking along the interwebz. I'll include anymore I come across for others who are considering this style of living.  

 

 https://www.golfcour...nt-communities/

 

 

http://www.55communi...ommunities/golf

 

 

Many on the 1st list are not +55 Retirement Communities, but rather resort/retirement communities. There's a major distinction because most +55 communities limit rentals, outside play & use of their amenities. I live in a resort/retirement community and we get tons of off the street use, rentals, noise, obnoxious behavior, etc., that is not tolerated in the +55 places.


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Posted 25 July 2018 - 12:04 AM

Many on the 1st list are not +55 Retirement Communities, but rather resort/retirement communities. There's a major distinction because most +55 communities limit rentals, outside play & use of their amenities. I live in a resort/retirement community and we get tons of off the street use, rentals, noise, obnoxious behavior, etc., that is not tolerated in the +55 places.

 

Great point.  We've had our fill of obnoxious, inconsiderate neighbors.  The pro's outweigh the con's so for us it will be a 55+ retirement community with strict rules. I should have mentioned that being in or within earshot of the Rocky Mountain West is the region we'll consider.  Combine that with not wanting to live in CA, OR, or WA, and that really limits things a bit. 


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Posted 25 July 2018 - 02:12 AM

Great point. We've had our fill of obnoxious, inconsiderate neighbors. The pro's outweigh the con's so for us it will be a 55+ retirement community with strict rules. I should have mentioned that being in or within earshot of the Rocky Mountain West is the region we'll consider. Combine that with not wanting to live in CA, OR, or WA, and that really limits things a bit.

theres a 55+ community in CO that a friend of mine lived in until his way too early death. I don’t rent the name but I’ll try and get it for you.


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