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I may be a little prejudice, but I was really shocked to see my retirement golf community was not listed in the top 10 ! I have no idea how many courses we have to choose from, most are even included in the monthly amenity fee without any additional cost, and those not included are very reasonable with summer rates going very low. However, probably nearly 50 courses with no additional charge to chose from. When I looked, even as far a Arizona, N.&S. Carolina, Tenn., etc. etc. I could not find such a variety or a reasonable monthly fee that included the golf !

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Where is your golf community?

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So, Ann, where is your community?

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How can Myrtle Beach area not be on your lists?

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I agree, as I commented, neither was my community called The Villages of Florida. I have not found any I visited with more golf courses and choices, many with no additional charge other than the regular amenity fee you pay everywhere I looked and only got one or two pools, one or two golf courses, and a recreation center ! ? Some of the places also charged ADDITIONAL to use the golf course(s). I really looked, that's for sure, but never did find anything comparable ! ? I did hear a LOT of negatives about all the courses and low (or no) fees, saying also very difficult to get t-times. I have never found that to be true, but I do admit that I am (probably) a lot more flexible than some who simply can not tolerate NOT getting their preferred day, time and course. I always put in for several courses and get an acceptable time on one of them almost every day !

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I would like to find a wonderful golf community to retire in

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Georgetown Texas needs to be taken off your list. The courses are not in good shape at all. If you like to top it off the tee and roll 200 yards this is the place for you

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Interested in finding a nice golf retirement community. I've looked at The Villages in Florida and like it. But I want to visit any similar resorts that have multiple courses to play. Any suggestions?

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See my posts above Joe. I am not a plant or employee, just an ordinary person from the midwest who did a LOT of looking, I mean a LOT in a number of states. For me (and it is an individual thing for sure), nothing compared. Probably more than 50 golf courses (?), most with no extra charges over the regular activity fee monthly for all things like tennis, all kinds of lessons, classes, and clubs, swimming pools in nearly every cluster of homes, and all kinds of larger Olympic and recreational pools also. If is perfect, no, traffic can get annoying as EVERY single area (village) has automatic gates at EVERY entrance. We all KNOW they don't actually keep out anyone who really wants to enter, but they can certainly make a mess (at times) with lines of people just trying to turn into your own street or area (but you learn how to avoid this usually....LOL.. once you settle in). Kind of silly, but gives people this idea they are perfectly "safe".... LOL .. when everyone knows there is no such place as "perfectly safe". But to find something comparable, taxes, homestead exemption, no state income tax, no extra fees for golf (or VERY reasonable for a select few Championship courses), could not find a reasonable place comparable !

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Have you considered Myrtle Beach? Has everything that you could ever want. There are many communities with multiple courses, obviously none with as many as The Villages, most top out at around 4. But that's not really an issue as we have close to 100 here in the area along the grand strand. While most are not private (a few of those are options too), If you are like myself who enjoys playing multiple courses there are cards that you can purchase, usually for a couple hundred bucks a year that will allow you to play at huge discounts at most of the courses around the area. Let me know if you would like to talk about information in this area.

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Hi Scott,
I heard there are large groups (24-72) that regularly play different courses in Myrtle every Tuesday or every Thursday. are you aware of those by any chance ?

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I have lived in the Denver metro area the last 30 plus years, 20 of those a member of a club. The average club in Colorado is 10k plus initiation (many triple that) with $500/dues with at least 3 months of those unplayable due to weather. A year ago, I moved my company to Santee, South Carolina. Commercial real estate is a third of Denver costs. Housing cost are the same. And to top this off I found a a true gem....Santee is the capital of "cost effective" golf. We are 50 minutes either way to Charleston or Columbia airports, with a gated golf community located on one of the largest, best fishing lakes in the country:
Annual household golf fee: $1,300/annually (2 great courses)+ $750 trail fee
Annual boat slip: $275/annually (yes, this is not a typo!)

I have looked at Sun City(AZ), the Villages(FL), and there is no comparison. Great golf, nice community, friendly people, short drive to nice cities. All at a price that I haven't seen since the 1970's. And I just finish playing 36 holes on a 68 degree day in Janauary. I usually don't endorse anything, but I am glad I'm here!

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I just bought in Pinehurst NC. 700+ holes of golf, more golf courses than stoplights! Yet within 75 minutes of an airport with non-stops to Europe, and great college sports in Raleigh-Durham. Beaches, Myrtle, Charleston, Appalachians, Charlotte all within 3 hours. Top regional hospital and heart center. Real estate still a bargain. Oh, I didn't even mention the value of Pinehurst Country Club is (9 courses!); or the USGA events that come through near-annually (upcoming over next few years: US Amateur, US Senior Womens Open, US Open.

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Mike ... how could you ignore ... Las Vegas?!??I know, I know: people think of Vegas in terms of "The Strip".But the reality is that there's a "real world" outside of the several blocks that constitute The Strip.Within 15 minutes of The Strip are at least 50 (FIFTY!!) golf courses, ranging from the course at which Tiger won his first PGA championship to the iconic Shadow Creek to courses like Bear's Best (a collection of 'famous' holes designed by Jack Nicklaus), from courses that cost $500/round to beautiful, challenging courses that, as a resident, you can get on for as little as $20 (on a Sunday morning, to boot!), from "desert" courses to traditional and "old school" courses, from courses currently part of the PGA tour to ... well, you get the idea.You can play in the desert, you can play in lush grass next to beautiful lakes, on courses designed by everyone from Fazio to Dye to the Golden Bear ....And let's not forget all the other courses that are an hour or less away, such as Wolf Creek in Mesquite or Coyote Springs (between Vegas and Mesquite) and Primm (on the border of Nevada and California).If you're feeling like a travel day, it's only two hours from Vegas to St. George, Utah.

And living in Vegas gives you "locals" pricing for almost everything (including golf), to say nothing of all the world-class, world-famous chefs, restaurants and entertainment (where else, on any given evening, can you have the choice to see the new movie about Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys ... or to go see Brian Wilson, himself, performing ... or pop in to see Rod Stewart or Brittany Spears or Katy Perry or John Legend or Elton John or Celine Dion or any of the several Cirque de Soleil shows or go to local music places to catch great entertainers, including many famous ones who just pop in to sing or play for a bit or ....And of course, there's hiking in the nearby mountains and on paths (about 18 minutes from the strip) or going boating or water skiing or snow skiing (yep, in the winter, you can do both on same day in Vegas, since the mountains get snow even when it's 80 degrees in the valley!).And housing prices are remarkably low, with new construction in abundance, to say nothing of all the homes in literally every price range available everywhere.And, since we're focusing on retirement, let's not forget that there are several gorgeous planned residential retirement-type communities in Vegas (e.g., Sun City).

Oh, by the way, did I mention that, of course, you can play golf pretty much 365 days of every year?

Yes, I think Las Vegas should be included in the top 10.

Just my two-cents.;-)

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Mike you missed some of the great private courses that we have here in Scottsdale, AZ. Desert Mountain, Mirabel, Whisper Rock, and DC Ranch are at the top of the list. As well we are a first class medical destination city with the Mayo clinic and hospital as our anchors. We have world class museums,  fabulous restaurants and many year round cost effective attractions to keep a person busy. Adult education and volunteer opportunities are abundant. So Mike any time you wish to come on over glad to show you around.All my best,Don Mathesonwww.azgolfhomes.com

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Thanks, Don... No doubt, great private clubs in Scottsdale. So much to list there.