08.04.10

Retired and Golfing

Posted in Retirement at 3:57 pm by admin

Many senior citizens love to golf. There is nothing new about this phenomenon. For decades, elderly men and women have taken to the greens when their careers have come to a close. Golf is the perfect leaser activity for a person who is slowing down but still enjoys a good time.
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What is a relatively new phenomenon is the boom of the”Golf Retirement Community.” In the past twenty years or so, thousands and thousands o retirees have decided to sell their homes and move into an independent living facility that caters to their favorite pastime. These facilities are often literally built around golf courses. This gives residents a stellar view in addition to their stellar hobby.

So why is the demand so much higher today? Well, for one thing, many seniors are retiring at younger ages. Those who stop working at 55 still have many active years left, and they want to take absolute, full advantage of those years. And in addition, even those who retire at 65 are, on average, much healthier than retirees two decades ago. Life expectancy continues to climb each year, as does the relative health of today’s seniors.

Most Golf Retirement Communities are being built in the retirement hotspots like Florida, Arizona, and the Carolinas. But Texas has joined the party also. Here is a small list of Golf Communities that are near notable cities in the Lone Star State.

The Bridges at Preston Crossing (Gunter, TX) – This luxurious Golf Community is located between Dallas and Tyler. The 18 hole golf course was designed by legendary champion Fred Couples. If you want to live here, expect large lots and a comfortable environment in a lovely East Texas town.

Havenwood at Hunters Crossing (New Braunfels, TX) – This gated golfing community offers lots from one to three acres of land. It is located in New Braunfels, just a short drive northeast of San Antonio.
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Comanche Trace (Kerrville, TX) – Just northwest of San Antonio, Comanche Trace offers spacious living in a beautiful setting. The golf course is a 27 Hole championship course, complete with a driving range and a luxurious clubhouse. The entire facility totals more than fifteen hundred acres, and includes a fitness center and a small private fishing lake. And community events are aplenty!

Bentwater on Lake Conroe (Montgomerey, TX) – If you want to be near Houston, TX, Bentwater might be your ticket. It’s located just north of Texas’ largest city, and is nestled between the beautiful Lake Conroe and Sam Houston National Forrest. The Golf is fantastic! The country club sports a whopping 54 holes on three unique courses. But besides this, the community is beautifully located close to great shopping, and also near Houston’s International Airport. For today’s active senior, it doesn’t get much better than this.

Of course, there are many more such facilities throughout the state that can cater to golf enthusiasts. As you search, keep in mind that homes or apartments located directly on a golf courses will almost always be more expensive than those located a few blocks away. And many of those off-site homes might be a better fit for many seniors, since their back yards might be quite bit larger. The 16th fairway, after all, is pretty to look at, but does not make for a fully functional backyard barbecue pit.

All in all, those who are retired and golfing can be confident that today’s modern retirement facilities will take care of them. And that’s another great reason to be a senior in the twenty-first century!

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