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post #19 of 37

Re: Best Place to live for golf year round

Originally Posted by JYB View Post
A) Florida, closer to Boca Raton than anywhere else.
Yeah, you can golf a lot there... if you can tolerate the fact that it's often 80° by the time it's 6am. You can get some pretty cheap summer rates down there, because nobody wants to golf when it's 95° outside.

I'd pick South Carolina. Florida golf courses tend to be pretty bland, particularly that far south.

I lived in Delray Beach for three years. Thank goodness I was a mile from the ocean, because only the slight breeze prevented me from melting. I kayak fished for shark more than I golfed in the summer months.
post #20 of 37

Re: Best Place to live for golf year round

Originally Posted by twomey7 View Post
I wouldn't recommend it. Golfing in 110 degree heat isn't too enjoyable. I'd rather be in Cali where its around 85 year round or Hawaii.
Well, don't go out at 3pm and you should be fine right? I've golfed in Phoenix in the middle of the summer and it's not all that bad. I'm use to Iowa heat though, it's a little different.
Hawaii's great if you don't mind being called a stupid haole here and there.
post #21 of 37

Re: Best Place to live for golf year round

San Francisco Bay Area you can play golf on December.
post #22 of 37

Re: Best Place to live for golf year round

Originally Posted by JYB View Post
Okay. Here's the big question :

Where in the USA is the best place to live if you want to golf year round? Name specific towns/cities, the size of them, where they are and how many courses are around.
Is this a trick question?

Funny about the US - I cannot think of any place in this country that is not either brutally hot in summer, or not brutally cold/snowy/slushy in the winter.

If you live in the NE or Midwest, you cant play in winter. If you live in SE, South, or SW, you won't want to play in summer.

I can't think of anyplace that is moderate all year. The best option, as you have heard from most other answers, is to go South (anywhere from Cali to SC), and learn to deal with the heat. Either play early (6am tee times), or twilight.

But in winter, even the deep south gets down to 40 degrees regularly, and in the 20s occasionally (ask NC residents about their yearly ice storms). That really only leaves Southern CA, AZ/NM, and FL.

But again, you will have to learn to love the heat!
post #23 of 37

Re: Best Place to live for golf year round

I might be partially biased but I'd say Florida, or specifically Orlando or surrounding areas! You have access to over a hundred golf courses in a 50 mile radius. It can be pretty brutal in the summer, but if you can tolerate the heat you can get some great deals!
post #24 of 37

Re: Best Place to live for golf year round

i love florida golf BUT it's too humid
Vegas I do 1 - 2 times a year, but june - August, I hate the 117 weather.
I'd have to go with San Diego or LA.

you can't beat that weather!
post #25 of 37

Re: Best Place to live for golf year round

Definately Southern California. FL gets hot, rains too much in Hawaii.
post #26 of 37

Re: Best Place to live for golf year round

I moved to south of Houston from Ireland a year ago and have probably played in excess of 70 rounds. There is supposed to be more than 200 courses around Houston, some very nice ones. My only issue is that we get a lot of rain here; on Friday we had like 3" in a couple of hours, which messes things up for the day.
post #27 of 37

I may be biased, but you Colorado has more to offer than you'd expect. When you aren't able to play golf during the winter (which you have plenty of 50-60 degree days), you can head to the slopes and take in a different thrilling activity, skiing. For some reason, skiing and golfing go perfect together, but are polar opposites in terms of time that you are able to do them. In either case, Colorado is home to many of the best known golf architects (Dye's entire family, Jim Eng, Dick Phelps design team, and more). Given that - there must be something attractive about the state. 

 

On another note - none of the posts above talk about pricing. I think that is a very important factor for most individuals out there looking at these posts. Colorado has favorable demographics, housing prices and many great championship courses. The good things it there are usually so many other activities, that if the spouse doesn't play golf, he/she will have plenty to do. 

post #28 of 37

If Myrtle Beach stayed about 70, I'd be in heaven. the golf courses are truly amazing and the people treat you like gold there/

post #29 of 37

One more vote for Hawaii.  Move to Honolulu, play year round golf. Meet some friends on the bases to play more golf.  Meet some friends with nice country club memberships, play more golf.   Island hop, play more golf.  The weather is beautiful, the women are beautiful, and depending where you play, the greens are beautiful. Half the holes on every course could be made into a postcard!  a1_smile.gif

 

 

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post #30 of 37

This wouldn't be too hard to take on a daily basis. The #1 thing on my bucket list is play golf in Hawaii. Thanks for sharing this photo, it's a thing of beauty, Expecting 2 " of snow tonight so I'll go to bed dreaming of being there. Have a great 2012 golf season. !!!!!!!

post #31 of 37

No mention of New Orleans, so I'll throw my city into the ring.  Five really nice courses in the City and probably 10-15 one level below.  TPC Louisiana (Zurich Classic Course) 10 minutes away.  Gorgeous year round - it was 70 degrees today.  One of the best (and toughest) courses anywhere in Money Hill 30 minutes North.  Wonderful place to enjoy golf.

post #32 of 37

Even trying to be objective about it, I don't think you can beat San Diego, my chosen home.    The weather is benign, never getting real hot or real cold.   Occasionally a little rain in the winter, but usually never enough to drive you off the course except for a bad El Nino winter.     Playing near the coast will find comfortable temperatures even in the summer, and if you want some more heat you can just play at one of the inland courses, but even they are usually no hotter than a easily tolerable 90 degrees or so.       The variety of courses is tremendous, ranging from flat to mountains, seaside classic designs to desert-like target golf, inexpensive munis to high end country clubs.    There are enough courses (literally dozens) within a 30 to 45 minute drive of anywhere in the metropolis so that you can always find a tee time, and even though it can be a bit more crowded than some parts of the country it isn't anything like the congested courses at our neighbor up I-5 (Los Angeles) or most other metro areas.   With a golf history that ranges from being the original site of the Crosby (Rancho Santa Fe) to being a regular Tour stop and even a US Open, combined with the presence of the game's major equipment manufacturers, there is an underlying golf "vibe" in the city.    The only downside is our cost of housing is a bit on the high side, but again it still isn't anything like a lot of major cities.

post #33 of 37

I'm biased ,La Quinta/Pam Desert California.  The Fall, Winter and Spring are fabulous.  Just need to get used to the heat for about 3 months.  Good news in the summer everybody gone, the courses are empty and you can play a round in less than 2 hours.

 

 

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post #34 of 37



 

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Originally Posted by localhawaii View Post

One more vote for Hawaii.  Move to Honolulu, play year round golf. Meet some friends on the bases to play more golf.  Meet some friends with nice country club memberships, play more golf.   Island hop, play more golf.  The weather is beautiful, the women are beautiful, and depending where you play, the greens are beautiful. Half the holes on every course could be made into a postcard!  a1_smile.gif

 

 

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That's #13 at Klipper golf course, MCBH on Kaneohe Bay.  Late afternoon, judging by the sun.  I'm guessing you barely finished with daylight.

 

Nothing like golf in Hawaii, and specifically Oahu.  I've lived in Savannah, GA, south Texas, Colorado, and some other places with damn fine weather.  I've also been all over California in the summer and winter.  Hawaii has the most consistently perfect weather of any place in the US.  (It's barely in the US, but it still counts.)

 

Sunrise and sunset vary by only an hour summer to winter.  Never gets below 60, never above 90, and 350 days a year are between 65 and 85.  It rains frequently, but rarely for more than 10 or 15 minutes and, even if it does, you can always drive half an hour and find completely different weather.  There are a lot of courses on Oahu in every price range.  You can find exclusive country clubs, less exclusive clubs, and daily fee tracks at every price point, most which offer annual memberships.  We have jungle, beach, parkland, and links golf.  The extensive network of military bases and courses offers an additional layer of very reasonable daily-fee options.  Resort courses all offer discounts to Hawaii residents.

 

Golf here is actually more reasonably priced and accessible than in many mainland cities.  Cost of living was addressed by some posters.  Yes, rents in Hawaii are expensive.  There are some less expensive residential options, though, and you have to think about what you're getting for your money:  a home within a few miles of the most amazing beaches in the world.  Gas is expensive, but I pay less per month for gas here than I did living in Georgia, because I don't drive as much (it's an island--you can only go so far).  Groceries are more expensive, but I've changed the way I eat and shop.  You will spend much less on clothes here, and you can stop saving for a vacation.  I have no need for a nice car.  My only "recreation" expenses are related to golf:  everything else that's fun to do is free.

 


 

 

post #35 of 37

Southern California (LA to Man Diego).

 

Pros:  Weather that is hard to beat, lots of stuff do to when you're not golfing, a ton of course in all price ranges, lots of golf shops, and superficial women with fake boobies.

 

Cons:  4.5 to 5 hour rounds ALL THE TIME, long/time consuming commutes, heavily used/damaged greens, you're always hitting off mats at the range, and superficial women with fake boobies.

post #36 of 37
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Originally Posted by HeadGolfool View Post

I'm biased ,La Quinta/Pam Desert California.  The Fall, Winter and Spring are fabulous.  Just need to get used to the heat for about 3 months.  Good news in the summer everybody gone, the courses are empty and you can play a round in less than 2 hours.

 

 

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Bwahahahaaa...three months?

 

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