Originally Posted by localhawaii
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!
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.