When it comes to retirement, a golfer has one question: “Where’s the green?” Active adults looking to settle down in a golfer’s paradise where they can play golf for eight months of the year or more have many options throughout the United States at many different price points.
Whether you opt for the dry, desert climate of Arizona, the humid coastal islands of the East or the cooler mountain regions of North Carolina or Oregon, we’ve got you covered. We’ve researched and come up with the top golfing communities in the U.S. from the East to the West Coast, and a few spots in between.
Top Retirement Hot Spots for Golfers
Most of these areas have over-55 communities you can buy into and when the time comes to settle into an assisted living community, most have those options nearby as well:
1. Scottsdale, Arizona
“If you’re a golf person, it’s golf heaven here,” says Don Matheson, who moved to Scottsdale from Canada 20 years ago “to pursue the American dream.” Matheson is in real estate in Scottsdale and yes, he plays golf.
Scottsdale is such a golfer’s city that the saying goes that the PGA Tour pros who don’t live in Florida, live in Scottsdale. With roughly 200 golf courses in the area and some of the finest weather in the U.S. between October through April, you could play a new golf course almost every perfect day of the year.
The city is expensive and with a population of 246,000, it’s large, compared to others listed here. But large cities bring with them great facilities. The assisted living options are plenty and the hospitals are outstanding.
2. Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Another retirement hot spot on golfer Sullivan’s list is Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.
The Hot Springs Village community popped up in the past few years as a retirement haven for the over-55 set, though it’s open to all ages. It has its own zip code, its own fire and police departments and its own paramedics. There are 12 recreational lakes, 16 tennis courts, a performing arts center, 20 miles of nature trails and yes, golf. There are nine golf courses, which are reportedly “senior-friendly,” but will test even the best players.
Cost of living is excellent. You can get a house for a low as $125,000 and for as high as $1.6M.