One of the best ways to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle into your senior years is the sport of golf. Instead of placing strain on the body, golf simply requires some light conditioning, soaking in the sun, and is also an excellent outlet for socializing. As we’ve explained before, light exercises for seniors and socializing are important for staying healthy and living longer. If you’re already an occasional to daily golf player, you’ve likely been thinking about the possibility of golfing once you’ve retired.
Best Golf Destinations for Seniors in the United States
Despite entering the list at a slightly higher price mark than some of the other locations on this list, SCottsdale is still an ideal spot to consider if you’re financially able to cover the costs. The neighboring homes and condos are a little pricey, but there more than 200 golf courses to choose from in the surrounding greater phoenix metropolitan area. You could easily play a new course every week for a year and still not have hit every course. Golf.com recommends trying Mountain Shadows first. The course originally opened in 1961, and since then has become one of the top drawing courses in the state. The course is not too punishing and even has an extra bonus hole (called 17.5) for settling bets. Other must visit courses include Troon North, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, Southern Dunes, The Boulders, and the Grayhawk Golf Club. Ideally, you’ll want to find a course with a reasonable membership rate and that is located near your home or retirement community. Most of the year, the weather is practically perfect for golfing. Sunshine and 60-80 degree temperatures enhance the experience, but summer time can be particularly rough. However, if you’re able to brave the conditions and properly prepare for the sun, the bargains are pretty great statewide.
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
One of the best retirement communities in the Arkansas area is the Hot Springs Villages. This destination for gold retirees is catered to those looking to sharpen their game or just hop in a pick up game. The weather is ideal, and comes along with a relatively low cost of living. The surrounding area is pristine, and there are a variety of sports clubs offering boating, kayaking, tennis, croquette, and other activities. Plus, because the course is catered for seniors, the traversing isn’t arduous and the rates are affordable. The community is even partnered with neighboring courses in the Ouachita region to give you even better discounts and more options.
St. George, Utah
St. George is one of the ten largest cities in Utah, and is also one of the most popular retirement communities for golfers in the country. The town of 75,000 is overlooked by the red rock bluffs, and the weather is nearly perfect year round because it doesn’t quite as severe winter weather as the rest of the state. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can go for a picturesque hike through the nearby Zion National Park. Dazzling mountain views, resplendent bodies of water, and a quiet community tailored to the family oriented Mormon faith, this area of Utah is ideal for retirees from all backgrounds. Some other great golfing locales include Entrada at the Snow Canyon Country Club, Coral Canyon Golf Course, the SunRiver Golf Club, the Ledges Golf Club, Sunbrook, Sky Mountain Golf Course, and the Sand Hollow Golf Resort. For more golf, you’re never more than an hour’s drive from Mesquite, Nevada, another golf locale.
If Scottsdale isn't your speed or in your budget, Tucson is the next best Arizona region for low cost, nationally renowned golf courses for retirement. Tucson was actually ranked by Forbes as one of the top 25 places in the U.S. to retire. Some of the best courses in the “The Old Pueblo” include the The Gallery Golf Club, The Golf Club, Dove Mountain Golf Club, OMni Tucson National Resort, and the Sewailo Golf Club. The weather is bit milder than the Phoenix metropolitan area because of the lower elevation, so if you’re averse to the heat, Tucson might be the better option for Arizona golfing. Plus, average cost of living is 4% lower than the national average.
Massachusetts is not usually brought up in the conversation of best golf courses in the United States. However, no matter what region you settle down in across MA, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the high amount of courses available to try out, plus the distinctive layouts and well maintained fairways. Some of the best courses to check out include the rolling hills at Taconic Golf Club in Western Massachusetts, teeing up at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Martha’s Vineyard, testing your putting skills on the tight greens at Easton Country Club, or raising your game for two award-winning courses at Stow Acres Country Club. Cape Cod and the Berkshires are some prime locations if you can afford it, and there are plenty of options in South Boston such as the Granite Links Golf Club and Pinehills Golf Club. There are also plenty of options for affordable assisted living in Massachusetts to check out.
Wisconsin is another underrated golf destination for retirees. In fact, the U.S. Open was held at Erin Hills and Sand Valley in 2017. But there are even more great courses to choose from whether you’re in Milwaukee, Madison, Wisconsin Dells, or Kohler. Some of the top names in golf architecture have left their mark in Wisconsin, including Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, and Robert Trent. Golf Advisor ranked the top courses in the state as the CHampion Course at Wild Rock Golf Club in the Wisconsin Dells, the Straits Course at Whistling Traits in Sheboygan, Timber Ridge Country Club in Minocqua, and the Links Course at Lawsonia in Green Lake. Wisconsin has the temperate climate during the summer and friendly communities to make this a hot destination for retirees to locate to. If you’re outdoorsy and aren’t afraid of weathering the winter, search for assisted living in Wisconsin and find your next golf destination.
Looking to the future
At Landmark Senior Living, our goal is to create the utmost in independent living for every one of our senior housing residents. Our independent living program is tailored to each individual’s needs and includes robust daily exercise, yoga, & strength training classes available for senior fitness enthusiasts. Plus we have transportation option are always ready to assist our residnets if they want to play golf. Our relative proximity to some of the best golf destinations for retirees makes us an ideal choice for retirement. Our broad range of activities and events will help you to take care of your mental and physical health.