Retirement means a lot of things to a lot of different people, but for many men — and yes, many women — there is one activity that cannot be ignored: golf.
We took a look at numerous Best-Of lists out there to compile this list of some of the best places to retire for golfers.
Read on to see if you agree — because with so many great spots for golf in the U.S., it’s hard to narrow down the options.
#5: Low Country Living
Dataw Island, S.C.
With stunning views of the surrounding marshes, perfect Southern living abounds in this retirement community that offers some of the best golfing in the state, with two first-class courses that are architected perfectly with the natural surroundings.
#4: Head to the Rolling Hills
Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Creighton Farms (Aldie, Virginia)
West of Washington toward the mountains, this Jack Nicklaus course is based on “strategic thinking and precision rather than power, and creating a memorable experience whatever the skill level of the player”according to course designers.
#3: Deep in the Heart of Texas
Barton Creek Austin (Austin, Texas)
The city of Austin is continuously ranked high or top for golfing destinations and courses. Any number of communities in and around this area can be perfect for golf enthusiasts. At Barton Creek, there are 72 holes, with at least one of the two Fazio courses reserved just for residents each day. The city offers great music and fine dining, with the community focused on the finer things in life as well.
#2: Go West
Hideout Canyon (outside Salt Lake City, Utah)
With a major city at your doorstep, and mountain and water vistas abounding, this community offers relaxing living with a focus on golf. Opened in 2009, The Outlaw championship golf course will leave you stopping every now and then on the course to think “How luck am I?”
#1: The Perfect Retirement
Isleworth (outside Orlando, Florida)
Ranked No. 1 in its list of best places to retire for golfers by Best Retirement Destinations, this 6,000-acre gated community offers great greens just outside of Orlando. Boaters and those interested in living on water will be thrilled with lake access, stunning sunrises and sunsets, and courses that are as beautiful as they are challenging and fun.