Retirement is a season of life when people typically have freedom to relax and enjoy themselves. It can be a time to travel, reconnect with favorite pastimes and hobbies, and pursue new interests and passions. For some people, one of those pastimes is Golf.
The health benefits associated with golf, sometimes referred to as “the game of a lifetime” since people of all ages can participate, range from improved cardiovascular fitness to increased flexibility. Golfing also helps older adults connect with nature, which can boost the spirit and lower the risk for depression.
Whether you are a beginner or an expert, a golf getaway with friends can be a great way to kick off retirement.
Golf Getaways for Retirees
- The Masters Tournament: Springtime in Georgia is beautiful, and a good way to experience it is with a trip to watch The Masters Tournament in Augusta. This tournament is perhaps golf’s most legendary event. The sport’s top golfers will compete for the treasured “green jacket” this year April 5 through April 8.
- Golf trips for beginners: If you’ve decided to make golf one of your new hobbies during retirement, combining a beginner-friendly course with a weekend getaway might be of interest. Myrtle Beach is home to The Wizard Golf Course, the Valley at Eastport Golf Club, and the Myrtlewood Golf Club, all considered to be player-friendly courses. If you’d like to head west, the Phoenix-Scottsdale area is home to a variety of less difficult courses. You might want to book a tee time at the Patriot Course at the Wigwam Golf Club, the Verde River Golf & Social Club, or the Talking Stick Golf Club.
- Golf trail getaway: A fun winter vacation for golfers of all skill levels is to follow the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. With 11 different Alabama golf resorts along the trail, it’s a trip you can enjoy for a few days or a few weeks. Alabama’s moderate winter climate makes this an especially enticing getaway for northerners looking to escape the cold and snow.
- Northern Michigan: One of the most scenic golf destinations in the country is northern Michigan. Golfers can play on greens that run alongside Lake Michigan, near the award-winning Sleeping Dunes, or at the charming, geranium-lined Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. A word of caution, though—book early! Reservations for northern Michigan’s resorts and hotels often fill by early spring.
- Pebble Beach: Considered by many to be the top golf resort in the country, Pebble Beach has hosted the U.S. Open Championship five times. The U.S. Open will make its return to Pebble Beach in 2019. While this trip might put a dent in your budget, Pebble Beach is legendary and is a destination to put on your bucket list for retirement.
- International golf travel: International golf trips are another popular way to enjoy retirement years. Golf Digest ranks the leading golf courses outside the United States as follows: Royal County Down in Northern Ireland; Royal Melbourne in Australia; St. Andrews, Royal Dornoch, and Muirfield in Scotland; and Cape Kidnappers in New Zealand.
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