If you're shopping for a second home, there's a golf community with your name — and age — on it

If you’re shopping for a second home, there’s a golf community with your name — and age — on it

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The scenic 17th at Pine Canyon.
Peter Wong

Your Age
40s

You Might Consider
The Pine Canyon Club, Flagstaff, Ariz.: This 600-
plus-acre community is two and a half hours north
of Phoenix and adjacent to the Coconino National
Forest. The club has one 18-hole
course by Jay Morrish. Home
prices: High $700s to just less
than $3 million.
pinecanyon.net, 866-779-5700

Why It’s Age-Appropriate
About 60 percent of the members at this family-friendly club have two
or more kids, so if you have some rugrats of your own, you’ll be in good
company. The mountainous layout, designed by one of the modern masters
of risk/reward opportunities, is never super crowded,
even during prime weekend hours, which is good news
if you’re still in the workforce. Outdoor enthusiasts will
appreciate the fabulous skiing, hiking and exploring
offered by Flagstaff’s 7,000-foot elevation.

Your Age
50s

You Might Consider
Desert Mountain, Scottsdale, Ariz.: Desert Mountain boasts 33
neighborhoods and more than
1,500 homes in a setting that
climbs to 3,300 feet. The community has six Jack
Nicklaus courses and as many clubhouses. Home
prices, which include golf membership: $800,000-
$13 million.
desertmountain.com, 800-322-0044

Why It’s Age-Appropriate
With a golf-mad membership — and an average member age
of 57 — you’ll never struggle to find a game with your peers
on one of Desert Mountain’s half dozen acclaimed courses. Part-time residents
who only tee it up a few weeks a year will appreciate the comfortable and
dependable desert climate. (Thanks to the city’s elevation, it’s often 5 to 10
degrees cooler than downtown Phoenix.) The surrounding area serves up
countless recreational choices, pro sports teams and fine dining.

Your Age
60s

You Might Consider
Sun City Hilton Head, Bluffton, S.C.: This
13-year-old community 25 minutes west of
Hilton Head has 7,000 homes and roughly
12,500 residents. Amenities
are numerous, including two
Mark McCumber courses, Home
prices: $169,900-$313,990.
suncity.com, 800-978-9781

Why It’s Age-Appropriate
The average age of a Sun City resident is 62, but with the abundance of
activities on hand you might feel like you’re 32. True to its “Active Adult
Retirement” motto, Sun City has two stellar golf courses, tennis courts,
racquetball, two fitness centers, a sports complex, four
pools, and a 14-team softball league. Got grandkids? The
community is just a few miles from Interstate 95 and is
close to both the Hilton Head and Savannah Airports, so
getting in and out to see your little darlings is a cinch.

Your Age
70s

You Might Consider
The Villages, The Villages, Fla.: This sprawling community 50
miles northwest of Orlando spills
into several counties—and even
has its own newspaper! It houses nine regulation
courses, including Havana Country Club (above)
and 24 executive tracks. Homes prices: $49,999-
$850,000.
thevillages.com, 800-245-1081

Why It’s Age-Appropriate
The weather may be the biggest draw (the average
daytime high in January is 70 degrees), but for folks on
fixed incomes, the affordable home and golf prices are
also enticing. Golf at the executive courses is free for life,
and for a manageable fee you can also join the championship courses, two
of which have played host to LPGA events. The Villages is also a great choice
for those monitoring any health issues. It’s home to a variety of doctors and
dentists as well as its own medical center, The Villages Regional Hospital.


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