For a lot of people, retirement is a very liberating phase. It marks the end (for most, anyway) of one’s professional life. He could simply live on his retirement pay as well as his pension, and opt to relocate to beautiful places to enjoy his work-free life. Many baby boomers choose beachfront lodgings. Some baby boomers relocate to exotic places where grand adventures await. There are a number of baby boomers who choose places where business is booming so that they could establish their own. But what does the passionate golfer do immediately after retirement? Alas… he seeks out a place where the best golf courses can be found! Such place he would consider as paradise!
There are many places that can be considered as golfing heaven. Let’s take a look at some of these countries that most people actually fail to consider, but are nonetheless perfect destinations for the avid golfer.
• New Zealand. With cascading hills of pristine beauty, perfect weather most of the year, a climate that’s never too hot and never too cold, and wide expanse of open areas… New Zealand does look like one gigantic golf course! Pick a spot, any spot, in this lovely country, and for as long as you have a ball and your irons at hand, you could easily start a game of golf. Other considerations are also favorable for the baby boomer. Relatively low cost of living, an abundance of post-retirement opportunities, a laidback environment, and world class amenities make New Zealand one of the most excellent destinations for any retiree, more so the golfing aficionado!
• Portugal. If you want to experience a taste of the old world to go with your countless hours of golf, then Portugal is the place to be. They have world class golf courses which are among the most challenging greens in the world. They would take years to master, and since you’ll be spending those years work-free, you have all the time in the world to indulge in what these golf courses have to offer. Living in Portugal would give you the feeling that you’re living in the 30’s. It’s this old world flavor that gives the place its unique charms. Indeed, Portugal is an unconventional destination. But it is extraordinary enough to give you a one-of-a-kind experience.
• Florida. The weather, the low applicable tax rates, the beautiful beaches, the post-retirement earning opportunities… these things make Florida a favorite destination for baby boomers the world over. But with Naples, Punta Gorda, Bay Hill, the Southern Dunes, the Mystic Dunes and the New Course at Grand Cypress ranking as some of the finest golf courses in the world, Florida becomes a very lucrative option indeed for the golf enthusiast!
• Hawaii. Though he cost of living in the island of Hawaii may be a little higher than the other states in the US, there is no denying the tropical appeal that this place possesses… which many people have come to label as paradise on earth. It’s the perfect vacation spot, and there is no reason why it can’t be the perfect retirement destination for any baby boomer. But we’re talking about the gol enthusiast, and immediately, the names Poipu Bay, Wailea, Ka’anapali Tournament Courses, Ko’olau, Kona Country Club and Mauna Kea come to mind. All of these are highly rated golf courses with sceneries and a weather to die for! Paradise on earth, they say? Hawaii is heaven for any golf aficionado!
If you’re planning your retirement destination with a great golfing experience in mind, then the paces we have discussed above are your best bets for the time of your life. Do consider them, and enjoy your work-free years. You have earned it! Enjoy!