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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fantasy Golf Community: One way to compete against the winter blahs

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        We endured nearly three feet of snow a couple of weeks ago in our Connecticut town. In other parts of the state and outside Boston, it was even worse. After a week of mostly above-freezing daytime temperatures, a consistent cold blast has returned and the melt has stopped, except for those areas exposed to long periods of sunshine. One more decent size snowfall and an April 1 start to the golf season in New England will be in jeopardy.

        This is a depressing time of year for golfers in the northeast. I am luckier than most as I am scheduled to play a few excellent golf courses with the SC Golf Rating Panel in the Beaufort, SC, area late in March. (Look for reports in this space next month.) I can’t wait. (No, I mean that, I really can’t wait because, after a two-month layoff, I need a practice round before playing serious golf, and if the Gulfstream brings enough 40-degree days to the Connecticut coast, then I might get in some play in early March.)

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This?

        I have something to look forward to, but those northerners who don’t visit and produce golf course reviews for a living can only dream about warm weather golf. So here’s a modest proposition, especially for those considering buying either a vacation home or a retirement home on a golf course in the warm South. Fill out my free Questionnaire about your preferences for a golf home, and I will respond within a couple of days with a list of golf communities that best match your criteria. And if any of those golf communities strike your fancy, I’ll contact them to see if we can arrange a discounted “discovery package” that, of course, includes golf.

        This is the time of year up North when Florida looks especially appealing. We checked this coming weekend’s weather in Naples and Sarasota, for example, and found expected temperatures in the low 80s with little chance of rain. (We checked airfares from major northern airports to Sarasota, Ft. Myers, Jacksonville and West Palm Beach for this coming weekend and found many fares under $300 round trip.)  Across the Carolinas, it will be wet this weekend, but still warm enough for inveterate golfers to give it a go.  But the long-range outlook for Charleston, Savannah, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington is warm, with a chance of 36-holes a day.

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Or this?  (Audubon Country Club, Naples, FL)

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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.

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