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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Home On The Course Newsletter: How Big a Golf Home You Need, Golf Memberships Explained and States of Confusion

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        Our free monthly newsletter, Home On The Course, is just about ready to launch, and it is packed with information any couple searching for a golf home will not want to miss.  In our main feature, we tackle the idea that size matters in the home you choose in a golf community, especially for your retirement years. Based on conversations with customers who purchased a golf community home with our help, we’ve put together a few of the best lifestyle reasons to go large or more compact in the home you choose.
        In our second feature, we re-tackle a subject important enough to repeat every few months -- the wide assortment of golf memberships available to those choosing to live within the gates of a golf community. As the industry consolidates, it is a buyer’s (i.e. new member’s) market, with an exciting but confusing array of membership offers in the Southeast region’s communities.  We scope out some of the most attractive.
        Finally, our sidebar article this month is something of a cautionary notice that our faithful readers may be tired of hearing from us –- the silliness of those “best of” rankings that are the meat and potatoes of publications both online and in print. We found one list this month that may be the silliest of all, the 2016 ranking of “Best and Worst States to Retire.” Spoiler alert: Florida ranks number one, but the second choice will surprise, if not shock, you. (Think large state not named Alaska, with majestic mountains and a population that rivals Luxembourg. Its 70 golf courses cover 98,000 square miles, the 10th largest state in the U.S., and its winters are almost unbearably brutal.)
        We wish there were an independent ranking for most valuable free newsletter about golf communities. We’re confident we would finish near or at the top. You be the judge; subscribe today by clicking here.

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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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