The 18th hole at Kinloch, a par 3, is one of the few with adjacent homes.
Richmond does not seem to be on many golfing baby boomers’ radar for a retirement location, which is somewhat mystifying. The city and surrounding area offer everything in the way of services and entertainment, including excellent minor league sports teams and a university -– University of Richmond –- which offers a wide range of cultural and continuing education opportunities. Richmond’s mid-Virginia location puts it a couple of hours from both the mountains and the Atlantic beaches, and about 1½ hours from Washington, D.C. Fine golf communities encircle Richmond; we recall fondly our round of golf at the private Kinloch Golf Club in Manokin-Sabot, VA, a players course with well-trained caddies and a layout by Lester George and legendary amateur golfer Vinny Giles that can stand up to any championship golf course anywhere. (Kinloch played host to the 2011 Senior Amateur championship.) A neighborhood of modern, upscale homes sits adjacent but unconnected to the golf course (few houses are visible from the layout). Across the road from the Kinloch community is The Hermitage, a 36-hole golf course development that is fully grown out and popular with both families and retirees. Homes in Kinloch begin around $650,000, and at The Hermitage they start a couple of hundred thousand dollars lower.
Except for a few freak snowstorms during winter, you can pretty much play golf year round in Richmond’s gentle four-season climate (“gentle” as in jacket or sweater in winter and air conditioning in summer). But on days off from golf, there is plenty of history to encounter in the area and plenty of other pleasant distractions that should move Richmond toward the top of the list for golfing retirees.
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