I have just started reading a book called "Leisureville: Adventures in America's Retirement Utopias." It is the story of The Villages, the humongous retirement golf community in north central Florida that some of you may have seen advertised on television (Arnold Palmer and Nancy Lopez, two of the course designers for The Villages, are featured). The Villages includes a few dozen golf courses over its 20,000 acres.
I'll write a full-fledged review after I finish the book, written by Andrew Blechman, but I feel compelled to share a quote from one of the opening pages. The author's neighbor, who made the decision to relocate to The Villages with her husband from their quaint New England town, says of her new home:
"I can only equate it to the movie The Stepford Wives. Everyone had a smile on their face like it's too good to be true. But it really is."
I now understand why my wife, who just completed the book, muttered "ohmygod" often while she read it. I am looking forward to the rest of it.
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.