Golf cart communities in the Southeast -- from DC to Florida

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Golf cart communities in the Southeast -- from DC to Florida

Post by bill99 » Sun Jun 28, 2009 6:11 pm

Am considering a golf cart-oriented community for our next move. I.e., one where you can get to shopping, restaurants, doctors, etc., by golf cart, as well as by car.

The Villages comes to mind. And my niece said they have that in Peachtree City, near Atlanta. But that's all I've come up with.

The key is access to more than just a golf course and clubhouse.

Anyone know of others in the Southeast states?

Thanks,
Bill

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Post by btenny » Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:34 pm

Look up the Sun Cities title. There are several Sun Cities in Arizona and one in southern California. Most of these have lots of golf cart paths and roads that allow golf carts. Sun City Arizona has all kinds of areas where people go for months at a time driving nothing but their golf carts. They can go to the store, the golf course, dozens of restraurants, hospitals, shopping centers, etc.. The key is a state and area that allows Low Speed Electric Vehicles (LSEV) on roads with speed limits up to 35 MPH. So you register your golf cart (equipped with head lights, etc. ) as a regular LSEV and pay a liscense fee and your good to go on any road with a speed limit less than 35MPH. This law is good throughout Arizona. Thus many people in other areas of ARizona besides Sun City use LSEVs as a conservation statement. Most of these people have the GEM electric car that is a fancy golf cart. You could get a tax rebate for these back when. Also you need a city and climate that is good enough to use a cart for much of the year.

Good hunting.
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Post by bill99 » Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:07 pm

Thanks for the info, Bill. Wow, they even have an acronym. And here I thought they were just golf carts. :-)

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Re: Golf cart communities in the Southeast -- from DC to Flo

Post by gatorman » Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:08 am

bill99 wrote:Am considering a golf cart-oriented community for our next move. I.e., one where you can get to shopping, restaurants, doctors, etc., by golf cart, as well as by car.

The Villages comes to mind. And my niece said they have that in Peachtree City, near Atlanta. But that's all I've come up with.

The key is access to more than just a golf course and clubhouse.

Anyone know of others in the Southeast states?

Thanks,
Bill
You might have a look at On Top of the World in Marion County, Florida. It is smaller than The Villages, but has access to 2 shopping centers and several restaurants via golf cart. Doctor access might be a problem, but dentist access would be ok.
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Post by Taylor Larimore » Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:27 am

Hi Bill:

There is Shangrala called "Fisher Island" reached by Ferry in Biscayne Bay near Miami Beach. All residents own a golf cart for transportation. Some own large yachts and helicopters.

I read that its residents have the highest average income of any zip code in the U.S. so be sure you have good credit to obtain a large mortgage.
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Post by SteveB3005 » Mon Jun 29, 2009 6:56 am

Those communities are a little too much of an "out to pasture" lifestyle for me, but we're all different and that is a good thing. I think the next best thing would be one of these efficient and affordable patio homes that seem to be cropping up in the suburbs.

Close to shopping, health services, municipal activities, and sports recreation. Most larger cities have a fairly good public transportaion system to access these and you keep the vibrancy of being part of the big community.

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Post by rwwoods » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:21 am

In Florida a LSEV must have lights and seat belts, have a top speed of 25 MPH and be registered and insured. It is allowed on all roads with speed limits no higher than 35 MPH, but you can cross roads with a higher speed limit.

Golf carts must have a top speed of less than 20 MPH and must have lights for travel at night. They are allowed on roads with a speed limit of 30 MPH or less and cannot cross roads with a higher limit unless expressly permitted.

We visited most of the active retirement communities in Florida before we decided to move to The Villages. We put about 5000 miles per year on our golf cart getting around town.
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Post by tadamsmar » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:35 am

Bald Head Island is a golf-cart oriented community, not far from Wilmington, NC, where cars are not allowed:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bald_Head_ ... h_Carolina

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Post by Patchy Groundfog » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:02 am

Sun City Carolina Lakes in Fort Mill, SC, just south of Charlotte, has a golf-cart lifestyle, as they call it. There's also Sun City Hilton Head, which I imagine has the same amenities, but not the access to a large city and airport that Fort Mill offers.

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Post by SteveB3005 » Mon Jun 29, 2009 8:30 am

rmwoods wrote,
We put about 5000 miles per year on our golf cart getting around town.
Wowser, thats 13 miles a day, everyday. How long does a set of golf-cart tires last you?

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Post by rwwoods » Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:47 am

Steve, the tires last about 2 yrs. A new set costs $190.
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Post by Mel Lindauer » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:05 pm

bill99 wrote:Am considering a golf cart-oriented community for our next move. I.e., one where you can get to shopping, restaurants, doctors, etc., by golf cart, as well as by car.

The Villages comes to mind. And my niece said they have that in Peachtree City, near Atlanta. But that's all I've come up with.

The key is access to more than just a golf course and clubhouse.

Anyone know of others in the Southeast states?

Thanks,
Bill
Something to keep in mind when you have your list complete and you're making your final decision is that Florida has NO income tax.

FWIW, I have friends who moved to The Villages from PA and they absolutely love it there.
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Post by soaring » Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:22 pm

The Villages is a great place but go and stay for a month or so to be sure you want the intense life style. There are plenty of side dirt roads for golf carts.

the 75,000+ folks over 50 sq mile, not sure about that sq mi figure but it is in parts of two counties. There are so many communities from mobile home parks 25 yrs ago to very expensive single family home communities with shopping and medical facilities that it is a place to check out. There is even a cart path over a major highway (US27/441).

There are 20+ par 3 golf FREE courses but they are always packed. Also a few 18 hole courses..not free of course.

www.thevillages.com
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Post by btenny » Mon Jun 29, 2009 2:52 pm

I agree that you need to check out the lifestyle before you commit to buying in one of these places. I thought I liked the Sun City idea but my wife hated the idea. There are lots of issues besides how many golf courses the area has. I was concerned about living in a city where most of the population was 75 or older so we visited the Arizona Sun City. I went grocery shopping to get a few things to "measure" how I liked it. WOW. What an experience. It took me over an hour to buy 4-5 things. I spent maybe 45 mintues in lines waiting as the old people ahead of me took 10 minutes each to ask questions of clerks and make decisions on what kind of lunch meat they wanted or how many coupons they had in the express check out line, etc.. Then getting in and out of the parking lot was also a mess, everyone drives SO slow and every car takes 5 minutes to park. Same thing when I went to the pool area. All the people were very old and looked it and acted it. I guess I may be too young (60s) and still like normal beaches where you get a mixture of young and old. Then there is all the can't do this and that with your house issues. So we are not talking about the Sun Cities any longer. ...

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Post by hudson » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:12 pm

Badin, NC has a golf course...is a French built city...and allows Golf Carts. It's also on the Yadkin River...Badin Lake. A state park is nearby. It's in the Uwharrie Mountain Region. Prices are very reasonable.


http://www.badin.org/ord07_1.html

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Post by mathwhiz » Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:23 pm

One thing about the Villages that always gives people a chuckle.

STD's run rampant in the community. :shock:

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/9283707/detail.html

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Post by rwwoods » Mon Jun 29, 2009 9:26 pm

Don't always believe what you read in the Orlando paper. They have some type of axe to grind with The Villages.

BTW, the average age of new residents in The Villages is 58.
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Post by 3CT_Paddler » Tue Jun 30, 2009 2:10 pm

mathwhiz wrote:One thing about the Villages that always gives people a chuckle.

STD's run rampant in the community. :shock:

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/9283707/detail.html
Great link... who knew those communities were so "active".
Local 6 featured Louis Franklin, who used to date in the community at least three times a week.

"I have had a better dating life since I have been here than I have ever had," Franklin said. "I know there are things going around."
So "date" is the term they use for it. :)
A doctor blamed Viagra, a lack of sex education and no risk for pregnancy for the spike in sexually transmitted diseases at The Villages.
I would think 80 year olds would not be suffering from a lack of sex education.

And finally the most shocking quote...
A gynecologist at The Villages community near Orlando, Fla., said she treats more cases of herpes and the human papilloma virus in the retirement community than she did in the city of Miami.
:shock:

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Post by Valuethinker » Tue Jun 30, 2009 4:07 pm

3CT_Paddler wrote:
mathwhiz wrote:One thing about the Villages that always gives people a chuckle.

STD's run rampant in the community. :shock:

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/9283707/detail.html
Great link... who knew those communities were so "active".
Local 6 featured Louis Franklin, who used to date in the community at least three times a week.

"I have had a better dating life since I have been here than I have ever had," Franklin said. "I know there are things going around."
So "date" is the term they use for it. :)
A doctor blamed Viagra, a lack of sex education and no risk for pregnancy for the spike in sexually transmitted diseases at The Villages.
I would think 80 year olds would not be suffering from a lack of sex education.

And finally the most shocking quote...
A gynecologist at The Villages community near Orlando, Fla., said she treats more cases of herpes and the human papilloma virus in the retirement community than she did in the city of Miami.
:shock:
This is interesting.

Here is the problem, based on family experience.

Single women outnumber single men at least 3 to one. The difference in life expectancy really kicks in. So single guys can have a whale of time, with the help of Viagra.

The happiest woman I ever met (about 75) was a retired music professor from Houston. She continued to live on the campus (U of Houston, or perhaps Rice?) and was very active in local music and theatre, attending recitals and contributing in some way.

My aunt's father in law lived on a farm in Ontario into his late 70s. Again fully involved in the community, kept 2 dogs, 2 mile walks every morning (yes, in minus 20). Lived a full life.

Maybe there are attractions of retirement communities (aren't there any in the mountains, somewhere? Or New Mexico?).

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Post by medgar » Tue Jun 30, 2009 5:54 pm

Check out Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island just a stones throw from Charleston SC.

You can pick homes on the ocean side or Intercoastal side.

I do believe they are getting ready to pass a city ordinance that your golf cart has to be street legal. Alot of people are buying the new Smart car convertible care instead of a golf cart.

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Post by bill99 » Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:25 am

Hmm...a lot more golf-cart action out there than I thought. Thanks, everyone, for the possibilities (and, Taylor, thanks for the Shangrala tip; just a tiny bit pricier than we want (:-), but nice to be lumped in with the "choppers and yachts" set.

We just thought a golf-cart community with access to amenities would cut costs some (no need for a 2nd car, for example, and saving on gas), and be a pleasant way to get around, locally. We're still debating the whole 55-community thing; my wife wants a place with lots of activities, while I'd be like to customize the next house and get a lot with a fair amount of side to side space -- both of which are probably hard to come by in 55 communities, which are where you get the extensive activities.

Which could be why we haven't moved yet. :-)

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