If college made up the best years of your life, why not return to campus for your golden years?Ideally the setting would be a golf community in one of America's great college towns. There your youthful curiosity and spirit can be rekindled, with maturity's financial advantages to ease the way. Freshly stimulated, a new resident might be heard comparing the course's seventeenth fairway to Constable's "Wivenhoe Park, Essex" or theorizing about a drive knocked far enough to trigger the Coriolis effect. These days universities actively target older alumni as potential customers, even trying to sell them real estate. So if your own collegians are all grown and graduated, study these possibilities.
Bryan, Texas The golfing Aggies of Texas A&M are lucky beneficiaries of (and well-chosen window dressing for) this nine-hundred-acre community three miles from A&M's Albritton Tower. Traditions Club has a Nicklaus Design golf course and separate practice and locker facilities for club members and the Aggie golf teams. There's a family swim facility with three pools, including a twenty-five-meter lap pool with striped lanes, and a 25,000-square-foot clubhouse is scheduled to open in 2008. Housing stock is fairly diverse, including estate lots and two-story villas, as well as casitas that can be entered into a rental program. The home pictured overlooks the first green. Visit traditionsclub.com.
Keswick, Virginia Located a few miles southeast of ever-livable Charlottesville and the University of Virginia campus, this community boasts resort-style amenities but has an air about it that's anything but transient. Its prior existence as a gentleman's horse farm is reflected today in Glenmore's equestrian center, complete with a show ring and thirty-two-stall boarding barn. Glenmore's golf course is a 6,900-yard charmer with a red-brick Georgian clubhouse overlooking its ninth and eighteenth greens. The tennis center is a twelve-court complex. Spacious homes designed in a range of architectural styles are spread across Glenmore's five-hundred-plus acres. Visit glenmore.com.
Flagstaff, Arizona Two schools—the eleven-thousand-student Northern Arizona University and a community college with an enrollment of three thousand—inject cultural elements into Flagstaff. You know the Canyon golf course here is mature because its authorship is the now-dissolved pairing of Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish. A second eighteen, by Weiskopf working solo, opened in 1999. Two clubhouses, a modern fitness center and endless trails through the ponderosa pines keep residents busy when they aren't playing a golf match. Offerings include low-slung cottages, sprawling manor homes and everything in between. The residence shown offers views of the eleventh hole. Visit fhgc.com.