By Peter Finch for Golf Digest
Like “big-headed driver” and “affordable green fee,” the term “golf retirement” doesn’t mean what it used to.
As baby boomers move into their post-career years, they’re stretching the concept in all-new directions. For some, retirement represents a chance to combine multiple passions in active lifestyles their parents never would have imagined (golf half the year, skiing the rest of the year). Though many still find their bliss in classic retirement communities, others are heading out in new directions: to university towns, where youthfulness and cultural diversity exist alongside a full calendar of country-club activities; to geographically remote — but economically advantageous — corners of middle America; to the desert and the mountains of the Southwest, achieving the perfect year-round climate.