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  1. Haven't moved down there yet. Wouldn't move down until August, at the earliest. Honestly, having some doubts as far as the golf goes, as we have games at my home course here in DC every Saturday and Sunday with 3-5 foursomes each day (and pretty much everyone is really down to earth and some great players as well). If I move to Houston, I would likely be playing as a single and getting paired up with random people, which as most of you know, is hit or miss (mainly a miss in my experience, but YMMV). Unless I join a private club, but I really want to see if I like the place before committing to something like this. Also, there are so many tournaments here, as we have the Maryland and Virginia state associations, plus the Washington DC Metropolitan and Middle Atlantic associations. Unless I am missing something, it looks like there's only the TX Golf Association down there, and doesn't look like there's a bunch of tournaments and it's obviously very spread out since TX is so large.  


    There's definitely some positives to moving there as well, such as the weather, less political, less restrictions (COVID), etc. But I'm having a hard time justifying these things right now TBH. The weather here isn't too much different, as winters are colder, but I think that might offset the extreme heat and humidity of Houston summers (DC is similar, but above 5-10 degrees cooler on average). 

  2. Thanks again Mark! I will look into those you mentioned. I think I might just play Memorial Park, Gus, and the Cypresswood two-man and skins game the first year or two, then look into private membership once I am sure I will settle in the area. I won't likely find a regular group, but I would hate to drop an initiation fee, then be looking to move out of the area in a couple years if I happen to not like it. You really can't beat the $38 to play a PGA Tour stop, and Gus doesn't look half bad. I actually like shorter, older-style courses, which it looks like what Gus is. You can always turn a par 5 into a par 4 to make it seem more challenging. I am not really a long hitter anyways, pretty average as far as an amateur tournament player goes (carry 260-270 off the tee). 


  3. Thanks again everyone. As for Cypresswood, I wasn't planning on the four man scrambles, you are just asking to get pencil whipped playing any four man unless you play in eightsomes, which is painful haha. They apparently have two-man scrambles, so hopefully that eliminates the cheating aspect of it. Pretty sad though when you have to cheat in a scramble to win a $50 gift card. 

  4. Sounds great as far as the pace of play, I would be expecting it to be a clown show out there with cart path only and the value of the course (especially it being a course the Tour visits each year). We currently have that issue at my home course which is open to the public. It gets a lot of play since it's such a great value, but little respect for the course (repairing ball marks seems to be the biggest, I fix a few marks on nearly every green). We have Bermuda fairways so the divots grow in pretty quick, even if you don't sand them. 


    Do you usually go as a single, or do you have a regular group? I've played as a single many times in the past before I joined my current home course, and it was really hit or miss who you got paired with. But as long as they moved along, it was fine (not searching in the woods for 10 minutes each time they lost a ball, LOL). 

  5. Thanks for the responses guys. I think at this point, Houston is still the right choice due to the young and single argument. I will be making a little over 100k annually as a single male with no kids, so I think that should go pretty far in the area. I was really considering the Upper Kirby area, specifically the Camden Plaza Apartments. From census data (Yes, I'm a dork like that), it looks like the area fits the age range I am looking for (late 20s, early 30s). Also, it is very close to Memorial Park (5 minutes), and I can get up to other public courses north of the city in a reasonable amount of time (~30 minutes) with no traffic. I see Cypresswood holds small tournaments or skins games pretty much every weekend, so I would likely split my time between Memorial and Cypresswood, among others. 


    Since I will likely be playing as a single at first, what is the walk on procedure at Memorial Park? Let's say I show up at 8am on a Saturday morning, do you think I will have to wait a while to get out? During the week probably won't be as crowded, so I am not as much concerned about that. I know these things probably depend on the day, but looking for people who may have had experience doing this. 

  6. Interesting. Why is the golf so bad? Is it the actual courses, pace of play, drivetime to get to courses? I kind of run into that issue in DC now, where all the nice public courses are at least 30 minutes drive, plus you have traffic, and you are paying north of $100 to play primetime. The public course I have a membership at is one of the rare exceptions, both in distance and cost. But even there it sometimes takes me 45 minutes to get there when there is traffic (it is 10 miles away). The nice private clubs around here are often north of $30k initiation (the really nice ones between 50-100k), dues are through the roof, and there is often a waitlist to get in. 

  7. Thanks Lefty, really helpful. Definitely have to look into the clubs you mention. I wonder what happens after you turn 35 at GCH? I will be 35 when I move down there, so I will have to reach out and ask. I will be living near Upper Kirby/Galleria area, so that might be a little bit of a drive per Google Maps (~30-40 minutes).


    Why would you not want to live anywhere else? Encouraging, but you don't hear that often regarding where anyone lives, haha. You can DM me if you don't want to air out on the public forums. 

  8. Thanks ND. Good information there. Don't really care about facilities other than golf as I don't have family or children to use them. All I need is a good course and a decent bar/restaurant to grab a beer or food after the round. I'll likely never use tennis, pool, or fitness center (there will likely be a gym at my apartment or I will get a membership to a gym nearby). 

  9. Hi all,


    I originally posted this regarding San Antonio, but my work is offering a salary 10k more annually by living in Houston, so I am focusing more on Houston at this point. Looking at the area, I plan to live around the Galleria/CityCentre part of town (not interested in living in the urban core - downtown or uptown/Montrose area, as I know some will mention this). I will be working from home full time, so commuting to work is a non-issue. Open to input anyone has regarding where to live as a single male in his 30s as well, really just don't want to be around a bunch of families with kids. 


    About me: mid-30s, male, scratch handicap.


    I am currently considering moving out of the DC area. It seems like there's a good amount of golf in Houston, both public and private. I would consider joining a private club if there's a decent regular game and the initiation fee is affordable (under 10k).  


    My main question is if there's any regular games or groups that play at certain courses? Currently, we have a game at my club where we get 15-20 guys every Sat/Sun and we play a team game and skins for $20. This is fun, fairly casual, and a great way to meet people through golf. Seeing as I will know nobody in Houston when I move, I was wondering if there is anything like this at any courses in the area? I will likely be playing as a single at different courses around the area, so it would be great to have a regular game or group to play golf with if possible, either at a public or private club. I am aware of the Houston Amateur Golf Association, which sounds great, but seems like more of a tournament series than a regular game (similar to Golfweek Am Tour or GCAT). I would certainly consider playing some of these events, but meeting people in a tournament golf setting can be challenging as a more serious player if anyone can understand this.


    Current clubs I was looking at were Champions, Westwood, Sugar Creek, Riverbend, and Braeburn. Memorial Park is also an option, but I doubt they have a regular group and it seems making tee times is a hassle (and pretty much can rule out a larger group with multiple tee times). Houston CC, Lakeside, and River Oaks seem nice, but also way out of my price range.  


    Thanks in advance! 

  10. Hello everyone. 


    About me: mid-30s, male, scratch handicap.


    I am currently considering moving out of the DC area and SA was on my radar as places to move to. It seems like there's a good amount of golf in the SA area, both public and private. I probably wouldn't join a private club straight away, but would consider after being in the area for a couple years to make sure I like it. That being said, I would consider joining a club if there's a decent game and the initiation fee is affordable (under 15-20k). I plan on living in the La Cantera/Rim area. 


    My main question is if there's any regular games or groups that play at certain courses? Currently, we have a game at my club where we get 15-20 guys every Sat/Sun and we play a team game and skins for $20. This is fun, and a great way to meet people through golf. Seeing as I will know nobody in SA when I move, I was wondering if there is anything like this at any courses in the area? I will likely be playing as a single at different courses around the area, so it would be great to have a regular game or group to play golf with if possible. I am aware of the Alamo City GT, which sounds great, but seems like more of a tournament series than a regular game (similar to Golfweek Am Tour or GCAT). I would certainly consider playing some of these events, but meeting people in a tournament golf setting can be challenging as a more serious player if anyone can understand this. 


    Thanks in advance! 

  11. Great advice guys. I think going with a public option is the best way to go now until things calm down economically. One place that just came to mind that I really didn't think of before is Myrtle Beach, SC. Obviously plenty of golf (public options abound), so not concerned so much about that, but any input on living there permanently as a mid-30s, single male? Seems like it would be very touristy during the summer months, but does anyone have any experience or know of anyone who actually lives there on a permanent basis? How dead is it during the off-season?

  12. Hi everyone, just updating. I am revisiting this thread as I have now been officially approved to work remotely, anywhere in the United States. I have narrowed my search to the southern half of the US (anywhere even with DC or further south). Specifically looking for a private club (or a nicer public course with annual memberships) that has a decent game on weekends (preferably more than just one foursome, ideally 8-20 players). Also, a city that has at least a decent (preferably better) dating scene for a male in his 30s. A few options:

    Charlotte, NC: checks all the boxes, except after browsing the forums, it seems most (if not all) clubs are on a waitlist or it's difficult to get tee times. The clubs that fit my price range looked to be TPC Piper Glen, Raintree, Cedarwood, River Run, or Northstone. Anyone have any info on these clubs, including the membership population, games, etc.? 


    Raleigh/Durham, NC: I feel like this would be too similar to my current situation in DC, and not that much different. Also, similar to Charlotte, it seems like most clubs are on a waitlist or it is difficult to get tee times. Durham doesn't look like my vibe, so Raleigh would be where I would move if I did choose here. 


    Greenville, SC: The downtown area along the river looks nice, but not sure there are many singles here. Plus, I only saw a few clubs (Thornblade, Greenville CC, and Verdae) close to downtown. I assume Thornblade and Greenville CC would be out of my price range anyways. 


    Charleston, SC: Great place for the dating life as a male in my 30s, but not many clubs close to the city which are affordable. Plus I feel like the whole place goes underwater if there is a hurricane or tropical storm. I feel course conditions may be lacking too due to the flooding. 


    Atlanta, GA: Obviously there are many clubs to choose from, and plentiful dating, but I might run into the same problems as I do here in DC. Pinetree GC up in Kennesaw has been mentioned a few times here on the forums as having games and being a good place to play, but commuting there from further south might be difficult (I would like to live somewhere that isn't all families). 


    Florida: Never been a huge fan of Florida in general, but it does check all the boxes. Plenty of young professionals (and older people too 🤪), obviously plenty of golf, and golf year round. Problem is I would know no one, and it seems most of the good golf is public, so might be hard to find a regular game. I would just be a single jumping around to different public tracks, which is nice every so often, but not forever. Looking at Orlando or Jacksonville area, Miami probably isn't my vibe.  


    I don't think I will find somewhere that checks all the boxes, but somewhere that gets most of the way there would sway me to move. Thank you to everyone so far for your great responses, you have definitely opened my eyes to some places I haven't thought of. 

  13. On 6/17/2021 at 9:28 AM, bcski said:

    How about Vegas?  Really only 1.5 months where you need to tee off prior to 10 a.m.  Mild winters, can get a lot of house in the outer residential areas for 1700 month.  Golf is very reasonable with tons of choices, CA golf is very close for a weekend or 4 day outing.


    Even staying clear of the strip, great singles scene in your age bracket...

    A little late on this, but just revisiting this topic. Would you suggest joining a club in Vegas or just hopping around to public tracks using GolfNow or something along those lines? What part of Vegas (outside the strip) do you think would be good for a single 35 year old? 

  14. Thanks for all the input from everyone. Probably leaning towards either Charlotte or Raleigh. I have exchanged some messages with those living around Charlotte as far as private clubs go, and they have been extremely helpful. Anybody from Raleigh area have any input? I was looking into a few that I can find very little info on:


    Wakefield Plantation

    Briar Ridge


    North Shore CC

    Raleigh CC


    My budget is around 20-25k initiation and $6-7k annually for dues. 

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  15. Those are all interesting suggestions, definitely a few cities that did not cross my mind! 


    If possible, I would like to live in the suburbs (or outside of the downtown area), but in an area that has a urban center with bars, restaurants, apartments, etc. Usually, this is either all on a main road, or a 5X5 or more block radius of restaurants, bars, etc with apartments located in the center or above the stores. If you guys have ever been to the DC area, think Clarendon/Court House in Arlington or Old Town Alexandria, both in Virginia across from DC. Trying to think of other examples, Buckhead/Midtown in Atlanta, Scottsdale outside of Phoenix, Towson outside of Baltimore, etc. Living downtown in a big city is probably a little much for me, but a smaller urban center would be perfect for what I am looking for. Anyone know of places like this for the cities mentioned? Probably focusing on Charlotte, Raleigh, or Birmingham. Indianapolis is intriguing, as I am originally from that area of the country, but I would have to do more research and I still think the weather would be iffy in the winter (large swings). 

  16. 36 minutes ago, bluehose said:

    Charlotte is basically normal except for masks now.  NC Governor announced today that they will really dial back remaining capacity restrictions soon (beginning of June).


    What is your budget for a club?  There are a lot here at very different price points.

    Good to hear about the COVID situation. We still have quite a bit of restrictions here in the DC area, and I feel like it's going to stay that way for a while. They still are not allowing us to take the flagstick out, and have that stupid pool noodle thing going on, which is annoying. I think my ceiling would be less than 20k for initiation, and ideally less than $6k annually in dues. Even better if either initiation or dues were lower than that. I am age 34 right now if that makes any difference as far as young professional memberships go. Feel free to DM me if you would like. 

  17. 17 minutes ago, JLaws_2929 said:

    If you lived in the heart of downtown Charlotte looks like are several private options within 10-15 mins. 


    I like the idea of doing a week/month in a couple different places and see what you like

    Nice! I like this idea as well. I mean I wouldn't get the full experience as I would living there, but I suppose I could see the area. How does the current time during COVID compare to pre-COVID? Is it very different? Because I would hope things would go back to pre-COVID or at least close to it. I am asking to get a good comparison if I do indeed go visit these areas for a week or so. 

  18. 5 minutes ago, JLaws_2929 said:

    This is an awesome idea and sounds like an amazing experience for someone in Nomads position.

    Charlotte would be a great option as well, if walking distance to bars/breweries/restaurants is a priority for $1700 a month I would imagine you'd be able to get a nice place in the heart of uptown (downtown)

    That sounds intriguing. But is that far from any golf courses or clubs I could join? Usually those are out in the suburbs....

  19. 2 minutes ago, jakeseven said:

    Someone mentioned Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill. 


    But I'd say Charlotte. Close enough to the Pinehurst area but also easy access to all the amazing Blueridge Mountain courses in and around the Asheville area. 


    Plus, Charlotte is a helluva lot better than Raleigh in nearly every way and better weather. For what it's worth, I live in Pinehurst now. 

    How do you find Charlotte better than Raleigh? 

  20. I have been to Austin, and I liked it. But I am not sure on the golf scene there. Seems like most of the good clubs are way out of my price range. 


    Seems like I would like Raleigh or the Research Triangle area of Raleigh/Durham. 


    Not sure on Nashville, I have never been there, but heard it is fun. 

  21. I think for the time being I am still looking to rent. The housing market is high right now and buying would not make much sense. My budget for housing is anything under $1700/month for a 1 bedroom apartment. That is what I currently pay in the DC area and I think that's on the high end. 

  22. Thanks JLaws. That was actually one of the areas I was eyeing. Any idea how the Durham/Chapel Hill side is different from the Raleigh side? I have been down to the area, but I was only there for a day and most of it was at night, so I really did not get a good idea. Ideally, somewhere with a good amount of young professionals (not looking to be close to the college or hippie crowd, that is not my style at this point in life). 

  23. Hi all, long time lurker, but this is my first post on here. I am seeking some advice from those on these forums. Everyone seems very helpful on here from what I have read. 


    About me: mid-30s male, single, and have a well paying job for which I work remotely full-time. I currently reside in the DC metropolitan area (as that was where my job was located before we went remote full-time). I play a lot of golf (3-4 times per week), and currently have an annual pass at a public course in the area. My index hovers around scratch to low single digits, and I occasionally play in tournaments around the area. 


    Now for my question. With my job deciding to go full time remote, I now have to option to really move anywhere in the country. I have lived in DC for almost a decade, and while it does check a lot of boxes and was fun through my 20s, it does leave a lot to be desired. It is very crowded, traffic is horrible, people can be less than friendly and not the most down-to-earth I have met. In addition, everything is very expensive (including golf), and I just don't see it as a place I would like to raise a family and settle down. I probably should have figured this out sooner, but I really like my job and did not want to leave the area and risk changing jobs to something that I would hate. 


    So, I guess my list of requirements would be the following:


    1. Weather-wise: somewhere at least on par with DC or warmer. I would not like to move further north and deal with brutal winters and a short golf season. I grew up in Ohio, so that is something I would want to avoid. 


    2. Ideally, a mid-sized city that is not too big, but also not too small either. I would like a big enough area to provide me things to do, but not a NYC, DC, or LA where traffic becomes a constant issue and everyone lives on top of each other. I don't really go to clubs anymore, but a decent low-key bar scene would be nice. 


    3. Being in my mid-30s, I would also like somewhere with a decent singles scene. I would hate to move somewhere and find out most women my age are married. I know many small towns across the South and Midwest probably have this sort of situation.  


    4. I would like a golf club I could join and play regularly. I probably wouldn't know anyone, so joining either a private or semi-private club would be ideal to get in with a group or play in some money games. I am in a good place financially, so I could probably join most mid-tier clubs seeing as they are not very expensive (over 20k initiation or $8k per year in dues would be my ceiling). I tend to like older-style courses as opposed to those built through a housing development with OB and water on every hole. No one likes losing golf balls 😛


    Does anyone have any suggestions based on where you have lived or currently reside? 



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