Understand generational shifts in hobbies and leisure time before you retire
21 years ago, I was asked to participate at a golf fundraiser for a faith-based organization in the western suburbs of Chicago. In the weeks leading up to the event, I frequented the driving range so I wouldn’t embarrass myself. The day of the event I didn’t do so well. My frustration affected my behavior, which was so bad I could have made Happy Gilmore blush. After that episode my wife told me never to golf again. I gave away my clubs and have been golf-free ever since!
I am an early member of Generation X (1966-1980). My generation is different from the generations ahead of me, the Baby Boomers (1946-1965) and Traditional (Pre-1945). What I have noticed is that many members of those generations truly enjoy the game of golf. They will take the time and pay green fees to play round after round. They will plan vacations around it, and when nearing retirement, they will pay a premium to buy in to golf communities in Naples, FL or Scottsdale, AZ.