There are a number of country club communities throughout the state of Florida. There is no question that these are some of the nicest and prettiest communities. The cost of keeping up the golf course is becoming prohibitive for many. Communities that require equity memnership are selling below other real estate to incentivise buyers.
I have personally found that very good golfers prefer to play on different courses for the new challenges they present.
A major change in lifestyle and demographics due to the recession has created a new reality for many baby boomers. As the article points below points out it is more about new ways to live than to retire. I have often told my clients it is a matter of the lifestyle they want to live more than the community. Please bear in mind that retireing and dying are two different things.