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Prescott, Arizona is Boomer Friendly

An active lifestyle is important to Prescott, Ariz., Boomers. Just ask the The City of Prescott Parks and Recreation Department and Prescott Senior Olympic Games Steering Committee, which are preparing for the 2009 Prescott Senior Olympic Summer Games scheduled for July 10 through July 26. Not surprisingly, golf is an important component of the event in this Boomer-friendly area, which boasts numerous residential golf communities and stand-alone golf courses.

"You'll find that many of the homes for sale in Prescott seem to be only one stroke away from this engaging sport," writes real-estate agent Tim Anderson on his website. "If you love to bring out the irons for a few rounds then you'll certainly have your fair share of golf courses in Prescott to choose."Photo of people on Talking Rock clubhouse patio for Boomer

Talking Rock Golf Club is one of the most respected golf communities in the area. Talking Rock has been named one of Arizona's Top 25 Courses by Golf Digest magazine for the second consecutive time, checking in at No. 19 on the 2009-2010 "Best in State" list.

A private home community northwest of Prescott, Ariz., Talking Rock is home to a Jay Morrish-designed 7,350-yard championship course winding through more than 1,000 acres of preserved open space. The environmentally friendly layout is a high-country master-planned community minutes from downtown Prescott. The community consists of Ranch Cottages, Ranch Homes and Custom Homes on homesites affording mountain or golf course views.

Hassayampa Golf Club and Community is a 550-acre master-planned affair located two miles outside Prescott. Desert Troon, which also built Troon Village in Scottsdale, developed the community on the site of historic Hassayampa Golf and Country Club, one of Arizona's oldest golf courses, operating operated from 1919 to 1969. The new Tom Weiskopf-designed layout measures 6,800 yards with significant elevation changes throughout. The community offers mountain views, boulder outcroppings, ponderosa pines, mature oak trees, and two natural streams.

Prescott Lakes GC for BoomerHassayampa Golf Club is a member-owned equity club. The community includes several gated tracts with condominiums and as well as single-family custom homes. It is located in the Ponderosa pine forest with sections overlooking downtown Prescott. Residency is not required for golf club membership. The social scene centers on the 30,000-square-foot, lodge-style clubhouse with log beams, stone fireplaces rustic décor and both fine and casual dining. In addition to golf, the community offers a fitness facility, tennis, swimming, sport court and hiking trails adjacent to 2.5 million acres of Prescott National Forest.

Prescott Lakes Golf & Country Club is a master-planned community stretching across nearly 1150 acres. The centerpiece is the Hale Irwin Signature Golf Course that meanders through 12 acres of lakes and grasslands. Other amenities include miles of hiking and biking trails as well asseven petroglyph parks that preserve Native American symbols found on rock formations along the golf course. Fishing, sailing and swimming are a mile away at Watson Lake and Willow Lake.Photo of Prescott Lakes GC house for Boomer

A wide variety of residential offerings in both gated and non-gated areas are available at Prescott Lakes with custom homes, production homes, townhouses, condominiums, golf villas and building lots of various sizes. Also part of the community are commercial spaces for sale or lease and business parks.

Other master-planned golf communities in the area include:

• The Rim Golf Club in Payson boasts a Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish 18-hole layout rated the No. 1 residential golf course in the Southwest three years in a row in Golfweek magazine's list of "America's Best Residential Golf Courses.

• Seven Canyons is a Weiskopf masterpiece in Sedona that opened about three years ago and has been rated one of America's 50 Greatest Golf Retreats by Golf Digest Index.

• Forest Highlands Golf Club has two courses, Meadow and Canyoyon, perched at a 7,000-foot altitude among pines, oaks and aspens within an 1,100-acre community in Flagstaff.

• Pine Canyon is another Flagstaff standard bearer with broad fairways, open entryways to greens and trout-stocked lakes along its 18 Morrish-crafted holes. to name a few.

 Antelope Hills GC for BoomerPrescott-area golfers can also choose from a seemiongly endless supply of public courses including city-owned Antelope Hills. The 36-hole facility first was founded in 1956 with the opening of the North Course, a traditional tree-lined layout with speedy bentgrass greens designed by Lawrence Hughes. The South Course designed by Gary Panks opened in 1992 featuring open fairways, generous mounding, large undulating greens and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and granite rock formations. For those wanting to fly in, Antelope Hills is located next to Prescott Municipal Airport (Ernest A. Love Field).

Prescott enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine, is generally 10 to 15 degrees cooler than Phoenix and is home to more than 500 buildings named on the National Register of Historic Places. It is listed among the top 21 communities for Boomers to retire by


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