I have taken early retirement at the age of 53 and since then I have sort of become obsessed with improving my golf game. When I retired I was just a recreational golfer who usually played once a week when my schedule permitted. Now I often play three times per week and it is not unusual for me to play 36 holes if the weather is good and I have nothing else to do. I would like to start playing some amateur tournaments, preferably against people my own age rather than college players and potential pros. I do not mind getting beaten by guys who are better than me, but I do prefer to be the one with the trophy hoisted above my head.
We are living in two places now. Millie and I have a condo in the Winston Salem, North Carolina area just West of Piedmont Triad International and we have another in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Both places are great for playing golf, especially if you do not mind taking a drive. In the Myrtle Beach area there are scores of high quality courses and I have a lot of golf buddies who now make jokes about how much I have improved since I quit working for a living. In North Carolina you are never more than a couple of hours away from world class golf courses. I have been humiliated by a few of the courses in Pinehurst, but I still had a great time.
Of course I am not really a scratch golfer and I would still like to find some tournaments where I would be able to compete reasonably well. It seems like it should not be that big of a deal to find a few given the popularity of golf in the Carolinas.