Fred’s first experience with golf was in Hawaii over 40 years ago during his navy days and he has been an avid participant in the sport ever since.   His love of the game has led him to some of the finest courses in the United States, the Bahamas, and Mexico.  From Mahogany Run in the Virgin Islands to the Kapalua in Hawaii Fred’s love of golf grew. His first experience with courses in Mexico came with a trip to Cancun, then Playa del Carmen, and Zihuatanejo.    He particularly appreciated the golf courses in Mexico for their “groomed, but not manicured” condition. 

Five years ago Fred and his wife Dawna began their search for their retirement home.  After living in Washington State for 24 years they knew they wanted a retirement home in a warmer and dryer climate.  They also knew that they wanted to be near a golf course so that Fred could pursue his favorite pastime. 

Their search led them to Palm Desert, California, Phoenix, Arizona and eventually south to Tucson, Arizona.  However, they found these areas all had similar drawbacks…smog, high property taxes, and too many people.

During a trip to Tucson they saw an ad on an Internet site that captured their attention.  The advertisement was for a condo in San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico for 250K USD.  So, they rented a car and thought they would make a quick day trip to San Carlos and check things out.  Well, the one-day trip turned into a four-day trip and on day two they bought their dream home on a golf course!

From the moment they purchased their San Carlos home they have been planning ways to retire early.  The affordable price of this home and the incredibly low property taxes made that possible.

Fred & Dawna are now fully retired in their gorgeous home in the gated community called the Royal Golf Club.  Situated on the 16th hole of the Royal Golf Club, the Roy Dye designed golf course home  had everything they were looking for.  The Royal is considered “the best in town address,” in San Carlos.  It is very private and yet you are moments away from the Sea of Cortez, shopping, dining, and many other amenities.  They were able to get everything on their wish list without the drawbacks of smog , high property taxes, and overpopulation of many other resort golf communities. 

Fred is now a member of the Country Club and plays four days a week.  He loves the course and describes it as a “course where you can enjoy your round and not wait for your next shot.”   With fees of $35 for 18 holes the value is tremendous compared with similar courses in Arizona where fees range from $80-$120.  Add to that the views of the Sea of Cortez and the rugged mountains that ring San Carlos and these other golf resorts don’t stand a chance.
The San Carlos Golf Course offers club and cart rentals and a courteous staff to assist with your requirements.  Most golfers wrap up their game at the 19th hole, also known as the Caddy Shack.  With outdoor patio tables overlooking the ocean and daily lunch specials it’s a great way to meet new friends and quench your thirst.  There is an Olympic size swimming pool for those who don’t wish to golf but prefer to enjoy lunch and take in some Mexican sunshine. 

When you begin your search for your retirement home be sure and check out San Carlos, Sonora.  As Fred often says, “yesterday we had a dream, and today we call it home.”  With all the amenities of a quality golf resort community without the drawbacks of big city living San Carlos can’t be beat!