When the economy took a turn for the worse, the Gold’s decided to choose a new lifestyle sooner ather than later. Jim ( 67) and Annette Gold ( 56)
had lived and worked in Manhattan for most of their lives,
but they wanted something different in retirement. So, they
sold their apartment in Manhattan, kept their house in the
Hamptons on Long Island and found their new life in Palm
Beach County, Florida in Wycliffe Golf & Country Club.
“We wanted to have as much fun as possible in retirement and to find a good value,” said Annette Gold.
“In November of 2012, we had our first outing as snowbirds. Since golf was a focal point of my life, we had taken
a look at Florida as a destination. Annette had even taken
up golf two to three years prior, so we could enjoy golf together in retirement. We had looked at several clubs, some
with six figure initiation fees, but we saved the best for last
with Wycliffe. It was far more diversified and we felt we got
much more for the money and it has very reasonable club
fees,” Jim said. “We wanted to live on less and love it more.”
“We have two completely different courses that bring
balance to the community.” The Gold’s purchased a home
on the golf course so they could view the green all of the
At Wycliffe Golf & Country Club, members enjoy an
80,000 sq.ft. Clubhouse with casual and fine dining, two
beautiful Championship golf courses, 16 Har-Tru tennis
courts, a Wellness Center & Spa and an exhilarating social
lifestyle. The gated residential community of 1,045 Mediter-
ranean-style single-family homes, villas and coach residences
is spread throughout 14 uniquely charming neighborhoods.
Bordering the Village of Wellington, internationally recognized as a world-class equestrian destination. This 600-acre
immaculately landscaped community is close to everything.
The Gold’s were searching for “sense of community.”
Meeting people occurred within days not months. Neighbors came to greet them right away and filled their social
calendar almost immediately.
“Our community calls the Club ‘Camp Wycliffe’ —where
every day is an amazing day. And, quite honestly we deserve
it! We’ve worked hard for it,” said Jim.
“ 70 is the new 50. We’re all one big happy family,” said
Annette. “It seems that after you make the move, that your
history no longer matters. You don’t know if the person sit-
ting next to you has $10 or $10 million in their bank ac-
count. Everyone is in the present and looking forward to
Of course, the weather was a major factor in choosing
Florida. After spending last winter in Florida, the Gold’s
found it almost cruel to talk to their friends and family who
had remained in New York.
Annette’s advice for people considering a move is simple:
“The opportunity is here and now. If you have the finances,
start sooner than later—it’s still a good value in Florida.”
A Good Value
—An Ideal Life