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Monday, May 28, 2007

Find Your Spot does, and then again doesn't

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    Every once in a while, I get the urge to imagine I am someone other than me.  The web site FindYourSpot.com is a good place to do it.  FindYourSpot is one of those sites that asks you a bunch of questions -- in this case, about what you want in a place to live -- and then provids a list of towns based on your responses.  When I first tried FindYourSpot a few years ago, it told me, quite emphatically, that my responses indicated I wanted to live in the Texas Hill Country.  That is one of the reasons I intend to visit the best golf course communities between Austin and San Antonio in the coming months.

    With a little free time today, I decided to "pose" at FindYourSpot as a serious golfer who is concerned about little other than identifying a place where I could play all the time.  I answered the climate questions in that regard, indicating that summers were meant to be long and hot, and when it asked if I needed to play golf often, I provided a "Strongly Agree."  Virtually everything else I marked as "Neutral," including the question about whether I like weather that is neither too hot or too cold; I went "Neutral" on that one on one taking, and then "Strongly Agree" on the next.

    The results were interesting, and dramatically different just by switching my responses on the not-too-hot, not-too-cold question.  When I empahsized long, hot summers, my top five selections came up, in order, Key West, Naples, Hilton Head Island, Opalousas, LA, and Covington, LA.  When I opted for the more moderate annual climate, FindYourSpot found me locations in Tennessee and Kentucky.

    The thing is, I have no interest in living in Kentucky, Tennessee, or the hottest places in Florida, although I am intrigued by the Texas Hill Country, as I mentioned above.  But maybe FindYourSpot knows something I don't know.  If I fall in love with the Texas hills, you will be the first to know.  In the meantime, FindYourSpot is a pleasant diversion, if not a deadly accurate one.

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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.