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21st May, 2009 | Source : Newsweek Showcase

Combine over 50,000 acres of unspoiled wilderness in the rugged foothills of the Appalachian Mountains…miles of snow-white beaches and the pleasant sea breezes of the Gulf Coast... an almost total absence of urban congestion …and a unique and affordable collection of public golf courses… and you have a formula that makes the state of Alabama an extremely inviting place for thousands of retirees.

The fact that the cost of living, including home prices and taxes, are below the national average only adds to the state's attractiveness as a great place to retire. But perhaps nothing has spurred interest in Alabama as a retirement destination as much as the development of the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, a system of more than twenty challenging courses spread out across the state at ten ecologically diverse locations.

Since their inception almost fifteen years ago, these affordable public courses have generated an unprecedented interest among, not only tourist golfers, but also among retirees who have discovered attractive housing at affordable places as well as the experience of quality recreational amenities around the "Trail". Alabama's moderate four-season climate and mild winters that permit year-round golfing weather only enhance the attraction for retirees who enjoy outdoor sports.

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