Laguna Woods Village, California, is the premier place in the state for active seniors to retire. The community has been around for over five decades, welcoming individuals who are 55 or older to enjoy their golden years. Home to 18,500 residents, Laguna Woods Village also has a very active golf-carting community.
Over the fifty-plus years that the community has been in existence, Laguna Woods Village has built networks of paths and crossings for its residents to utilize both for golf carting and walking.
Golf carts in the community can be driven on the city’s designated golf cart paths, across its designated golf cart crossings, and on private property. However, the city discourages the use of golf carts on various roads and sidewalks including El Toro Road, Moulton Parkway, Santa Maria Avenue, and Ridge Route Drive.
Also, golf cart enthusiasts should avoid using the golf cart crossings once the sun has set for safety purposes. Other non-golf-cart areas of Laguna Woods Village include City Centre Park, Woods End Wilderness Preserve/Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, and “A Place for Paws” Dog Park.
While the use of golf carts in the state of California does not require a California driver’s license or registration with the DMV, Laguna Woods Village reminds golf cart owners to drive with caution, always keeping their own safety and the safety of others at the forefront of their minds. Part of safe golf-cart driving includes yielding to pedestrians, other vehicles, and bicycles.
But its golf-cart friendliness isn’t the only thing that draws seniors to Laguna Woods Village. Its list of amenities is long, and there are a multitude of opportunities to have fun and relax.
If you’re more into being active than relaxing, Laguna Woods Village has you covered with its two professional golf courses, equestrian center, and ten-court tennis facility. There’s no excuse to skip playing your favorite sport while living in this community!
The equestrian center features a full-size riding ring and an impressive 38 stables, and the golf courses are comprised of a nine hole, par three executive course and a 27-hole championship course that’s sure to challenge your golfing skills. The tennis complex is equipped with five courts that feature coin-activated light timers so residents can hit the ball during the evening hours.
Other opportunities to be active abound at Laguna Woods Village. The three state-of-the-art fitness centers are sure to keep your heart rate up, while the ten walking trails will help residents connect with nature.
If you do better in water than on land, never fear: the community has an astounding five swimming pools including an Olympic-sized pool, four hot tubs, and lap lanes.
Other fitness-related amenities include four outdoor paddle tennis/pickle ball courts, shaded bocce courts with free lessons and furnished equipment, and a Table Tennis Room that’s fun for all ages. The grandkids will love playing a round of table tennis while visiting!
If socializing is more your bag, then there are seven unique clubhouses that have your name written all over them! The Community Center features meeting rooms as well as computer facilities and workshops for you to enjoy.
Clubhouse 1 is equipped with a shaded swimming pool, a large fitness center and gym, and various rooms available for classes and club meetings (more on the clubs in a little bit!). Clubhouse 2 has two gorgeous Lawn Bowling greens as well as a stunning view of the nearby valleys and mountains.
There are also two card rooms, a video learning center, and a swimming pool. Clubhouse 4 is perfect for artisans, craftspeople, and hobbyists; if you want to pick up a paintbrush or play with clay, this is the place for you.
Clubhouse 5 is the ideal place to get your boogie on—it features a stage and dancefloor in a large main lounge, a drop-in fitness center, a fitness studio, and swimming pool. Clubhouse 6 would be the right setting for an intimate party; its private, tranquil setting is great for connecting with friends and family on a special occasion.
Finally, Clubhouse 7 can accommodate a whopping 130 people for dancing and dining, so it’s great for a private gathering.
About those clubs we mentioned earlier: Laguna Woods Village has an incredible 250-plus clubs and special interest groups for its residents to enjoy.
Whether you’re interested in arts and crafts, games, dance, science and technology, politics, or religion, this community has you covered. And if there isn’t a club for the specific hobby or interest that you’re passionate about, why not start your own club?
These amenities are just one reason that Laguna Woods Village was voted by the OC Register as being the Best Senior Living Community in the area.
Have a green thumb? There are two garden centers in Laguna Woods Village for you to enjoy flowers, plants, and everything in between. Garden Center 1 is equipped with three equipment sheds, 132 tree plots, and 172 garden plots.
Garden Center 2 features one shade house, 118 tree plots, 596 garden plots, four equipment sheds, and 26 benches for plants and orchids.
If volunteerism is your passion, then there are plenty of chances to volunteer at Laguna Woods Village. Simply fill out a Volunteer Application and hand it in at the recreation office to start your philanthropic work!
You can apply to volunteer in the Camera Club, at one of the clubhouses, with the Friendly Visitor Program, in the Garden Center, and more.
As you can see, there’s a wealth of reasons that active seniors would want to retire in Laguna Woods Village.
The various opportunities to stay active, rest and relax, socialize, and continue to pursue your passions and interests are enough to keep this community the Best Senior Living Community in the region.
And if you’re a golf cart enthusiast, you can’t go wrong settling in Laguna Woods Village. Its network of golf-cart-friendly paths and crossings will support you in riding that golf cart that you love so much.
Ready to settle in to your golden years—and to do so in style? Look no further than Laguna Woods Village!