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The golfing life for Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village resident

Date: 06 Aug 2021

‘Use it or lose it’ is the motto of Richard Cocks and why he continues with his golfing game.

The Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village resident has been playing golf for 60 years and still plays every Friday, with the odd mid-week competition thrown in. Currently holding a handicap of 34, Richard says golf is a good mental strengthening game at this time in his life.

“It’s no use just keeping your body fit, you have to keep your mind fit as well. Golf helps me with both.”

Richard and his wife Eileen have continued working to keep busy and have been living in the Albany village for four years in a well-presented two bedroom apartment. The sporty 78 year old has a pride of place for his golf clubs in the large storage area, located in the hallway that’s close to his apartment. He says moving into Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village has given him a hassle-free lifestyle so he can concentrate more on his golf game.

“You don’t want to have to think about rates or maintenance as you get older. That’s why village living works so well for us.”

After living in Browns Bay for many years, choosing a village close by to their close-knit family was important. The couple have three children, eight grandchildren and a great grandchild on the way.

While Eileen has been known to attend the village arts and crafts group, Richard can sometimes be found working on his golf swing on the village pathway and next to the community garden area.

“Golf is an individual and challenging sport, it’s definitely been my life.”

To find out more about Bupa Hugh Green Retirement Village apartment living, contact Helen Watkin on 09 558 1148.