A central Florida newspaper ran an article today about how baby boomers are getting more frugal every day. Taking nothing for granted anymore, they watch every cent they spend. The article has some interesting statistics, worth a read.
Highlands Today - Jan 9, 2011 - Affording retirement
With a photo of petanque! No surprise here: petanque is by far the cheapest form of outdoor entertainment. A set of 3 boules is all you need, good for years and years of fun. The cost per game works out to a couple of cents. Nominal when compared to golf, or bowling, or tennis.
By the way, Tanglewood in Sebring has eight beautiful courts, that are used constantly. And every year there are new petanque converts. Here's my report from 2006.