Born and rasied in SoCal and left in March 2011, and have never been happier. I also golfed those same courses including Strawberry and have found my new home, North Carolina to have excellent courses at half the price. For a short drive I can also go to South Carolina or Virginia and do the same.
Like Ca I can be at the beach or the mountains, eat great food in places like Asheville, Charlotte, Winston Salem, etc and well everyone is friendly. I mean everyone. I wish I had made the move sooner.