If you don't want to join a club, there are plenty of opportunities to play golf in the Cary/Raleigh area if you are a senior.
Tarheel Seniors- 15 Mondays this year at various courses- www.tarheelseniors.com
Triangle Seniors- 22 Mondays this year at various courses- www.triangleseniorsgolf.com
Cary Seniors- Sponsorred by Town of Cary- Play every Wednesday morning at Raleigh Golf Association course. Limited to Cary residents over 55. Contact the Senior Center at Bond Park . Most unstructured although they have 4-5 tournaments during the year and a few away events at other courses.
Harris Teeter Senior Tour- Thursday mornings- Most expensive ($65 or so). But you get to play a lot of great courses around the state and they have a large prize pool.
The Senior Amateur Golf Tour, flighted stroke play tournaments for players of all ages and handicaps
I play on the first three now, but did the Harris-Teeter for 6-7 years and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm a bridge director with a scheduled game on Thursdays so I had to drop off.
The first two charge $30 or $35, with prizes, closest to the pin, side skins pool. I guess Cary Seniors will charge around $25, only occasionally offers prizes.
Good luck......hit em straight.