As an avid golfer, your dream may be to own a home on a golf course. You will have a complimentary or highly discounted membership to the course, which means you will be able to go out in your golf cart at nearly any time of day for a convenient game. This situation sounds perfect, but there are a few factors you should consider before taking out your mortgage.
The biggest adjustment when moving to a golf community is dealing with errant balls. As you know, the ball doesn’t always stay on the course during the game. Homes on golf courses are not usually enclosed by fences, so you will certainly have golfers entering your backyard to search for their lost balls. A more serious issue is the high probability that a ball will shatter a window in your home. There are a few steps you can take to prevent this problem. First, location is key, so look for a home behind the tee box, which is the most unlikely to get hit. Secondly, while keeping in accordance with your community’s rules, plant some shrubs or trees around your yard to protect your house. Finally, purchase adequate homeowner’s insurance to cover you in case of an accident.
Homeowners on a golf course must also be prepared for noise early in the morning. Greens keepers often perform maintenance on the course before the first tee-off, and groups of early bird golfers naturally like to socialize as they play. If you like sleeping late, make sure your house’s bedrooms face away from the course.
In general, the benefits of living on a golf course far outweigh the disadvantages. Because the course needs to be kept to certain standards appearance-wise, landscaping for the surrounding homes is often included in your annual community fee, giving you one less thing to worry about. Best of all, due to the shared interest among neighbors, golf communities often have a small-town feel, with lots of social activities generating life-long friendships. If that sounds like your cup of tea, living on a golf course could be for you.