Anyone who loves golfing knows that living on a golf course would just be a natural extension of riding or walking the greens and playing a game of golf for personal enjoyment. Golf clubs are plentiful around the country, as well as the homes that surround them. Here are some tips and ideas, including some pros and cons to think about for buying a home beside a golf course.
Pros for living on a golf course
Proximity to Golfing: Face it, if you love golfing, what better reason is there to live on the side of a golf course… this is a super exciting lure for avid golfers! Now that this has been dealt with and gotten out of the way, here are some other reasons to buy property on a golf course.
Location, location, location: If your home is in a good location near the golf course it can cost you more, but can also be worth more later when you sell it. The value of your home can go up or down, depending, so be sure to understand the location of your home compared to the golf course itself.
Park-like atmosphere: Admit it, golf greens remind you of having a large park in your backyard, as if it were an extension of your own yard! The view can be wonderful with trees, sky, grass, and ponds or lakes. If you like lawns and parks with open fields, then living on the golf course could be your natural haven. Lawns are lovingly groomed and immaculately kept.
Wildlife: Being near the golf course greens allows you to see birds of all kinds, ducks, geese, or even blue herons in some areas, plus woodpeckers and other birds that enjoy the occasional patch of trees or water. Raccoons and squirrels and even the occasional lost skunk or other small animals sometimes tour around, including neighborhood cats or dogs, although the latter hopefully is rare as long as most people keep them inside or fenced. In some areas even deer or other larger animals tour through.
Celebrities: On occasion, at certain golf courses, you may actually see a famous celebrity playing golf right behind your house.
New Hobby: You can collect golf balls, as many do, and make things with them, or give them away, or whatever else your imagination thinks of.
Cons against living on a golf course
Golf Balls: Of course, to be fair, the cons of owning a home on a golf course should be mentioned, of which the #1 complaint is usually golf balls! Golf balls flying and damaging your home or breaking a window appears to be the most common complaint of people who have property at the edges of golf courses. If you are outside there is always the possibility of a ball hitting you as well, although this is typically less common as people are much smaller targets than an entire house. To help this some people construct a gazebo or covered porch for sitting outside. Putting bars on the windows or having Plexiglas windows mounted in front of your regular windows may also help in areas facing the greens. Large trees between the greens and your house act as a great shelter. Other ways to reduce golf ball accidents is to buy a home that is not in the direct pathway of the balls are being hit, and install siding that is ball-resistant so that any hits will just bounce off rather than dent. Be aware that some Homeowners Associations do not allow netting or other things placed in the yard or on the house, so double check the rules! Also check for deed restrictions.
Chemicals: If you are sensitive to chemical exposure remember that greens are highly fertilized with chemical fertilizers as well as herbicides to keep the weeds down and the greens… well, green. There may not be too many studies out there for people who have lived long-term with exposure to these chemicals, so be aware and know your health and body and make any decisions accordingly. At the very least be familiar with the wind patterns in the area and do not buy downwind.
Lawnmowers: Remember that mowing is done typically early in the morning (sometimes before dawn) with large mowers, sometimes as often as every day in some seasons. If noise from the mowers or gas fumes bother you then you may want to keep this in mind. Most people just move inside for a little while until the sound ceases. Golf carts also make noise and give off fumes (if gas powered) too.
Those are the breaks: Realize that some golfers may not be able to make it to the bathroom so may take a washroom break or smoke break by your trees. It happens. People on the greens or at tee boxes also may look over into your yard or house, so ensure that your house is private or semi-private if you do not want peeping Toms or to see them doing things you may not wish to view.
Despite all this, keep in mind that homes on a golf course typically are fairly quiet, peaceful, and beautiful places to be, and most people thoroughly enjoy living there compared to the low risk of random flying golf balls. Overall, most people can deal with these smaller inconveniences, or are not bothered by them at all, or simply make adjustments and then can relax and thoroughly enjoy their home on the golf course!