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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about Golf Course Living

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It is easy to see the attraction of buying a house near a golf course, especially if playing golf is a favorite past time – you can stroll over to the first tee anytime, enjoy gorgeous views, and when you tire of your own golf game, you can enjoy watching others play. Sounds like heaven for golf lovers, right?

Paradise – or Pain

When shopping for a house near a golf course, you may envision family and friends having fun in the pool, early tee times, and relaxing meals with a golf game for an entertaining backdrop. Fortunately for many families, this experience comes true. But if you aren’t careful, your relaxation could be spoiled by loud curses from sunrise to sunset, golf balls upsetting the silence and maybe even a new vase on the patio, or strangers hunting through your property on quests to retrieve their $4 ProV1s.  Your dream could turn into a nightmare, not to mention a nasty lawsuit, if the proper precautions are not taken. To spare you the bad and the ugly, and keep the good, this article offers  advice and questions you should ask before buying near a golf course.


Considerations You Need to Take

Each position on a golf course has its drawbacks and advantages when it comes to where a home is placed. Location is definitely the first thing to consider before you buy.
By the tee:
– Advantage: There will be a lot of excitement here. You get to see the power shots at the beginning of the hole.
– Disadvantage: As each new group comes through, you’ll likely hear a fair share of cursing, which tends to be the worst on the tee.

Mid hole, right:
– Advantage: This position may give you a good view of the entire hole.
– Disadvantage: Most right handers tend to slice the ball (it goes to the right), and the course will definitely not be filled with professionals. Unless your home is well-protected, lots of balls will be flying onto your property.

Mid hole, left:
– Advantage: Here, you will likely get a good view of the entire hole.

-Disadvantage:  You will experience fewer incoming balls here, since better (and therefore rarer) golfers tend to hook. However, hooks tend to be hit harder and go farther, so they could do more damage even to well-protected properties.

Near the green:
– Advantage: Potentially the best position, here you get a pretty view, and the generally shorter shots tend to be less wild and therefore less dangerous. You’ll hear less talking, and therefore less swearing. You’ll have the best seat in the house if there’s a big tournament on your course.                  – Disadvantage: If you are too close to the green, as with anywhere on the course, your home could be susceptible to an errant ball. Also, greens are mowed very early in the morning, so if you are a light sleeper, this may not be the best option for you.

Other Considerations

Noise: There is a lot of machinery on a golf course that often operates in the early morning. You’ll also probably hear some loud conversations.
Pesticides: Chemicals are a fact of life on golf courses. You won’t be able to control what gets put in the atmosphere immediately adjacent to your home – and those could include herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides.
Beauty: This lifestyle can provide you with a peaceful, beautiful neighborhood if you choose well – don’t be disheartened, there are definitely advantages!
Distances and protections: There are recommended distances that homes and yards should be from an active golf course, but many projects don’t follow protocol. It’s important to compare those distances to the home you are considering. Death and serious injuries can be prevented with Lexan windows and other such precautions.
Water holes: Be prepared for bugs or even bigger critters in exchange for the beauty of water holes. Alligators and water moccasins are a serious hazard to pets and small children in the deep south.
Do your research: Talk with your potential neighbors and try to get a feel for what happens in your new neighborhood, and how you would fit in there. Of course, play the course a few times to understand the hazards you might face as a homeowner – and the joys you might experience as a resident golfer!

Get started on your search by checking out golf communities in Florida.

Comments: What do you think about living on a golf course – dream or nightmare.  Share your thoughts with your fellow visitors.

Posted by admin on March 16th, 2011

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