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Buying on a Golf Course? Here are the 3 Main Things to Consider

Written by Posted On Tuesday, 13 August 2019 13:04
Buying on a Golf Course? Here are the 3 Main Things to Consider Will Friedner

 

Living on a golf course is the dream for many people. Looking out your window at a perfectly manicured golf course sounds like the perfect setting. Who wouldn’t want that in their backyard? If this is something that you have always dreamed of, there are three things that you should check into before you make that purchase. Failing to research these three things could affect your enjoyment or cost you a lot of money. 

 

1.Location of the House

 

The location of the house in relation to the particular hole is paramount. If the house is located around 200 yards from the tee box, it is in a prime location for errant golf balls. Most beginner or higher handicap golfers hit their tee shots somewhere around 200 yards. If the hole is a long Par 4 or a par 5, this will increase the odds of the house being hit by poor golf shots. On longer holes, people swing harder, which increases the likelihood of an errant shot. 

 

If you are not familiar with the course, walk the entire hole and look at the layout to determine if the house is in a prime landing area for bad shots. Another good idea is to spend a half-hour or so on a busy day and watch a few groups play the hole. You will know in a short amount of time if the house is in a poor location.

 

Another thing to think about is where the cart path is located on the hole. Remember, golf is an early morning sport. If you have a cart path right behind your house, you are going to have people right outside of your back window early in the morning. Most people don’t like a lot of extra company as they have their morning coffee!

 

2. HOA’s

 

Check the HOA documents carefully. Different courses have different rules as far as what you can do to the backside of your house. Some people will not feel safe in their back yard unless they have a protective net installed. Make sure you understand the rules and find out if you are allowed to install a net. 

 

Another way to shield the house is with landscaping. A strategically placed tree or hedge may look better than a net, but the HOA may have strict rules on landscaping along the course. Check the HOA rules and also look at the neighboring homes to see how people are protecting their homes.

 

3. Golf Course Financials

 

Checking the financials is something that hardly anyone considers when buying on a golf course. Since the peak in the 1990s, new golf course construction has slowed, and courses have been closing all over the country. Ask for the financial details and membership trends before you buy. Your beautiful view of a manicured course may turn into a view of a brown, unmowed field if the course goes under.

 

Set up a meeting with the General Manager of the golf course and ask about the future plans and how they are planning on attracting new members. Make sure the course is on a good path; the future value of your house depends on it!

If you would like more information on golf courses in your area, check out this website.


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