The Pros and Cons of Golf Course Living
There’s no shortage of beautiful golf courses in the country, especially surrounded by neighborhoods that offer gorgeous homes overlooking the links. Living on a golf course used to imply a certain level of luxury and prestige. These days, neighborhoods that surround golf courses offer homes of varying sizes, styles, and price ranges, opening the door to homeowners of all types and financial status. There are some great advantages to living on a golf course, but there are also plenty of disadvantages. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of life on the fairways and greens.
Views: Obviously, a prime reason for wanting to live on a golf course is the pristine landscaping with gorgeous views, especially on Colorado’s incredible mountain courses. Most courses offer views of rolling greens, mature trees, ponds, fountains, and even wildlife. However, close proximity to a tee or a fairway means a golf ball could fly into your
yard or right through your window at any moment. Golf courses also include regular usage of pesticides and fertilizers, which could harm pets and children.
Privacy: Overlooking a golf course means you’re not peeking into a neighbor’s back yard, and they’re not peeking into yours. Instead of staring at someone else’s overgrown lawn and mildewy siding, you get a view of manicured fairways and greens. On the other hand, privacy isn’t always guaranteed. Depending on how close you are to the fairway, you could have golfers and errant balls invading your space all day long, even hitting off your patio or deck. If a golf course has a large tournament, the galleries could be annoying.
Noise: Luckily, golf is a daytime game, which means that once the sun goes down, you’re free to enjoy your privacy, peace, and quiet all evening long. Golf is usually a pretty quiet sport as well, which is a major pro. If you’re not a morning person, you might not enjoy living in a home on a golf course. Maintenance crews are mowing and repairing sprinklers very early in the morning, so if noise is an issue, make sure your home isn’t close to a tee or cart path.
Amenities: If you’re a golfer, living on a golf course could be a dream come true. You can wake up in the morning, have a cup of coffee while admiring the rough or fairway outside your home, and then take your very own golf cart and meet your buddies for an early tee time. Golf communities also usually include tennis courts, swimming pools, clubhouses, restaurants, and other great amenities. However, many courses have restrictions on where you can walk, hike, especially when it comes to cart paths and official landscaping. Since the community is centered around golf, that is the first and foremost concern for those in charge. Those extra amenities can come at a premium as well. Even though homeowners are sometimes offered discounts on club memberships and greens fees, dues and fees could be pretty steep depending on the community.
HOA restrictions: Golf course communities often have notoriously strict covenants, conditions, and restrictions. Living under a homeowners association comes with its own long list of pros and cons. The number one advantage to a strict HOA is beautifully maintained houses and landscaping. Sometimes, HOAs can really put a damper on your desire to put a personal touch on your home. The number of home improvement projects you can complete without prior approval is usually very limited. Some HOAs even have restrictions on allowable types of holiday decorations, vehicles in driveways, visible sports equipment, and more. HOA dues can also be pricy in golf course communities.