Are you considering buying a home located on a golf course? Often times when people think of living in an Arizona Dream home, they think of living on a golf course. After all, Arizona is known for it’s world famous golf courses and living on a golf course brings a special ambiance to your home, along with fabulous views. There are key location differences that you should evaluate prior to purchasing a golf course home. Here are some additional tips to consider if you’re thinking about purchasing a golf course home.
Safety – The biggest concern living on the golf course is safety. Will a ball come flying into my yard or hit a window or the house. This is often especially concerning to families who don’t want their kids at risk in the back yard.
- Placement on the course is key – fairway vs. tee box vs. hole and the angle placement of the home vs. direction balls will be hit.
- All golf course home owners hope that all golfers are skilled enough to aim their balls in the right direction, but there is a reason you hear “Fore” on golf courses, so you have to evaluate the potential of balls heading in the direction of the home.
- Visit the golf pro shop and get educated about the angles and directions of balls on the course vs. the home. Also talk to the pro shop about the types of players that use the course. Do they host a lot of charity or corporate events – often less skilled golfers will participate in those.
- Look around the house to see if there are any noticable patches or holes in the siding.
- Look around the yard…often times there will be balls in the yard and that’s an indication that balls could be coming in the yard.
- Talk to neighbors and see if there are any stories about broken windows or issues in the surrounding homes.
- Sellers should disclose if they’ve had balls in the yard or hit the house, and you’ll also get an insurance history report that will indicate if they’ve had insurance claims related to golf damage, but it’s important to do your own fact finding too.
- One noise people often forget about is golfer noise. If your home is near the tee box, you may hear some colorful language when a golfer is disappointed in their shot.
- If your home is near the golf cart path you’ll hear more noise from the passing by.
- Beverage carts often travel along the course, so the closer your home is to the 18th hole, you can often hear some additional colorful language.
- Another noise is related to course maintenance. If your home is near the maintenance building, you’ll likely hear the workers arriving early in the morning to prep the course. It would also be good to find out what time and where they start their day with maintenance around the course and if they have any time restrictions.
- Some golf course homes are set-back nicely from the course and have a nice buffer.
- Some golf course homes are adjacent the golf cart path.
- Some are next to the tee box or hole, so golfers will be stopping and hanging out near your back fence.
- Not all views are created equal either – some homes are elevated such that it’s hard to see the course.
- Some lots show more desert terrain rather than green golf course views.
- Some have an amazing view!
There is no denying that for a lot of people, living on a golf course is a dream come true…endless beautiful views, no homes behind you, fantastic ambiance and some added entertainment. But do keep in mind that some golf course lot locations are superior to others. You’ll want to investigate the placement on the course, potential noise issues, safety issues and compare views to determine if the home is right for you and to help determine the difference in value..again not all golf course homes are equal in location, so they won’t be equal in price.
If you have any questions about living on a golf course, contact Holly at Holly@Henbest.com or 480-266-8785.