3 Special Considerations For Buying A House On A Golf Course

If you are looking to purchase a home in a community that has its own private golf course, then there are some special considerations you need to be aware of before you make a purchasing decision, including:

Consideration 1: The Homeowner's Association's CC&Rs

Since you are looking at a house that is located within a golfing community, then you can bet on the fact that it will have a homeowner's association (HOA). The HOA has a set of rules and regulations that you will be required to follow known as the covenants, conditions, and restrictions -- also referred to as CC&Rs. Before you make a purchase offer, you should carefully review the HOA's CC&Rs to determine what you can and cannot do with your property once you own it. For example, some HOA's restrict the colors of paint you can use or the height of any fences you want to install around your yard.

In addition to the restrictions listed in the CC&R documents, they will also include a thorough explanation of the monthly or yearly costs you will be responsible for paying as a member of the association. Since these costs can vary wildly from one HOA to another, this is a very important consideration before you make a purchase offer on a house. Get a complete list of the regulations from your real estate agent before you seriously consider any golf course home. 

Consideration 2: Possible Property Damage from Golf Balls

Since some golfers are more skilled at the sport than others, living too close to the golf course will mean that you can expect property damage from mishit balls. Golf balls are hard and will break your windows, damage your siding, and can even injure people and pets in your yard. You can mitigate some of this damage by choosing a home that is not along a fairway, not near a tee, or is on a street not directly connected to the golf course.

Consideration 3: Quiet and Privacy in Your Backyard

While the views of the golf course are beautiful and serene, the course will sometimes be congested with people leading to problems with noise, unwanted odors, and a lack of privacy in your backyard.

For example, if you choose a house that is located next to a tee box, then you will often hear people talking and sometimes the yelling of swear words as golfers miss their hits. Golfers also use golf carts that make noise and can give off noxious smells as they burn gas.

Even when no one is currently playing golf, there will be maintenance crews working on the course and its surrounding landscaping. The landscapers' mowers, blowers, and other equipment will be noisy and will also cause odors.

Finally, if your backyard is not fenced and you can see the golf course, then the players and maintenance staff will be able to see in your backyard. If you like privacy in your yard, then this might be something for you to consider before buying a house directly adjacent to the golf course.