The ideal retirement location for many golfers is to live on the course. They dream of getting up each morning and drinking their morning coffee while admiring the expanse of green fairway in front of them. They can't wait to take a quick ride in their own personal golf cart up to the club for a round before lunch. Life on a golf course is not all birdies, though. There are several things to consider before buying that dream house on the green.
1. Wayward Shots: When most people think of the drawbacks of living at a golf course, they immediately think about golf shots being shanked off the tee and flying through their living room window. Choosing a lot for your home that is closer to the green makes that less likely to happen. You can also talk to the developer about installing protection netting.
2. Mowing: All that gorgeous grass takes a lot of work to maintain, but they can't mow with golfers on the field. If you are a heavy sleeper, then you have nothing to worry about. Be aware, though, that most golf courses mow early in the morning to keep the fairways and greens pristine.
3. Noise: Golfers chat and joke around at the tee box while waiting to tee off and on the green while taking turns putting. If your golf course retirement home is located in either area, your backyard may get noisy from other people's conversations often. A home located in the middle of the fairway can reduce the noise.
4. Lack of Privacy: While golf development planners try to be considerate of both homeowners and golfers in their designs, some cart paths can come close to your backyard. No one wants to be enjoying a dip in the hot tub while a foursome parks their carts ten feet away. Choose a lot that does not have a cart path at the property line to ensure your privacy.
5. Deed Restrictions: As you would expect, golf course communities have strict HOAs (homeowner's associations) to deal with. While architectural covenants are important in master-planned communities, be sure to read the deed restrictions carefully. Some golf communities prevent you from installing a swing set, a pool, or even the wrong genus of plant in your backyard.
If you consider the above and still love the idea of retiring in a golf course home, then follow your retirement dreams.
Talk to your realtor to learn more about golf homes.