For many avid golf fans, living on a golf course is a dream come true. What could possibly be better than having unlimited access to your favorite sport, right in your own backyard? Golf fans aren’t the only ones who move to golf course homes, either. In this article we explore whether a golf course home will suit your needs.
No matter where you live in the country, golf course clubs generally have membership fees associated with them. Whether it’s a joining fee, annual dues, or extra fees associated with club perks, members can expect to pay for a spot in the club. For those who live on golf courses, these fees usually still apply. Those interested in living on a golf course should prepare to pay for being part of the club. These fees often are non-negotiable and mandatory, so be sure to check the club’s policy to confirm.
In addition to fees, these golf clubs usually have stringent membership transfer policies. Some communities will not allow its members to transfer to another golf club. Before choosing a golf course home, it’s very important that you do your research into the particular club and its culture, since you won’t be able to choose a different one until you move out of the community. And if you move away from the golf course, membership fees may not be refundable. Choose wisely!
Living on a golf course doesn’t mean you only have the option to play golf. Indeed, most golf course communities offer residents a wide breadth of amenities. The exact amenities vary from community to community, but you can expect to find other sports courts (tennis, volleyball, etc.), workout rooms, a clubhouse restaurant, a pool, or even a spa! Additionally, many golf course homes are strategically built around entertainment hubs, so more restaurants, movies, and shopping centers can be a short walk or drive away from home. With so much recreation at your fingertips, you’ll never be bored.
The only drawback is that not all amenities may be free. It’s not unusual for residents to have to pay an extra fee to access the clubhouse gym or pool. Be sure to check the amenities policy before signing any contracts.
Perks – Not Only for Golf Fans!
Everyone who lives on a golf course must be a huge golf fan, right? Not necessarily. There are plenty of reasons to live on a golf course that have nothing to do with improving your putting in your own backyard. One of the main reasons why non-golf fans may choose to live on a golf course is its sense of security. Golf courses usually have a large security presence, such as checking in visitors before they can enter the premises and having onsite security patrolling the gated area. Even most gated housing communities don’t usually have this much security!
More great reasons to live on a golf course include the sense of community and location. Whether you like golf or not, living on a golf course offers ample opportunities for socializing and making new friends. Golf course communities often host non-golf events, such as barbecues, game nights, or movie nights that allow you to relax and expand your social network. With so many non-golf amenities offered, living on a golf course can feel like living in any other luxury community. Other residents may live on a golf course due to its proximity to shopping centers, as mentioned. Additionally, they may want their children to be zoned to a particular school district. Don’t write off a golf course home just because you’re not interested in the sport!
Should I Move to a Golf Course?
There’s no easy answer on whether it makes sense for you to live on a golf course. The obvious answer is that golf fans may love it – as long as they enjoy the particular golf club, of course. Those who choose golf course houses should also have the financial flexibility to take on fees such as club membership and even the homeowner association, which may be mandatory.
Potential residents should also be prepared for the daily reality of living on a golf course. Maintaining the fairways takes work, and maintenance will often power up those lawnmowers early in the morning, including weekends. Privacy is scarce; your backyard, if you have one at all, is often small and wide open to the public eye. Since both residents and visitors alike can use the golf course, you may be hard-pressed at carving out a space of solitude.
For those who truly live and breathe for the sport, those downsides can easily be waved away in favor of all the perks. There’s nothing quite like living in a community with those who are dedicated to the same sport; you never have to look far for someone to play with and exchange swing tips with on a sunny weekend. Even those who are lukewarm on golf at best can appreciate the amenities, security, and overall community feeling.
Sarah graduated from Trinity University in 2012 with a degree in International Relations and Political Science. She writes blogs on new homes, decor, communities, and more for NewHomeSource. When she’s not writing, you can find her spending time with her three cats.