5 Tips When Buying a Golf Course Home

Estancia back entranceLife on a golf course in Scottsdale would be a dream come true for many prospective home buyers. A golf course creates a lush, picture perfect landscape of impeccably maintained lawns. Many times, in a golf course community, the homes are often situated so that neighboring homes are not instantly visible, since all views face the fairway. The best thing for avid golfers about owning a golf course home, is their next round of play is only steps away.

As with most things, there are pros and cons to golf course living. Following these simple steps will help you determine if prospective golf course living is for you.

1.Remember that courses are expertly maintained early and often. This means lawns are cut early morning before rounds are played. In Scottsdale, year-round golf means maintenance year-round.

How to alleviate? If your a light sleeper, look for a home situated on a fairway and somewhat distant areas that need more maintenance (such as tee boxes.) A home that the master bedroom is positioned away from the course will also be helpful. Black out curtains will help early morning cart headlights from disturbing your sleep.

2. When prospecting a golf course property, notice the location of cart paths. If the cart path is directly behind the home, you will see golf carts scooting by all day. This could disrupt the serene environment your looking for.

How to alleviate? Sometimes homes in these high-traffic areas are great deals in price. Check into good landscaping which can block out disturbance. A two story home would still offer those amazing views. Also, position pools, decks, and outdoor features as to minimize the disruption from carts.

3. The greens and tee boxes tend to be regular stopping points. Each golfer will be visible and their chatter will be audible.

How to alleviate? Always visit the back of the house that faces the course, and take it all in. Sit for a while, and come back at different times of the day. Wait for a group to come through and pay attention to where they park their carts and how much noise they make. You will know immediately if the home positioned where it is, is for you.

4. Golf course homes almost always are in deed-restricted communities. In these communities many aspects of the homes outside maintenance are regulated by an HOA (homeowners’ association). Property features such as a swing set in the backyard facing the course will not be allowed.

How to alleviate? Always ask for the HOA guidelines to read through before putting in an offer on the home. If you appreciate the look and feel of the neighborhood, most likely it is because it is many aspects of the guidelines appeal to you. If your not sure you want to live within the strict guidelines, a different community is probably for you. Non-golf activities are not allowed on the course.

How to alleviate? Many golf course communities also offer club house activities, as well as parks and sidewalks throughout so you can enjoy your favorite activities as well as golf.

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