Guest Author - Letta Meinen
This article caught my eye in the Golf For Women magazine this month. It is called “Golf-Home Hazards”, about living on a golf course. The article lists nine real estate mistakes people make when buying a home on a golf course. I live on a busy golf course next to the fairway of the feature golf hole called the Heart of Texas. I bought this home without making a personal tour, but I was very familiar with the golf course and homes here. In this article the following covers nine reasons one should check out before buying a home on a golf course.
1. Settling for a bad lot on a great course.
2. Buying too near the tee.
3. Committing to a course you don’t love.
4. Not being nosy enough.
5. Buying in the boondocks.
6. Speed-reading the rules and regulations.
7. Neglecting to add up all the fees.
8. Counting on rental income.
9. Assuming everyone is ga-ga for golf.
Many of the suggestions make sense as you don’t want to rush in and buy a lot just because it is a famous golf course. Your dream home will not appreciate if you only look into someone else’s patio not the golf course. Check also where your house will be located along the fairway, play the course to see where golf balls will most likely land. Make sure you will love playing this course on a daily basis. If you feel it is too difficult to play you may tire of having a home on this course.
Before you buy a lot or buy a home, check out all the amenities, like the club house, pool, tennis courts, restaurants and see if they are well kept and regulated. It is important to also ask questions about rules and regulations of a Homeowners Association of the Country Club. It is also important to get involved with any golf leagues or boards so you understand how the club operates.
It is important to check out just what it will cost you to belong to this golf course. Sometimes hidden fees and guest fees may be a big surprise if you do not check first. If you buy a townhouse connected to the Country Club it can it be used personally then rented out when you are not there? This can offset some of your fees and if you are comfortable with everything you may buy a more permanent home on this course.
This article makes many good suggestions and will give a person a guide line to follow when you are ready to make a big move to your favorite golf course. This is what happened to my husband and me as we purchased a townhouse many years ago and spent many winters here while enjoying this golf course. As age and time changes things my husband passed away three years ago and I decided I wanted to make this my permanent home. I was very familiar with the area, the people and the golf course so checked the local paper and internet for small homes that were for sale.
I did spend a week here checking out places for sale from homes to Condo’s but just as I was ready to make an offer they were already sold. My daughter-in-law who is a realtor in Houston sold my townhouse and through the internet found a small home directly on the golf course. When my son sent me the pictures I knew exactly where it was located and within a month the townhouse sold and I purchased my new home.
I do get some golf balls in my yard and after two years have had one broken window. I felt it was a wild golfer’s ball ricochet off a tree. I have a great view with enough area for flower beds and patio, an ideal location. I am involved with the ladies golf league also the Editor of the Homeowners Association Newsletter. I am very happy with my home on the golf course I feel very safe and love this golf course. I felt I followed most of these articles suggestions as they were very good for potential buyers. The article “Golf-Home Hazards” was written by Sarah Max who is a freelance writer specializing in real estate and investing.
My back yard right next to fairway of the Heart of Texas golf hole.