Living in a Golf Course Community certainly has its perks. Beautiful landscaping, privacy, amenities, high resale value and let’s face it – it’s prestigious to live on a golf course.
But not all golf course communities are the same. Before you begin your search for the perfect golf course community, decide what’s important to you. A golf course community can offer anything from just golf to a wide array of amenities. Is it a safe community—gated, well-lit, and patrolled? Is the community well-run? In good repair, and in good financial shape?
Let’s start with golf. Do you intend to play golf a lot? Do you prefer the challenge of playing a wide variety of courses, or maybe you need to find one good course that you can afford to play often. Would you be happy just to spend as much time as possible soaking up the ambiance of the links while sipping your morning coffee and watching a foursome sink their putts on the green just yards away from your back fence.
Then there’s the course and every course is different. Some are basic, some are challenging, some make you want to drive your cart into the nearest water hazard. What you like, and what you feel would be a good match for your skill and commitment levels, is an individual choice. But courses differ in more objective ways, too. For example how often, and how well, is the course maintained? What about the layout: forget for the moment about how it challenges your skill level, and pay attention to how it challenges your stamina. A long course, in a few years, may prove to be more than you can enjoy.
How important is the pro shop, and the all-important 19th hole…or is there? What about the level of hospitality? Is the staff helpful and friendly? Is the club pro not simply a good golfer, but a good instructor? Does the club offer organized leagues and tournaments? Some golf communities will have little or nothing in the way of amenities or shop inventory. How important is this to you?
Don’t forget to look into the rules of the course, especially who the course is open to. Many communities keep costs down by allowing non-residents to play the course—which makes it less expensive for you, but can create problems as well: harder to get a tee time, crowding, and more traffic.
Then there are the non-golf amenities to consider…everything from the community clubhouse to the social life of the community. Are there other recreational options, such as pools, tennis courts, and the like? How about amenities such as restaurants, libraries, spas? Also, take into account the surrounding area: is there easy access to shopping, churches, medical care? Is traffic a problem; and if so, is public transportation available?
Golf course communities are very appealing as a place to call home. One of the top reasons is their resale value-they’re a great investment! They may be as simple as a nine-hole golf course with few amenities to several golf courses in the community with top of the line amenities. The choice is yours.