If you’re an avid golfer like so many Scottsdale residents are, buying a home that overlooks a golf course probably sounds like a dream come true! However, before you make any decisions, you need to do your research to make sure that living on a golf course is the right choice for you. Here are a few things to consider before you buy a golf home in Scottsdale.
Think about where on the golf course you want to live
As a golfer, you likely understand that not all parts of the course are equal. Living by the fairways is a little different than buying a home by the tee box. Though there are pros and cons of each part of the course, you’ll find that living behind the tee box is usually your best bet if you want to avoid golf balls hitting your house. Of course, this is usually the most expensive spot for a golf home in Scottsdale.
Another desirable but expensive spot on the course is the greens. This is where your home is unlikely to get hit by many golf balls, since people take shorter shots here. However, the greens area needs to be well maintained, which means you might hear the sounds of landscaping early in the morning.
If you want a deal, you can find a golf home in Scottsdale along the fairways. Just note that the price drop is due to the increased chance of your house being hit by golf balls, especially if you’re on the right side of the hole, since many golfers are right handed and hit the ball that direction.
Find out the perks of the community
The main benefits of golf course living include being close to your favorite course and having an amazing view. Most courses also offer some additional amenities, and you should find out what they are before you choose a golf course community. Just one common benefit is reduced rates on your club membership, allowing you access to the course, clubhouse, sport courts, and more.
For instance, The Country Club at DC Ranch has an 18-hole par-71 course, along with a clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, tranquil courtyards, and a fitness center. The Silverleaf Club is another great option if you want a beautiful golf home in Scottsdale. When you buy a home there and join the golf club, you can access the 18-hole par-72 course, clubhouse, spa, pools, and fitness center.
Make sure golf course living is right for you
Golf homes are a hot commodity, especially in cities that appeal to retirees, like Scottsdale. But some buyers are not prepared for the possible drawbacks that can come with golf course living. That’s why it’s important to spend some time in the area before you choose a golf home in Scottsdale.
If you are interested in a particular home, you should pay attention to a few details while you’re touring it, especially while you’re in the backyard. For example, stand outside while the golf course is open and take note of how noisy it is. You can expect to hear groups of golfers talking and laughing, hitting golf balls, and driving their golf carts. Plus, there might be landscapers mowing part of the course in the mornings. If the noise bothers you, you might want to look at homes on another part of the course, if you get a golf home in Scottsdale at all.
Of course, another big part of living in a golf course home is that golf balls will hit your house at least once in a while. But some homes in particular are directly in the path of lots of flying golf balls, so look for signs of damage – or a large collection of golf balls on the property – when you tour the house you like. If you find that lots of balls have hit the house and you still want to buy it, be sure to either budget for repairs or find out if your insurance covers the damages. Either way, most homeowners in golf communities find their house and lifestyle to be worth the risk of flying golf balls!
Are you ready to start looking at golf course homes in Scottsdale? The Matheson Team will be happy to help you find the right house for your family on your preferred golf course!
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