Outdoor enthusiasts love living in Orange County. Excellent weather, beaches and mountains provide endless opportunities to explore. The amazing weather patterns also provide 350 days a year to play golf. For those that enjoy playing golf, having a golf course view from your home can be a dream come true.
Aside from all the benefits of living near a golf course you should consider these possible downsides.
The primary appeal of living near a golf course is the view from your backyard, gently rolling greens, clusters of trees, ponds, lakes and other water features as well as an occasional wildlife sighting. Look into the pesticide and fertilizer practices of the golf course superintendent. These days courses are working to be more sustainable and more safe.
You may not have a house right behind you but you have to be ok with golfers passing by all day and the inevitable stray golf ball followed by a stray golfer tramping through your yard. You should probably avoid homes between 150-300 yards from the teeing ground.
What time do the mowers roll by your bedroom window? Remember Saturdays and Sundays are busy golf days so the mowers start before sunrise at most courses. You could invest in triple pane windows for noise reduction and golf ball proofing. Golf carts passing by could be a nuisance as well as the passing by of bad language.
Homes within a golf course community are often bound by strict real estate covenants. While beautifully maintained homes along a manicured course can certainly enhance property values, you should read the fine print ahead of time. There may be rules against putting up nets or limits on construction. I've even heard of HOA bylaws forbidding walking to the course with your clubs. Crazy.
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