"Well that one sliced way right... definitely going to end up in somebody’s backyard!"

Have you ever thought about buying your home on a golf course? While there can be several positives to living on a golf course, there are a couple of downsides you might want to consider before you spend your green living by the green.

Downside No. 1 - Flying Golf Balls

A golfer yells “FORE,” and the next thing you hear is the sound of your kitchen window shattering. No matter what the skill level of a golfer is, there will always be the chance of golf balls landing in your yard or damaging your house. So, when you’re looking at buying a home on a golf course, you need to look at where the house is located on that specific hole.

Here is an example of a Par 4 hole labeled with three different Risk Zones. The first area in green is the “Almost No Risk Zone.” Locations in front of the tees and way behind the putting green are the most ideal places to buy a house. There will always be the chance of a golf ball ricocheting and bouncing into your yard from this zone, but generally speaking, the risk of a ball actually landing in your yard or causing damage to your home is much lower.

The next area in yellow is the “Low Risk Zone.” This area is close enough to the green or tees that there’s less chance of having golf balls just shoot off and fly sideways into your house. It’s important to remember that there will always be a risk of seeing golf balls in your yard - the golfing you see from your backyard is not the same as seen on TV, and the balls can fly in all different directions.

The final area in red is the “High Risk Zone.” Buying a home inside this zone will almost guarantee you will never have to buy another golf ball in your life as many will be flying into your yard. Not only that, but people may walk on your property to retrieve their golf balls and might even try to lean over your fence with a ball retriever to snatch them up. One important thing to note is that when you are standing on the tee box looking toward the green, the homes on the right are more likely to house golf balls, because most golfers are right handed and amateur golfers have a tendency to slice the ball to the right.

But it’s not just the golf balls you have to worry about - sometimes it’s the golfers themselves.

Downside No. 2 - Limited Privacy 

Living on a golf course means not only do you have to deal with your physical neighbors, but sometimes you have to deal with “temporary” neighbors as well. Golfers using carts on the course means they will be driving near your home, creating a little loss of privacy. It could also become noisy at times inside your home. Alcohol will get consumed on the golf course, especially during best ball tournaments. But even on a regular weekend, groups will be drinking alcohol, so things can get a little loud and sometimes people can get a little bit obnoxious out there. Visit homes during these busier times so you can see just what it is you might be getting yourself into.

If you don’t want your home buying experience to be subpar, keep these thoughts in mind and remember the three most important rules about real estate.