on Jun 17, 2019 1:40:11 PM

Golf Course Living: What to Expect

Whether you’re an avid golfer or not, there are some major upsides to buying a home in a community located on a golf course. From the beautiful views of lush greens to the serene stillness of not having backyard neighbors, living on the links may be just what you’re looking for in your next home. Before you buy, however, make sure to weigh both the pros and cons of golf course living.

Topflight Scenery:

Golf courses are known for manicured greens and plush landscaping, which you can enjoy out your back windows and from your patio. But keep in mind that courses are typically mowed in the early morning, sometimes before the sun is up. If you have a bedroom that faces out to the course, you could be woken by noise from the grounds crew.

Privacy & Proximity:

While you don’t have to worry about any nosy backyard neighbors, a home backing up to a golf course may not be as private as you think. Golfers will be walking or driving a cart past your home much of the day, seven days a week when the weather is nice. An errant golf ball could find its way into your yard or worse… through a window. If you’re wary of wayward shots, focus your efforts on finding a home further away from the fairways.

Premier Access:

For those who love to golf, there’s no better place to live than on a golf course. You can leave home and be at the clubhouse in less than five minutes – just think of all the additional time to play and practice! While there is plenty of green space and paths in a golf course community, make sure you understand the rules of use before buying. Many courses limit where you can walk or bike around them, and some may restrict leisure or dog-walking activities in certain areas.


Golf communities are commonly regulated by a homeowners association, which helps to keep homes well-maintained and property values up. However, you could be restricted in the types of home improvement projects you can do based on your location on a golf course. Take a look at the HOA covenants and restrictions prior to purchasing a home to ensure they aren’t too strict for your taste.

If golf course living sounds like a dream, Hubbell has homes available in several central Iowa communities. The Greens at Woodland Hills features homes tucked around the Woodland Hills Golf Course in Des Moines, while there are two golf course communities with homes for sale in Norwalk (The Legacy and Village on the Ridge). If Pleasant Hill is your desired location, Copper Wynd has move-in ready homes around Copper Creek Golf Club.

And don’t worry if a home in a golf course community isn’t your preference: Hubbell Homes is here to help!