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Monday, March 12, 2007

People who live in glass houses should not live mid fairway

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    People who don't play golf purchase homes on a course for the nice views and the expected appreciations for their properties.  When we push the occasional drive beyond the OB stakes and into a backyard, we can always tell if the home is owned by a golfer or not.  The golfer, if he is out back, will be holding the ball and toss it back to us, a knowing smile on his face.  The non-golfer will have a scowl on his face, not acknowedge the location of the ball, and grunt (or worse) if we move to retrieve it.
    Should any non-golfers be reading this and in the market for a home on the course, here's our take on the best positions for your home.  First, behind a tee looking down the fairway; the views will be great and you'll have no chance to be in the way of a 100 mph pellet rocketed at your home.  Next choice is at greenside on a par 3, preferably left of the green (ball flights from those who hook the ball, we all know, are more predictable than from those who slice).  A body of water separating you from the green adds an extra measure of precaution -- and helps with the view as well.  The worst place for your house is about 200 yards down the right side of a par 4 or par 5; if you must have your house there, have a strong roof, preferably not metal, and shatterproof glass.  Avoid the ubiquitous stucco exterior so popular in Florida and Arizona lest the outside of your house wind up looking as if it were in downtown Baghdad.
    Consider yourself warned.

Two degrees of separation:  If you need to live at mid fairway, try to get a body of water between you and a big slice.  This home at Debordieu near Georgetown, SC, is well positioned for dent-free living.
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Larry Gavrich

This blog was conceived and is published by me, Larry Gavrich, a former corporate communications executive who founded HomeOnTheCourse, LLC, in 2005.  Our firm advises baby boomers and others seeking a lifestyle in which golf is a major component.  My wife Connie and I own a home in Connecticut (not on a golf course) and a condo at Pawleys Plantation in Pawleys Island, SC, on a Jack Nicklaus layout.  We began our search for our home on the course more than 15 years ago, and the challenges of the search inspired me to research golf communities and write objective reviews of them.