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.
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.