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To some, the idea of living in a custom-built house overlooking a golf course is a dream come true. Golfing communities like Chatham Hills in Westfield or Holliday Farms In Zionsville are popular — especially with lots that overlook a perfectly landscaped fairway.

When you start designing your custom-built home, you may find out that there are some nuances that go along with living on a golf course. Your design group will have some more detailed suggestions, but here’s a quick list that will help you get through the early morning landscaping, winter doldrums and those errant golf balls that may end up in your yard.

Plant Trees On The Tee Box Side Of Your Yard

Trees are a nice natural barrier for errant golf balls -- especially on the tee-box side of the hole.
Trees are a nice natural barrier for errant golf balls — especially on the tee-box side of the hole.

When you live along a golf course, there’s always a chance that an errant golf ball will fly into your yard. Some people try to mitigate poor golf shots by planting trees along the edge of their lot, giving them natural protection from non-perfect swings. And while the trees may block that line-drive into your kitchen window, they will also block your golf course view.

When deciding where to plant your trees, you may want to concentrate foliage on the tee box side of the hole, and then leave your lot open on the green side. That way you can experience the beauty of the golf course and still get protection from most tee shots — until someone achieves a 90° slice.

Create A Space To Enjoy The Winter Scenes

A sun room is a great way to enjoy the serenity of a golf course view -- even in the winter.
A sun room is a great way to enjoy the serenity of a golf course view — even in the winter.

In the spring and summer, it’s easy to sit on the deck or custom-designed patio space and watch the activity on the course. But remember, those views are just as beautiful during those Indiana winters. The slight hills and valleys of a golf course look absolutely magical with a blanket of snow over it, especially when they are untouched or have a sprinkling of animal footprints cutting across. Just watching the watching snowflakes cover the fairway can put you in a serene state of mind.

Of course, you won’t be sitting on the deck too much during these snowy scenes. Instead, you will want to talk with your builders about creating some spaces where you can thoroughly enjoy the views inside. By including a 4-season sunroom, you can ensure that you get full use of your views. Otherwise, you can have a bay window or large picture windows in your design, so you can enjoy those winter scenes while sipping from a warm mug of hot chocolate.

Enjoy More Than Golf At The Clubhouse 

While you may not want to leave the beauty of your custom-built home at first, sooner or later you are going to want to get out and do something. By living practically on the holes, your golf game is going to get a lot better, especially if you utilize the club’s golf pro.  But also don’t discount what else the clubhouse has to offer — and for communities like Chatham Hills or Holliday Farms, the clubhouse has some top-notch amenities.

While sinking that 12-foot putt is wonderful, there's so much more to do when living on a golf course.
While sinking that 12-foot putt is wonderful, there’s so much more to do when living on a golf course.

If you are looking for a bite to eat, just take a quick golf cart ride to the clubhouse.  Many have a signature dining option that offers more than burgers and fries. Hamilton’s in Chatham Hills, for example, serves casual-upscale dishes like prosciutto-wrapped shrimp and braised short ribs.  And because it’s right there in your own backyard, you’ll quickly discover the go-to meal that always brings a smile to your face.

Many clubhouses also expand the neighborly feel of the community. When you purchase a lot on a golf course, you could also get access to wine tastings, book clubs, or a place to sit with friends and enjoy the big game.  On the activity side, you’ll find much more than golf at the clubhouse. Amenities such as swimming, tennis, pickleball and an exercise room are always better when doing them at a place where everyone knows your name.

Use Old Town Design Group To Custom-Build Your Golf Course Home

To get the most from your golf course home, you should rely on builders who have extensive experience in designing beautiful custom-builds in golfing communities. Old Town Design Group can assist you in every stage of the custom-build process, from picking the right lot with the best golf course view, to making sure your home has everything you need. Contact us for more information about our golf course communities, and how to get started with the custom-build process.



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