Quick Takeaways

  • Golf courses gained a newfound sense of popularity during the pandemic – an outdoor sport that automatically includes social distancing, which boosted the once-fading golf course home desire
  • International markets like Greece and Italy are seeing a huge increase in golf and, therefore, golf homes and resorts
  • If you are concerned about sustainability, look for golf courses with electric carts, recycled water, and organic or reduced chemical grass treatments.

Source: Greg Norman Knows About Golf Homes (The New York Times, Apr. 1, 2022)

As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw a resurgence of golfers and interest in golf course homes due to the socially distanced and outdoor nature of the sport. This also resulted in a return to the golf course home being trendy and desirable. However, the lowest inventory housing market in history may be changing the trajectory of the golf course home yet again, as golf courses are being developed into single family housing.

In terms of the environment, golf courses are a touchy subject. While some see them as a waste of water, especially in areas where droughts are prevalent, others see them as guaranteed green space. Whatever way you lean, some golf courses are certainly trying to change this reputation by becoming more open and ingrained with their communities and natural surroundings, as well as by reducing water use, among other things.

To some, a home on a golf course is an automatic signifier of wealth and class, giving the owner a sense of pride. To others, the same home may be simply a risk for broken windows. Golf courses certainly may affect the value of your home, but it is a matter of personal taste.

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