Added Costs of Choosing a Golf Retirement Community

A golf retirement community will have significantly higher Home Owners Association costs than a similar community without a golf course. These costs break down into two categories: actual dues paid and costs incurred by strict regulation.

HOA Dues and Maintenance

The cost to maintain a golf course is split by the community that owns the course. On the whole, golf courses are extremely costly to maintain, particularly when it comes to watering and keeping the grounds. Additional costs associated with the course alone include cart fees and fees to play a round or bring a guest.

HOA Regulations

Even if you do not play golf on the course, you will be required to abide by certain regulations when you live in a golf community. Often, these regulations are designed to be exclusive to individuals who do not have the money to comply. For example, there may be laws about the quality of building materials you will be required to use. Many upscale golf communities do not permit vinyl siding or blacktop driveways. There is usually regulation governing how far each home must be set back from the road, guaranteeing a lot of green space. The cost of each home will be much higher as a result. 

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