Buying a golf home tends to be an expensive proposition, according to Carla Barnard, the co-owner of the Golf Course Broker, a company that brokers the sales of golf course developments and homes in the United States.
“Golf homes are desirable properties and hence more expensive than typical homes,” she said. “Also, oftentimes, you’re buying into a community with amenities or living near a golf course, which both add to the cost.”
But as is true with real estate generally, “prices for golf properties can vary wildly by destination,” said Jason Becker, the chief executive of Golf Life Navigators, a matchmaking site that helps people find golf memberships and homes based on their criteria.
The company, which gathers data globally, says that the average budget for consumers who use their search engines is just over $600,000 in the United States — and inching closer to the million-dollar range because of recent pandemic-related high demand and low inventory. But it’s possible to get in for less depending on where you want to go and what amenities you’re seeking.
You may be able to get a palatial home in South Africa’s Winelands region, for example, in a luxury community with numerous amenities for the same price as a one-bedroom modest condominium in Palm Springs, Calif., that’s not even part of a golf community.
A golf home in the $500,000 range, for example, no matter the destination, is considered a modest buy in the industry, but there is inventory available.
Here is a look at homes in five destinations around the world that cost around $500,000.
This villa is in the historic town of Belek, on the Turkish Riviera in the country’s southwest, about 15 minutes from Antalya Airport. There are at least 15 golf courses within a five to 15-minute drive from the home, while the town center is a short walk away, and the beach is about 20 minutes by foot. The area is home to many historical sites, such as the ancient city of Perge and a Roman theater in the ancient town of Aspendos. Other diversions include rafting in Koprulu Canyon and visiting nearby waterfalls such as Dunden.
Size: 2,583 square feet inside and 4,950 square feet outside.
The home: Featuring a modern aesthetic, the villa has three large bedrooms and bathrooms and marble flooring throughout in a combination of beige, cream and black tones. The first floor has a living and dining room, an open kitchen, several storage closets and one bedroom and bathroom. A staircase leads to the second floor with two more bedrooms and bathrooms, a sauna, and two balconies.
Outdoor space: A huge garden with sprawling lawns and a pool.
Taxes: $120 a year
In the heart of southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, this beachfront apartment is in an upscale gated development in Estepona, a resort town in an area known as the New Golden Mile. Amenities in the development include two outdoor pools, an indoor pool, a gym, a spa and direct beach access, with a monthly community fee of $392. Six golf courses are less than a 10-minute drive away, and beaches within walking distance abound. The property is also a five- to 10- minute walk from numerous restaurants, nightclubs and boutiques.
Size: 1,732 square feet inside and 313 square feet outside.
The home: Contemporary in style with cream-colored ceramic-tiled floors, the apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms and an open kitchen, dining and living area. The high ceilings give the space an airy feel, and the numerous closets throughout are a bonus.
Outdoor space: A balcony with sea views that has room for a lounger and a small table with a few chairs.
Taxes: About $1,816 a year
On Costa Rica’s northwest coast, about one hour from Liberia Airport, this condominium is in the beachfront golf community of Reserva Conchal. In addition to a long stretch of white sand beach, Reserva Conchal has a beachfront pool, gym and spa, and a 90-acre nature preserve with hiking and biking trails and abundant wildlife. Homeowners have access to bikes, paddleboards and kayaks. Access to these amenities costs $200 a month per family. The on-site golf course is certified by Audubon for its sustainability and was designed by the notable golf architect Robert Trent Jones Jr.; it has views of the Pacific Ocean.
Size: 1,810 square feet
The home: With a tropical feel and terracotta-colored tiled floors, the property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and vistas of either the golf course or ocean from nearly vantage point. The spacious kitchen has granite counters, and the open dining and living room lead to the terrace, which is also accessible from the master bedroom.
Outdoor space: The terrace overlooks the golf course and can comfortably accommodate a grill and a four-person dining table with chairs.
Taxes: $1,188 a year
Size: 1,284 square feet
Located in the town of Santa Rosa, in Sonoma County about 45 minutes north of San Francisco, this home is within Oakmont, a golf community with two 18-hole courses. Oakmont caters to people 55 and older and has multiple amenities, including numerous restaurants, swimming pools, tennis courts, gyms, and pickleball and bocce courts. Trione-Annadel State Park is adjacent to the community and is full of hiking and biking paths as well as lakes.
The home: Recently remodeled, this single-story home sits on the 10th hole of one of the golf courses and has two bedrooms and two baths. Light hardwood floors and crisp white walls throughout the property give it a contemporary feel. The large kitchen has an island and new stainless-steel appliances, and the dining area leads to the patio. The bath attached to the master bedroom has double sinks and a tub while the second bath has only a shower.
Outdoor space: The home has a large patio with a barbecue that sits on the side of the golf course but no private lawn space.
Taxes: $4,479 a year
In South Africa’s Winelands region, about a 40-minute drive east of Cape Town, this property is set within the Boschenmeer Golf & Country Estate, a gated 300-acre development with a 27-hole golf course. Amenities include a clubhouse, two tennis courts, a spa, a pool, a fine-dining restaurant and multiple walking paths.
Size: 2,744 square feet
The home: Situated on the 19th hole of the golf course, this four-bedroom, four-bathroom home is light-filled and airy with a modern aesthetic. The entry level has stone-tiled floors, an open kitchen and a spacious living room and dining area. The bedrooms, all carpeted, are upstairs and have beautiful views of the golf course and the surrounding vineyards.
Outdoor space: Given its position on the golf course, outdoor space is limited. There is a patio with room for a four-person table and a small lawn.
Taxes: $2,062 a year