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Golfing and residential real estate in Florida

There are many good reasons to live in Florida: world-class entertainment and theme parks, plenty of beautiful beaches and many large cities with excellent economic opportunities. But for many non-native Floridians, the greatest appeal is our state's fantastic retirement communities, complete with a vast array of golf courses, ranging greatly in size and scope, difficulty and distance. A significant portion of retirees seek communities that allow them to live on or within walking distance of a golf course. As wonderful as living on a golf course sounds, it's important to know that it comes with its own struggles.

If you have ever played golf, you know just how easy it is to accidentally hit an errant ball. If you live on or near a golf course, your home just might be the recipient of one of those errant balls, and a flying golf ball can shatter windows, crack stone or even cause a direct personal injury. Such circumstances are usually provided for in deed restrictions or other documents related to the purchase of the property, and in most instances, the homeowner is responsible for any damages caused by golf balls.

Similarly, if a golfer hits a ball onto your property, there is a strong chance that he or she will move to retrieve the ball. Some people would consider this trespassing, and in some instances it may be, but again, when purchasing a home near a golf course, you will likely be presented with documentation that outlines the provisions by which a golfer is allowed to enter your property and recover a golf ball.

Before purchasing a home in Florida, it is a good idea to closely examine documents regarding golf balls and golfers, so that you have a better idea of what to expect. If you are unsure about the golf-related rules of your home, consider contacting an attorney to learn more. If you feel that your rights have been violated, or that a golfer was in violation of the rules, you may also wish to consider contacting an attorney to help you settle a real estate dispute.

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