Part of an idyllic setting for a home for many people is its proximity to a golf course and with the Ryder Cup taking place this weekend, many homeowners will hopefully be inspired to get on the course or perhaps look for a new home close to a golf course.
Europe has held the advantage in the last three encounters against the might of the USA with the last two competitions proving memorable for the magnificent comebacks from Europe to grasp victory from the jaws of defeat.
Hopefully, this weekend’s encounter at Hazeltine National Golf Course in Minnesota, USA, will prove just as memorable for the European team, but whatever the outcome golfers across the UK will be roaring on Team Europe, led by Irishman Darren Clarke, and hopefully be inspired to play some of their best golf on local courses.
There are many benefits to living near a golf course, even if you are not a fan of the game and agree with Winston Churchill that golf is a good walk spoiled, but the fact is that having a property near one adds a premium to the value of the property and they are generally set in an area of natural beauty, commanding superb views of the countryside and enjoying a quiet, more tranquil location.
In this feature we take a look at five fantastic new developments that include homes just a decent whack away from a golf course, including one in Newport that is only a mile away from The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, scene of a magnificent victory when Europe conquered the USA in 2010 to win back the Ryder Cup.
All of these properties have been nominated in various categories for the WhatHouse? 2016 Awards.
Chaldon Mead, Surrey (CALA Homes)
This development is a collection of five luxury detached homes on a private, gated development set in beautiful Surrey countryside on the North Downs.
Chaldon Mead borders Surrey National Golf Club and backs onto mature woodland. Built on the site of a former NHS care home, the redundant buildings had no architectural merit and needed to be demolished.
CALA Homes replaced them with five traditionally-designed family homes, built to an exceptional standard to a high specification using quality materials and having superior finishes.
Each five bedroom home has its own large plot ranging from 0.47 acres to 1.07 acres, big enough for your own practice putting green. Three of the homes overlook the green of the golf club and the other two enjoy views of the woodland.
Prices: From £1.675m
Find out more about CALA Homes
Glan Llyn, Newport (St Modwen Homes)
This collection of two, three and four bedroom homes is only a mile away from the scene of Europe’s memorable victory against the USA in 2010 at The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.
The vision of businessman Terry Matthews, owner of Celtic Manor Resort, helped kick-start a huge drive to redevelop the local area and CALA Homes Glan Llyn is part of the larger redevelopment in and around Newport.
Glan Llyn is transforming part of the former Newport Llanwern steelworks site into a £1bn major new community for South Wales. When complete it will deliver a total of 4,000 new homes surrounded by 80 acres of parkland and new lakes.
Two years into the programme, Glan Llyn is already home to 50 households and the development has proved popular with people on all stages of the property ladder, including first-time buyers, second steppers and downsizers. So far, 60% of the buyers have used Help to Buy.
Prices: From £256,000
Find out more: www.stmodwenhomes.co.uk ; 0844 2434606
The Dormy, Dorset (Pennyfarthing Homes)
This new development on the former site of the prestigious Dormy Hotel in Ferndown features 25 substantial houses in eight designs which offer a variety of concept living designs in a magnificent woodland setting.
The designs of the plots intertwine and work in harmony with the pre-existing established woodland with the centre point of mature trees which have the homes sweeping around them.
Each property has a generous plot and has been professionally landscaped with both front and rear gardens laid to lawn and featuring a variety of low maintenance shrubs and secluded rear gardens with paved patios.
Of the eight designs, four have detached garages and the final two plots of the 25-property development have exclusive access from Golf Links Road to the prestigious Ferndown Golf Course.
Prices: From £825,000
Find out more: www.pennyfarthinghomes.co.uk ; 01425 613958
This styling mixed development of family homes ranges from six bedroom detached houses with private bridges over a ‘haha’ linking them to Chelmsford Golf Club to two bedroom family homes with generous gardens to one bedroom apartments for those buying their first home.
The development has a stylish mix of house types available with options for private and shared ownership. The layout of the site has a tight street pattern, with homes set around numerous garden areas and clearly defined public and private spaces.
The south side of this site borders the tees and greens of Chelmsford Golf Club.
Prices: From £574,950
Find out more: www.inlandhomes.co.uk ; 01245 259791
Parklands, Worcestershire (Miller Homes)
A rare development in this area, The Parklands is a development in Worcestershire with homes aimed at a variety of buyers, including 25% of the properties aimed at first-time buyers with incentives such as Help to Buy, Part Exchange and Assisted Purchase available on some.
The local area is perfect for enjoying the outdoors, close to a number of scenic walking routes and a host of sporting and leisure activities available, including tennis, badminton and football.
For those looking to get out on the golf course, Fulford Heath Golf Club is one of two nearby courses and is virtually adjacent to the development and is popular with players of all abilities.
Prices: From £410,000
Find out more: www.millerhomes.co.uk ; 03334 145664