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Is golf course living right for you?

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Living on a golf course isn’t for everyone. Safety can be an issue.

“We have only had one ball hit the house,” Dana Hilpert said. “But I know people who have had damage done.”

Privacy can be another concern. “We’re on a public course,” Adam Hilpert said. “And a lot of people come by.”

The possibility of errant balls was a consideration for Don Hanlon when he chose a site. “I’ve seen houses that had netting all around them, and signs warning about responsibility if a ball hit the house,” he said. “Who wants to live like that?”

Dana Hilpert discovered an unexpected downside: “Before we put the pool in, we were screened by trees so the golfers couldn’t see us,” she said. “And language, the kind of words we didn’t want the children to hear, got to be a problem.”

Now that the back yard is completely open to the course and golfers are aware of the family, it has gotten better. But outbursts still occur.

“I think bad language is so common now,” Hilpert said, “People don’t even realize what they’ve said.”

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