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    Cyburbian zman's avatar
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    Protective netting for golf course houses

    Any codes written to address the installation of tall net fences to proptect large homes from wily golf balls?

    Jeez, two posts outside the FAC in one day? What's going on with Z?
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    I can't think of anything specifically other than seeking a variance. Seems like a reasonably justifiable hardship......except that what did they expect....living on a golf course.....especially if I'm playing.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    I used to work for a community that had the most golf holes per capita in the US and all they did was to "advise" the developers to set the homes back 100 feet from the course edge, but had no zoning to require it.

    Most courses that had homes on them followed the advise of the 100 ft. setback and most also placed a larger than normal buffer of "rough" between the fairway and yards. Most course developers know not to place homes directly parallel to tee off boxes or directly behind greens.

    If you are dumb enough to build your house right on the course you deserve a golf ball through the kitchen window every so often. Zoning can't regulate stupidity.

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    NIMBY asshatterer Plus Richmond Jake's avatar
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    I've never seen any regulations on golf netting. If you have a house on a golf course, it should be considered an assumed risk that the house will occasionally get tattooed.

    For a long time, I thought it would be great to live on a golf course. However, considering how many errant shots I hit, Iíve changed my mind.

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    Cyburbia Administrator Dan's avatar
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    I've seen regulations for netting at drving ranges, but not for homes located along fairways.

    EDIT: Googling around, I found this in the Fairfield, California zoning code. not much.

    7. Golf-course interface fencing. On property abutting a golf course or driving range, the Director may authorize the installation of protective netting exceeding the height limit for fences identified in this Section. A Minor Discretionary Review application shall be submitted for Department review prior to installation and a public notice provided as required for a custom home (see Section 25.40.3). The Director, when reviewing the location, height, and design of the netting, shall take into account reasonable concerns regarding both safety and aesthetics.
    "Golf course interface fencing". A new term for your jargon list.
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    I doubt many who chose to live adjacent to a golf course want their view obstructed by netting. Good design, i.e. eliminating windows, patios, using masonry exterior for 'exposed' areas, heavy landscaping, etc. can greatly reduce the risk, but it is a risk you choose to take.

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    The netting I have seen does little to screen the views from the homes and this request came in based upon homeowners' requests of their HOA to allow them.

    I like Dan's information and was thinking of having the HOA amend the PUD to add language addressing the Golf course interface fencing issues. Basically something that with a letter from the architecture control committee (ACC) of the _______PUD, the Current Planning Manager (NOT me...) is able to approve the Golf course interface fencing adminsitratively, with the copy of the ACC letter going into the address file.

    Easy of us and easy for them. Let the HOA approve them and send it up to us.

    Thanks for the help.
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    My parents have a house on the golf course which they belong to. Their house is set back far enough that golf balls rarely come close to the house. But the balls which do enter the yard keep my parents' own supply of golf balls "up to par."
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