This week it was revealed that work on Donald Trump's 750 million GBP championship golf course is now officially underway. Full planning permission for the development, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, has been granted and is scheduled for completion in 2012.
Speaking after the permission was granted, Mr Trump released a statement saying: "People will travel from around the world to play the course and experience its beauty."
And he is confident that will be the case as, in addition to two championship golf courses, the development is set to include a 450-room hotel, 950 villas and 500 homes.
So what makes a golf investment such a lucrative investment?
Why the Fuss?
Historically owning property on or nearby to a golf course can offer individuals an impressive capital appreciation
and potential to reap the rewards of rental income. During the summer months the promise of warm weather and high-quality facilities ensures that many real estate owners are able to generate a rental income well in excess of their mortgage payments over the time period.
In order to make a decent return on investment from Buy to Let property
it is important to get the location just right, as well as ensuring that your asset is nearby to a host of top-quality facilities which will ensure that it is in constant use throughout the year - which is what makes investing in real estate nearby to or on a golf resort a popular way for Buy to Let investors to make money.
There is no shortage of new golfing developments around the world, with courses and real estate emerging in Spain, Portugal, South Africa and even Thailand.
The developments are often able to offer investors excellent rental potential and even the prospect of cheap flights as low-cost air carriers clamour to capitalise on the popularity of the sport worldwide.
However, as with any real estate investment
it is important for buyers to do their research into the quality of the course and development before parting with any money, with some falling well below par.
Potential investors can expect to pay slightly more for golf property, with the building of a course not traditionally an affordable enterprise for a developer.
Buyers can expect to pay around 20 per cent extra for a house or flat which is situated on a resort, Buy Association has claimed. Furthermore, there will generally be additional costs for maintenance of communal areas and potentially membership fees of the course itself.
Location, Location, Location
Accessibility should be high on the list of priorities for any would-be investor. Good transport links and a nearby airport are both likely to increase the desirability of the property to potential holidaymakers.
France, Spain and Portugal can make for good weekend break destinations, while further afield countries such as the US, South Africa or the Caribbean tend to be more popular for longer breaks.
A long time favoured destination for property investment
, Spain has a huge variety of golfing resorts with more being built on a regular basis.
The Costa del Sol, Costa Tropical, Costa Almeria and Costa de la Luz all offer a wide variety of challenging and simple courses for golfers of all abilities to enjoy and when combined with the host of beaches, restaurants and nightclubs should ensure a year-round supply of holidaymakers.
While a current weak euro could be good news for investors buying into the market from non-eurozone destinations.
Property in the Algarve has always been a tempting proposition and current low prices mean that the opportunity to grab a bargain property in the region is high.
"There are some remarkable opportunities to secure a business or home on the Algarve at prices that would have been unheard of just two years ago," says Pat Creevy, managing director of Charles Oliver international estate agents.
The region's plethora of golf resorts, beaches and nightlife could see it reassert itself as one of the more popular golfing investments.
The US boasts a huge selection of courses across the country, although Florida seems to have established itself as one of the favoured destinations for golfers to enjoy a relaxing holiday and with an increasing number of foreclosed properties
in the region there could be the opportunity to find a bargain nearby to a resort.
Developers have been hard at work in recent years building new courses around the country. Cape Town and Durban both offer some fantastic courses, although the latter tends to be slightly less expensive for property. The football World Cup in the country has also ensured that the government has invested lots on improving infrastructure and transport links.
- Monday 05 July 2010