How Private Gated Communities Provide Safety

Living in a safe community can reduce stress, promote peace, and improve your overall well-being. And of course, when you live in a truly safe neighborhood, you can better protect your family from crime making safety an important factor to consider when searching for a new home.

If you’re wondering “are gated communities safer,” read on to learn the safety benefits of living in a gated community:

A Guarded/Gated Entrance

Upon visiting private communities, you’ll notice gates guarding the entrance. The front entrance of Terravita’s private home community is not only gated but guarded by security patrol 24/7. Some communities don’t have any keypads or passcodes, rather, security has the ability to control guest access. This method provides a more effective way to let in those you want and keep out those you don’t. This is in addition to a strict no solicitor policy within the community. As a result, the gates and entrance security prevent non-residents from accessing the private community, protect residents from unwelcome guests and solicitors, minimize foot and car traffic, and allow the communities to remain quiet and peaceful.

Safe Places for Physical Activity

Because they’re enclosed and well-kept, private communities also provide a safe environment for being active and spending time outdoors. Many private communities also contain a swimming pool, a golf course, and a trail system. Some private communities even have a community fitness center with reliable, state-of-the-art equipment and personal trainers who will help you exercise properly. As a result, private communities can protect and promote your overall health and well being.

Caring Neighbors

Many private communities sponsor clubs and events to encourage residents to socialize and bond with one another. Thanks to these private social gatherings, a sense of camaraderie and trust exist throughout these communities. Consequently, residents often become dear friends who appreciate and help one another. So if you ever need a house-sitter for the weekend, you can always turn to your neighbors for support.

Everyone wants to feel safe in their own home and community—and for good reason. When we feel protected on a regular basis, we worry less and have more time to enjoy our friends and family. So if you are interested in upscale gated community living, contact us!

Three Ways the New Golf Rules Can Help You 

New Rule Changes for 2019:

In case you haven’t heard, golf is in for some exciting times starting in January.  In an effort to “modernize” and “speed up play,” the USGA and R&A have decided to update and continue their collaboration to issue a single set of rules that govern the game worldwide.  There are some updated/improved rule changes that will take effect in January of 2019, so we wanted to go over a couple highlights for you:

  1. No Penalty for Putting with the Flagstick In!

Starting in January, there will no longer be a penalty for hitting the flagstick while your ball is hit from on the putting green.  You may have heard Bryson Dechambeau talking about keeping the pin in for the Tournament of Champions event in Hawaii at the beginning of the year.  Ever the tinkerer, he will be testing out this rule to find the advantages and disadvantages to it.  If I were to ask one person to determine the effectiveness of this rule, it would be him.  As of right now, the “ruling” is still out on this rule and we should have an answer soon as to whether this rule makes sense or not scientifically.

  1. No Penalty for a Double Hit!

If you are a golfer like me, you probably gave a big sigh of relief after reading that and might have some difficulty wiping a smirk off your face. The dreaded double hit is as scary as watching a horror movie by yourself in a creaky cabin in the woods on a full moon!  After experiencing this shot myself, I’m not sure which is more embarrassing, the double hit or the penalty stroke after the fact.  The USGA has apparently decided that shot is scary enough that it can take away the embarrassment!  Thank you USGA…my golf game is embarrassing enough!

  1. A Fourth Relief Option for Unplayable Lies in a Bunker

We all know, or at least know when we pull out the rule book, the three current ways to get relief from an unplayable lie in a bunker with a ONE stroke penalty…1) Stroke and Distance – 2) Back on the Line Relief IN the Bunker – 3) Lateral Relief in the Bunker.  Now there is a fourth relief option which allows us to drop the ball back on the line of relief OUT of the bunker for a TWO stroke penalty.  This could be the most beneficial rule change to golfers who struggle to get out of the bunkers!  When I first heard this rule change, my mind started to wander to the bunkers in the British Open and what could happen in the upcoming years.  This rule will definitely be used more by those who struggle to get out of the bunkers, but I wonder at what point someone who is great out of bunkers takes advantage of this rule?

Please note there are several other rule changes that will take place at the beginning of this year and we encourage everyone to grab a copy of the Players Edition of the Rules of Golf.  We have 300 copies in the Terravita Range House, so please stop on by at your convenience and pick one up!