Likewise, if a golf course developer puts a course into an existing neighborhood, then take responsibility. Don't run the fairways too close to homes, and if proximity can't be avoided, then install safety netting to prevent errant shots from conking homeowners or their homes.
This recent article brings up another situation where homeowners and golf course owners are fighting over safety issues:
The backyards of a row of homes along Adams Rush Road in Cortlandt have become danger zones, thanks to a neighboring golf course.
One resident was plunked in the back by an errant shot while she was tending to a bird feeder. Maria Colombo was almost hit in the head while mowing the lawn and her young daughter narrowly avoided being struck while playing in her sandbox.
John and Karen Oswald won't park their cars in the driveway in the back, and Maureen Chadwick has had two glass picnic tables shattered.
"Every time we hear a golf swing we cringe," Karen Oswald said. "It really is dangerous."
"We're at our wit's end. We don't know what to do. Nobody wants to help us," Chadwick asserted. "We're not asking for anything crazy. We're just asking to protect our children. I don't want to have a dead kid."
Since the Hollow Brook Golf Club on Oregon Road opened full time in the spring of 2005, residents maintain they have been under attack.
They have collected buckets and crates of golf balls that have flied through scattered trees and over a six-foot high fence and landed in their swimming pools, trampolines and decks.
The situation has gotten so bad that children are only permitted to play in the front yard.
Sounds like the homeowners have a right to be angry in this case.