Thursday, August 03, 2006

Buyer Beware ... or Take Responsibility

Whichever is appropriate. When it comes to homes on golf courses, that's my outlook. If you are buying a home that sits on a golf course, do your homework and discover if there are problems with golf balls flying over your fence and, possibly, into your house. If there is any reason to suspect this is so, don't buy the house. Or if you do, don't whine about it or try to sue anybody later.

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.


  1. Anonymous2:49 PM

    I dunno....

    If you get hit on a golf course, you can't sue the guy that hit you unless there was malice ("inherent danger"), so I feel that if you live on a golf course, you should EXPECT your house to get whacked.

  2. That's basically what I was saying, or at least half what I was saying. If you buy a house on a golf course, be prepared to deal with the situation on your own. However, sometimes neighborhoods are built first, then later a developer buys land adjacent to the neighborhood and puts in a course. The houses came first. In this situation, the developer should be expected to protect those homes.


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