Houses Next to Course
Originally Posted by FLOG4
GHALFAIRE- Let's say this house that sits on the dogleg is yours....You have a big party at your house celebrating your new found ability to read...Are you going to allow your guests in your back yard that gets pelted by golfballs? You probably would. And you would argue that the golfer that struck that shot and killed the pigs friend was a callous uncaring person. All for a potential saved shot. And what should the friends of the pig think as to their knowledge that 42 balls hit this house in the past year? Did you honor your guests with your concern for their safety? The damage that a golfball can do is lethal. At no time have I not depicted that. You want people to have your compassion, you want people to share your hope for humanity. And yet you have the audacity to say teach pigs to read without having any intellectual understanding to the subject, oh but you have a thought. Only a complete moron would have bought a house that was in the KILL ZONE on a golf course. The law does hold people responsible for their actions. In this case it is the people that willfully put a house in a spot that knowingly would be hit by golfballs or willfully designed a hole that put this preexisting house in the field of play. Without attempting to protect this house with lots of trees or fences or nets. Those people are not the golfer.
Chances are, my party will be at night, when nobody is pelting balls at my house. I have friends and a sister who own homes on Golf Courses. In all cases, they are required to have special insurance (a few dollars a month), or cover the cost of windows themselves. They, in all cases, had this explained to them before buying the home.
The homeowner however, does have options. One in a clear, very strong, and practically invisible filament netting that is strung from poles, and extends to the roof. It was fairly expensive, and they have to get it replaced every 3 years (when the warrantee ont he product runs out) to keep it up to date. My sister and her husband chose this, as being able to take their son outside to play without being horrified of him dying is priceless. Ball comes down, bounces, and rolls off back onto the course.
Another friend has Shatter proof glass, and a backyard eclosed with a huge see through tent. Neither of them have had any problems at all. But yes, in Canada at least, it is the homeowners responsibility when buying a home on a golf course, not the golfers. Right or wrong is irrelevant, there is law. And of couyrse, medical care is free, so you can't really sue for that. But I think the filament my sister and her husband have is by far the best option. You dont even really notice its there, unless you look for it. Its like an oversized fishing line, very, very strong.
It sure is cool to jump in your own cart and pull out on to the 9th hole to start your round. And when im out there as a guest, I just take their 'guest pass card', hang it on the cart, and I can play all of the free golf I want. And knowing my nephew is safe is great as well. Book a tee time for the 9th hole, usually within minutes of logging on your on the course. My sister hates golf. Her husband and I always have matches when im there, but that isnt often enough.