Wow this thread gives me anxiety because it brings to memory the 2 times I almost hit someone and I honestly think if either time had made actual contact it could have been....very bad.
About 2 years ago, I had not played golf in about 4-5 months. Stepped on to the first tee with my father in law (without warming up) hit my drive perfect down the middle and thinking...wow that layoff did me well. 100 yards to green, pitching wedge in hand, hit the nastiest shank you will ever see in your life and it came out SO hot flew directly sideways to the right where the green of another hole is about 10-15 yards away (not sure what hole, I think 3 or 4 - based on how course is set up) - there was a guy bent down about to stroke his putt and my ball literally wizzed right over his head! The craziest part is, he must have been so focused on his putt that he did not even realize what happened!!! I stood staring in shock in his direction after he picked his head up and he gave me a look like "why are you staring at me???" I couldnt even talk, I wanted to walk over and say something to him but I was literally shaking - I knew how extremely lucky I was to not hit him and technically how extremely lucky he was....I sat back down in my cart, waited until he drove off, went and got my ball and I think I sat out a hole or two.
Teeing off on first tee with driver. The tee box is on a mound about 7 or so feet up, so when you tee off your line of sight is well above ground and your not really paying attention to what is underneath you. Long story short, an older gentlemen for whatever reason crossed the path of our tee box right when I was teeing off, he must not have not been paying attention or something...but even if there is not someone on the tee box, I have no idea why he would be crossing right in front of it...anyways I did not see him - hit this very low line drive type of shot that that wizzed over his head. I saw him for the first time as I was picking my head up to see where the ball was heading. I swear it was probably .001 seconds but it felt like it was 30 seconds and going by in slow motion. Missed his head by inches. He laughed it off, and made a joke about how he should not have crossed in front of a tee box like that.
Oh yea! And one time my drunk friend was in his cart about 15 yards in front and to the left of me in middle of the fairway. I was about to hit a little low punch shot and kept telling him to get out of the way but he wouldnt (trying to be funny). So I just said "ok im about to hit so dont get out of the cart.). What does he do, right as im saying that he sticks his arm out the cart in a waving motion to distract me right as im swinging! My ball hit his hand pretty hard. Did not break a finger or anything but it was pretty bruised up. After that I decided I #1 will never play with a drunk person and #2 no matter what the circumstances, I never ever hit if someone is in front of me, doesnt matter how far up etc. (other than greenside chips).