Originally Posted by Golfingdad
I can build my house in the line of fire and put up no nets, or use no plexiglass on the windows, facing the tee and basically dare every person that comes through to break it and then expect them to pay for that. How is that not irresponsible????
I don't think that there's a single instance in this entire thread where anyone has talked about what the homeowner should or should not "expect".
In fact, if you read my very first post I said that whether the homeowner should accept an offer of payment is an entirely different discussion......and it is. The discussion here is the about what the golfer should, or should not do.
Now, for my very favorite story that actually is on topic......
About a year ago, my group had just finished our round. My buddy, a very solid 3 hcp, had had a really bad day, getting beat rather badly by me. We're out in the parking lot.......WAY away from the course and clubhouse, putting our clubs into our cars. He opens his trunk and pulls out his 10 year old son's little league bat and starts digging around in his golf bag. I'm right next to him and immediately know what he's looking for. Being the enabling type that I am, I call out and toss him a golf ball. He tosses it up, and takes a mighty swing. As he's doing so, I'm thinking, "nothing good can come of this"! Full parking lot, expensive cars, big angry man, short little-league bat....I mean, what could go wrong, right? He makes solid contact and the ball is GONE, just GONE. I'm feeling relieved that nobody died, and start putting my clubs into my car. A GOOD 10 seconds later, I hear, "OH SHIT!".......I look over, and my buddy is staring straight up in the air. Another couple of seconds and he yells, "it's gonna hit MY freaking car!!!!". Ball comes screaming down from the stratosphere, misses his BMW by exactly one space, and lands in the exact geometric center of the brand new $60,000+ Escalade parked next to him.....
I've never laughed so hard in my life. Thought I was gonna wet myself. A perfect golf ball sized dent in the exact center of the guy's roof. Barely missed the glass sunroof. You could see the dimples from the ball in the dent......fortunately, the paint wasn't cracked. My buddy left a note and his number, but never heard from the guy. I suppose he figured that a dent in the center of the roof just wasn't worth worrying about. If it had been my car, I'd have had to call.....not to get paid, but just to hear the story of how some knucklehead actually was able to put a golf ball onto my roof from nowhere near the course!