A 30-year resident of the community west of Nashville complained of broken glass and holes in the vinyl siding of her house from stray shots, despite bushes and a net that separate the properties, and displayed what she said were “hundreds” of balls she’d collected over the past four years. The club’s current general manager said he was unaware of the situation and that golfers are financially responsible for damages caused by their shots.
Stray golf balls from Dickson (Tenn.) Country Club have pummeled the home of Elizabeth Oakley over the past four years, Nashville’s NewsChannel 5 reported.
A 30-year resident of the neighborhood that is 40 miles west of Nashville, Oakley has kept hundreds of balls that hit the vinyl siding and broke a window twice, even though bushes and a net separate her house from the course, NewsChannel 5 reported.
“If you tell [country club management] anything, you’re lying about it,” Oakley said. “So, I thought I would keep [the golf balls] to show I am not lying about their balls being hit over here.”
Oakley said the first ball hit her home in 2008 and the club eventually paid for the repairs, but hasn’t been as compliant since, NewsChannel 5 reported.
“They say they aren’t responsible for it. They fix one window and they [yell] they are not responsible for it. They play mind games with you,” said Oakley.
The $125 Oakley had to pay for the repairs were a financial strain and now she worries about sitting in her backyard with her grandchildren, NewsChannel 5 reported.
“If they get hit by one of those balls, it’s over. I’m told they go 90 miles an hour,” said Oakley.
NewsChannel 5 spoke to the club’s general manager, who was not identified, and who said he had not heard about the situation since he has only worked at the club for a month. The general manager told the station he would discuss the issue with the previous management company. He added that any damage done to Oakley’s property is the financial responsibility of the golfer.