Golf Balls Attack West Babylon Neighborhood
We’ve all hit errant golf shots that strike houses, cars, or even people. In Florida alone, for example, I’ve probably caused damage to at least five roofs.
Fox 5 New York filed a report yesterday on a neighborhood in West Babylon, Long Island, that is adjacent to the Bergen Point Golf Course, and has been the victim of a few too many hooks and shanks.
Neighbors are saying that golf balls regularly fly off the course and smash into homes and residents at dangerous speeds.
The balls are like “little guided missles,” one emotional resident exclaims. “It’s a ticking time bomb waiting for someone to get hit.”
Netting does surround Bergen Point, but provides insufficient protection.
Fox 5 notes that the “Suffolk county parks department says it has taken a stroke in the right direction, repairing torn netting and setting up a meeting with a lawyer for the upset families” (yes, that’s an awful golf pun – the report is littered with them).
My take: obviously Suffolk County and Bergen Point need to make sure that residents are safe, but let’s be honest here folks…if you buy a house next to a golf course, you can’t be totally shocked if stray balls come flying in your direction. That’d be like expecting your home to be quiet if you live near train tracks. But I digress – let’s just hope no one gets hurt.