Golf Course Neighbors Upset Over Damages

Golf Course Neighbors Upset Over Damages

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Living beside a golf course might seem pretty nice, right?

People in one Philadelphia area say being neighbors with a golf course is an expensive nuisance, even dangerous.

This is not a posh, exclusive suburban country club.

It's a city owned course in a blue collar row-house neighborhood.

This is Cobbs Creek Golf Course in West Philadelphia's Overbrook Park.

And neighbors who live alongside part of the course are "teed off."

They're fed up with damage they say is being caused by golf balls flying off the course and onto their homes and cars.

Neighbor Barry Cox has a basket-full of golf balls he says he's collected from around his house.

He says one shattered his windshield, leaving him a nearly $300 repair bill.

"I saw the hole in the windshield, back windshield, I opened up the door, & I discovered the golf ball wedged between the driver's seat & the door," explains Barry

Lilieth Neptune says her bathroom skylight was shattered three different times by errant balls.

Lilieth says she's even been struck by a ball that ended up in her front step planter.

"A golf ball hit me right in my knee. In my right knee right here," she explains.

Other neighbors say their cars have been dinged by balls- over and over.

One homeowner built an enclosure to protect his vehicle.

David apple says his car has a cracked windshield from a ball, but he has a bigger concern.

"When my daughters were small we wouldn't let them play outside because it was dangerous," said Apple.

"You don't want to wait 'til a tragedy happens, a ball comes & hits one of the children," added fellow neighbor Gary Mclean.

There is netting to protect from errant tee shots but it doesn't extend down the fairways and that's what the homeowners want, along with more of an effort to hold golfers responsible.

They say their complaints to golf course management have been ignored.

Golf course manager and city parks and recreation department declined requests for on-camera interviews.

When Fox 29 asked about the complaints over the phone, they said they believe the fencing is in good shape and they know of no current complaints.

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