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Fore! Glendale Residents Say They’re Sick Of Dodging Balls From Golf Course

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GLENDALE (CBS) — A newly-renovated golf course is sending some residents in a Southland neighborhood ducking for cover.

For years, wayward golf balls have whizzed past residents in a North Glendale neighborhood from the Oakmont Country Club golf course. Residents say that these incidents have increased, smashing car windows and nearly hitting children walking to school, after the 18-hole course underwent a $4.7-million renovation three years ago.

People living in the 3200 block of La Crescenta Avenue, which lies along the northeast edge of the course, said they have had enough.

“They could put in super tall trees for all I care, as long as it shields our people, namely our children, and our cars and our homes,” Suzie Nelson, a La Crescenta Avenue resident, told the Los Angeles Times.

Chris Westhoff, a longtime member and chairman of the Oakmont Country Club’s legal committee, told the Times a “tiny” percentage of balls struck at the course ends up in neighbors’ yards. He said Oakmont hosts more than 35,000 rounds of golf annually.

“There hasn’t been a single claim of physical injury from a single golf ball ever leaving Oakmont,” Westhoff told the newspaper. “We just don’t know of any.”

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