GLENDALE (CBS) — A newly-renovated golf course is sending some residents in a Southland neighborhood ducking for cover.READ MORE: High-Powered Winds Whip Through Southland, Bringing Cold Weather And Dust Advisories
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.READ MORE: Grant's 2 Goals Lead Anaheim Ducks' 5-1 Rout Of Tampa Bay
“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.MORE NEWS: Omicron Surge Still Raging In Southland, Despite Decline In Other Parts Of Country
“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.”