Anthony Rum was driving down a road near the Las Vegas property when a golf ball struck the roof of his car, causing $755 of damage. While the club is not responsible, the golfer who hit the ball is, but no one has confessed to the errant shot. Since the incident, the club has added trees along the fence line and resituated the tee box.
A man driving down a road near Painted Desert Golf Club in Las Vegas is trying to find the party responsible for damaging his vehicle with an errant golf ball, Las Vegas 8 News Now reported.
Anthony Rum was driving his brand new jeep down Ann Road when a golf ball slammed into the roof of his car, 8 News Now reported.
“It was like an explosion,” Rum said. “I pulled right over, and I didn’t know it at the time, but I was almost adjacent to the tee area.”
Not knowing what to do, Rum went home and called the golf course. The golf course managers said they tried to find the golfer who hit the ball, but no one claimed responsibility. The managers said the golf course is not responsible, 8 News Now reported.
In Nevada and other states, the golf course is not responsible, but the golfer who hit the ball is. The same holds true if a person in a park throws an errant Frisbee, or if a tennis ball escapes the tennis court. In these cases, the person, not the location, bears responsibility for damage to property, 8 News Now reported.
“The golfer probably has primary responsibility, but personally, I feel the golf club has superior knowledge. They know about this,” Rum said. “Not everybody is a pro golfer.”
Painted Desert Golf Club said this is not a common problem. A similar incident happened once before, but the golfer took responsibility. Since this latest incident, golf course owners have added trees along the fence line and resituated the tee box, 8 News Now reported.
However, Rum is still looking for justice, because fixing the dent in his vehicle will be costly, 8 News Now reported.
“The damage can come to an astounding seven hundred and fifty one dollars,” Rum said.
Comprehensive car insurance would also cover damage like this. Rum doesn’t want to file a claim, however. At this point, his only option is to take the golf course to court, 8 News Now reported.
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