A resident is asking Old Hickory (Tenn.) Country Club to install a net on its property to keep wayward golf balls from entering traffic and, potentially, endangering students at a nearby school.
A woman has called police, council members, and the Old Hickory (Tenn.) Country Club, itself, with concerns over errant golf balls from the property entering traffic, WSMV reported.
Jane Schnelle told WSMV something needs to change before someone gets hurt, especially with a school nearby. However, she said the problem hasn’t been addressed since she reached out in November.
Each time Schnelle goes to Dupont Hadley Middle School to pick up trash, she’ll find anywhere between two to 13 golf balls laying in the grass, WSMV reported. In total, she’s collected more than 160 golf balls since she started.
“I thought that’s no longer just a coincidence, they’re coming from across the street,” said Schnelle.
Across the street lies Old Hickory Country Club, WSMV reported. While the news outlet spoke with Schnelle in the area, a golf ball nearly hit a car in a parking lot nearby.
“I don’t think the average person driving down OHB expects to be hit by a golf ball from the golf course,” Schnelle said.
She knows drivers who’ve been hit and worries kids at the nearby middle school are next, WSMV reported.
“I think there needs to be a net, similar to what they have at Topgolf,” said Schnelle.
WSMV went to Old Hickory Country Club and spoke with a manager to see if any changes were in the works. They said they are a private company and don’t have to comment.
Schnelle believes they are the ones who need to own up, WSMV reported.
“Each time the golf course says it’s not their responsibility. Well, it’s someone’s responsibility,” she said.
Schnelle said she plans to donate the bucket of golf balls to students at Dupont Hadley Middle School, WSMV reported.