Truth & Rumors: Club not liable for errant shots
A Ravalli County District Judge dismissed a lawsuit against both Ravalli County and Hamilton Golf Club, of Hamilton, Mont., stating that they cannot be held liable for members' shots landing in neighboring yards.
According to a Business Insurance article, the lawsuit alleged that both the club and the county had a duty to tell new homeowners that lived near fairways of the large number of errant shots that would land on their property.
The lawsuit was filled in 2011 by a couple that claims more than 1,000 stray balls land in their back yard annually. According to the judge, the couple, who have backgrounds in contracting and real estate, should have known or foreseen the probability of stray balls landing in their yard off the 18th hole.