The NAPLES (FL) DAILY NEWS reports today William Abbott sometimes wears a hard hat when he’s puttering around in the backyard of his Florida home. Abbott’s house, which since 1995 has been next to a golf course, is hit by as many as 200 golf balls per day. That adds up to over 30,000 golf balls over the years.
(Dude needs to sack up)
Hundreds of dimpled balls — Titleist, Maxfli, Top Flight and even yellow range balls — that come from neighboring Stonebridge Country Club every year.
Most land with a soft thud in the well-kept lawn behind William and Dorothy Abbott’s North Naples home. But some crash through their living room windows, smash garden ornaments, crack the concrete roof tiles, and rip holes through their lanai screens.
Dorothy Abbott was hit once with an errant golf ball. William Abbott, who used to wear a hard hat outside, has had close calls.
Dorothy Abbott said, “What’s coming next? What damage are they going to do? We are afraid for our lives, being hit by golf balls, and being an invalid.”
The Abbotts home was not part of a golf course residential development. The layout was constructed next to their house seven years after they built their personal abode.
Even more bizarre is they’ve never received a dime for the damage wrought by the golf course.