From the files of WHAT THE #$^&$#(%!!!! …
A State Supreme Court judge in Westchester County, N.Y., has issued a temporary restraining order against storied Winged Foot Golf Club, banning play on the par-3 sixth hole on its East Course. The judge issued the order after a Winged Foot neighbor sued the club, claiming his home’s proximity to the sixth green “has opened him up to so many errant golf balls that it has caused a ‘life-threatening condition’ for him, his two young children and his dog,” The New York Times reported.
The case was first reported Tuesday in the New York Post’s gossip pages, which tells you a lot about this story.
More from the Times:
The neighbor, Anthony Pecora, “has suffered $14,000 in damage to his home from errant golf balls, including five broken windows this year alone, said Julius Cohn, his lawyer. He said Mr. Pecora, who moved into the house in 2003, began complaining about the errant shots in 2006, when the club cut down several trees between his house and the sixth green.
‘He has golf balls raining down on his home—his children can’t even walk on the property,’ Cohn said. ‘He has pails and pails of golf balls,’ he said, adding that Mr. Pecora’s 14-year-old dog ate a golf ball last year and required emergency surgery, costing $3,344.40.”
I don’t want to pass any rash judgments here, but buying a home on a golf course and then suing the club for balls in your yard? That’s sort of like living on a game reserve and filing a restraining order against the lions.
Donald Trump, a Winged Foot member who knows a thing or two about bad real estate decisions, told the Times that the Winged Foot members were stunned by the court order. “To close a hole, it’s a sad day for the club,” The Donald said. “I’m thinking maybe I’ll visit the gentleman. I’d love to go and mediate it.”
Anthony … you’re fired!