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Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 9:18 PM


It's been a difficult and long road selling, buying, moving, spending a zillion $$$ on gasoline back and forth, hanging on the phone for all the problems that come up in selling an inherited house handled by an attorney who screwed everything up at the probate and I didn't even know it till the last minutes.

I've missed you guys!

You know the saying 'be careful what you wish for"? Boy, have I learned it. I had asked here for advice choosing a house to buy. I've always wanted to live on the lake. I chose a house that is about 4 blocks from a large, beautiful, but rural lake. And the 16th hole of a golf course is behind me. Sun room. Lots of beauty. After all these weeks, we made it happen.

So this past Saturday, my son, daughter-in-law, and new grandson are out in the lot next to the house, helping me plant trees before the fence is put up for my 3 dogs. Suddenly, my Marine son came inches away from being beaned by a golf ball. And now I face what I wished for. Though I can fence and screen, there's a chance one of my family or my precious animals will be hit by an errant slice and there's nothing I can do but keep the animals in the house. My family and I will never have a fear-free barbecue in my backyard.

I felt so lucky. Now I feel so stupid.

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 9:38 PM

It's a pretty errant golf ball that will come winging its way to your lovely new back yard. I have to believe that the odds are in your favor, at least I hope so. Is there any way you can protect yourself after the fence is up; extra poles atop the fence with some sort of fisherman netting? While not pretty, it could be functional and you could feel happy and relieved. You could even decorate the nets with some "happy crappy" of some sort. Just an idea...

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 9:43 PM

Oooooo - decorate with nets. i like that! I have to watch it though. I'm only allowed a 4' fence, and it has to be ornamental - not private or chain link. I plan to put as invisible screen as i can find around the entire yards inside the fence. But that doesn't help over 4'. There just are quite a few rules for houses on the course.

I sure hope you're right about it not happening often. I may put up a sign that says "LESSONS, PEOPLE!!" In my personal golf game, i NEVER slice or hook. That's because i can't even hit the dang ball!

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 10:05 PM

My aunt and uncle lived on a golf course for thirty years. In all that time, neither they nor their pets were ever beaned by a golf ball. Once, however, a window was broken by a dimpled white ball. I'd say that the odds are decidedly in your favor, and I can't imagine altering your lives on the outside chance that a ball might come directly your way. Also, pets are quite intuitive, more than people. Let them enjoy their lives outside. Life is too short to over worry about such things.

Enjoy your new home!


Donleigh  (Level: 155.4 - Posts: 5412)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 1:22 AM

If you put up some fast growing fir trees the balls will have a tough time getting through.

Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2853)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 2:12 AM

Can't imagine that the "people" who made the 4' rule
ever lived on the edge of a golf course! ! ! !
A golf ball has already come over into your yard....
Screens and trees fast so you don't have to worry
I think you can buy grown cedars quite cheaply....
Sometimes people are clearing trees off their lots
and will sell them at about 6' or more.

Mplaw51  (Level: 184.8 - Posts: 1581)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 6:21 AM

Cedar and fir trees are a pretty good thought!

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Wed, 10th Sep '08 7:11 AM

Great idea! I'll be looking into it immediately. I was focusing on fast growing SHADE trees for the animals. I'll add cedars/firs in the direction of the tee and wind right away. Thanks so much for the help!

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