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Golf ball damage frustrates National City residents next to course

Broken windshields, dents in cars are common
Posted: 9:16 AM, Jul 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-10 12:16:39-04
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NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - People who live next to the 8th hole at the National City Golf Course are fed up with damage from errant tee shots.

"It's a huge problem," says Karen Hovik. She says golf balls have broken three windshields on her car and left countless dents and scratches.

"I watch people, and they try to swing like Happy Gilmore while they're filming it," she says, noting that golfers take aggressive swings and don't seem to care where their ball lands.

A chain link fence lines the property between the golf course and the condo complex. Hovik and her neighbors want the city or the course management company to put up tall nets, similar to the ones near the driving range.

"It's not just property damage," says Hovik. "Somebody could get really hurt and injured by that." Hovik says she's been hit by golf balls several times while walking near her home.

A representative from the golf course told 10News they take the issue very seriously, and they've posted signs along the course telling the golfers they are responsible for any damage done by bad shots. They also say they plan a full safety review of the course this year, and that's one issue that will be addressed.

Representatives from the National City Parks and Recreation Department have not returned our calls for comment.