A bus worker is suing a golf club after being hit on the head by a ball before another one smashed through her car windscreen.
Laura MacKay, who works at the First Midland Bluebird bus depot in Stirling Road, Larbert, is raising legal action against Falkirk Golf Club after being injured when a golf ball driven from the course smacked her on the head two years ago at the site.
Two weeks ago another ball flew through the back windscreen of her Renault Megane as it sat in the depot’s car park. It is believed the balls are flying in from the course from the 17th hole, which is a dogleg, when golfers try – unsuccessfully – to cut the corner with their shots.
Laura (30), from Stenhousemuir, required hospital treatment for her head injury and still needs ongoing physiotherapy after hurting her back when she fell to the ground from the force of the ball’s blow.
Laura said: “I am still trying to recover from being hit with the golf ball two years ago and now another one goes through my car window.
“I think this is a serious problem and obviously a danger to people’s health and safety. There should at least be safety nets in place to stop the balls flying off the course, but the club doesn’t seem to want to address the problem.”
Club manager David Robinson said he is aware of the issue, but said that individual golfers are liable for accidents and damage, not golf clubs.
He said: “We are not being unsympathetic in this case and we are very sorry about the accidents, but the club is unable to accept liability as it lies with the individual golfer. There has been several case studies in courts about this.”
‘PROBLEM WILL ONLY GET WORSE IN SUMMER’
First Midland Bluebird say golf balls are also damaging their buses and they are expecting it get worse in the summer.
A spokesperson for the company said: “There is an issue with stray golf balls coming into our depot, normally resulting in smashed windows on the upper and lower decks of our vehicles.
“There have been a number of incidents already this year and our records indicate that this is likely to rise during the summer months as the course gets busier.
“We have met with golf club officials to raise our concerns, not only around the vehicle damage but the fact there is a serious staff welfare issue here also. Unfortunately no solution from the club has been forthcoming.”