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Erie family says 900 golf balls have hit property

9:23 PM, Nov 6, 2013   |    comments
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ERIE -- A quiet life on the golf course is now a dangerous game of dodge ball for the Bynum family.

They estimate 900 golf balls have hit their property - smashing their windows, leaving holes in their home, and putting their safety at risk.

Jim Bynum and his wife bought a brand new home along the Vista Ridge Golf Course, hoping for a quiet and safe place to raise their kids.

"Never having any idea that we were going to be living in a danger zone," Bynum said.

Other neighbors get the occasional stray ball, which is par for the course.

"The first hundred golf balls was sort of a surprise," Bynum said.

The Bynum's are in the direct line of fire.

After eight years in their home, Bynum estimates around 900 golf balls have hit their property.

The side of their home is riddled with holes and several golf balls are still wedged in the walls.

The Bynum's signed a document clearing the Vista Ridge developer and Homeowners Association of any liability.

"That is a risk you take on when you buy a home on a golf course," said Carole Walker, Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association.

Walker says the Bynum's would have to file a separate claim each time a hacker dubs a shot, which would put them at risk for losing their insurance by filing multiple claims.

Only one golfer in 8 years has taken responsibility, forcing the Bynum's to pay out-of-pocket for repairs, which have amounted to $12,000.

Bynum is proposing a simple solution, a safety net.

But zoning rules won't allow him to get a net without special permission from neighbors, the golf course, HOA, and others.

"Everybody says no," Bynum said.

Bynum wonders what it will take to protect his property and his family.

"Will it take someone getting killed," Bynum wondered. "We're in danger every time we leave the house. Someone is going to get hit."

The home exterior is stucco, so repair workers are using a different material which may help reduce the damage from stray balls.

KUSA left messages with the Vista Ridge homeowners association and golf course on Tuesday afternoon and have not yet received a response.

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