Living on the edges of a recently renovated 18-hole golf course might seem like the pinnacle of home ownership, but errant golf balls in one North Glendale neighborhood are sending some running for cover.
Residents in the 3200 block of La Crescenta Avenue, which demarcates the northeast perimeter of the Oakmont County Club golf course, said they have been encountering the occasional golf ball for years.
They also maintain that the incidents of wayward balls have increased dramatically since the course underwent a $4.7-million renovation in 2009, resulting in smashed car windows and near misses of students walking to and from nearby Fremont Elementary School.
Now, they say they've had enough.
“They could put in super tall trees for all I care, as long as it shields our people, namely our children, and our cars and our homes,” said Suzie Nelson, a La Crescenta Avenue resident and Fremont parent.
She finds golf balls in her yard, on the parkway, on the sidewalk and in the gutter. Once, she said, a ball flew into an interior atrium in her home, smashing a glass and startling the family turtle.