Stooshie as stray golf balls prompt changes to Fife links course
Leven links: Residents living next to course complain of ‘errant’ shots
A golfer has accused authorities of taking health and safety to extremes after complaints from neighbours about errant golf balls sparked changes to a Fife course.
Colin Gerard branded events at Leven Links “perplexing” following anger from residents living near the East Links about stray shots.
Mr Gerard called for an end to the “madness”, urging Leven Links not to tamper with the course simply to appease “petty” complaints.
He said: “What concerns me most is that an already cash-strapped joint links committee is having to bend over backwards to pander to or pacify a few residents who have complained of errant golf balls.
“Leven Links realised there was a problem and have now moved the out-of-bounds quite significantly from the roadside.
“Leven Links has also put signs on the 9th and 16th tees asking golfers to be aware of the surrounding properties.
“To me that’s where it should end, but we are now having to move the 16th fairway to the left in order to take out the dogleg.
“I doubt whether the St Andrews Links Trust would be so obliging if the same residents had bought property overlooking the 18th fairway at St Andrews.”
Mr Gerard said a fence could be erected or trees planted to reduce the risk without removing the dogleg, but suggested that could lead to further complaints about the effect it would have on property prices.
“Buying a house next to a golf course and complaining about errant golf balls is no different to buying a house next to a train line and complaining about the noise from passing trains or buying a flat above a pub and complaining about the noise.
“Common sense is required here, and I see this coming only from Leven Links Joint Committee.
“Not one of the members wants this change to take place. Furthermore, the majority of the residents are happy with the changes made to date.”
Lisa McCann, environmental health service manager at Fife Council, confirmed environmental health officers have been working with the committee to reduce stray golf balls – but stressed the council has never suggested play should be stopped.
Common sense is required here, and I see this coming only from Leven Links Joint Committee. COLIN GERARD
Colin Gerard believes people who buy houses overlooking golf courses are wrong to complain about errant golf shots.
Houses overlooking the 16th fairway at Leven Links.