Golfer's injury highlights dangers at Perdiswell course

Golfer's injury highlights dangers at Perdiswell course

3114666701. 01/08/14. Left to right - Peter Brown and Terry Green on Perdiswell golf course. Terry was hit in the face by a golf ball and needed hospital treatment. Picture by Nick Toogood. (8857804)

3114666702. 01/08/14. Left to right - Peter Brown and Terry Green on Perdiswell golf course. Terry was hit in the face by a golf ball and needed hospital treatment. Picture by Nick Toogood. (8857809)

3114666703. 01/08/14. Terry Green was hit in the face by a golf ball on Perdiswell golf course and needed hospital treatment. Picture by Nick Toogood. (8857811)

3114666704. 01/08/14. Terry Green was hit in the face by a golf ball on Perdiswell golf course and needed hospital treatment. Picture by Nick Toogood. (8857813)

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A GOLFER who narrowly escaped serious injury when he was hit in the face with a ball has warned other people using Perdiswell Golf Club to be careful when walking on the public course.

Terry Green was playing a round with friends on Tuesday (July 29) when a stray ball struck him on his cheek, just missing his eye and temple.

Now the 73-year-old is using his near miss to highlight the dangers of walking on a golf course.

As Perdiswell Golf Club is public land it is often used by dog walkers and other local residents.

Mr Green said these are the people that really need to be careful.

"I am very lucky," he said. "The chap did shout fore but because we were in competition I hadn't heard. It all happened so fast, in a split second.

"You know what's happened but all of a sudden you think it's really hit me. It knocked me to the ground."

Fortunately for Mr Green the ball hit his cheek, but he says had it hit his cheek bone or his temple it could have caused serious damage.

"If that ball hit a dog it would've killed it. Playing golf you understand the conditions and listen and keep your eye out. It's more dangerous for people walking on the course. It's silly. People don't realise how dangerous it is.

"They just walk out in front of you. Some are very good but others, you can't tell them how dangerous it is."

His warning was backed by fellow golfer Peter Brown, aged 62, who said: "We have a constant problem at Perdiswell as it's council property. There is a constant battle going on there with dog walkers and kids on the fair way.

"It's such a dangerous place. We don't have issue with them being there but it is a safety issue. We just want people to understand the dangers. To see Terry go down like that was quite a shock.

"We just want people to be safe."

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7:03pm Fri 1 Aug 14

broken6 says...

Thanks for showing us what a golf ball looks like. Saves me from Googling it!
Thanks for showing us what a golf ball looks like. Saves me from Googling it! broken6
  • Score: 13

7:25pm Fri 1 Aug 14

CJH says...

It's golf course. There will be balls!
It's golf course. There will be balls! CJH
  • Score: 7

9:05pm Fri 1 Aug 14

The answer is 42 says...

Generally speaking those who create the danger are responsible for ensuring they don't injure anyone else. There is a cycle/walking route straight across the middle and numerous paths which have been used for years. I wonder what the golfers would say if a dog walker told them they should be careful walking near their dog in case it bit them? or a cyclist told them to keep off the cycle path in case they got hit by a bicycle?? Walkers, runners, cyclists, dog owners have constant problem that the public space is denied them because of the golfers. The message has to be live and let live and make sure your actions don't endanger anyone else surely?
Generally speaking those who create the danger are responsible for ensuring they don't injure anyone else. There is a cycle/walking route straight across the middle and numerous paths which have been used for years. I wonder what the golfers would say if a dog walker told them they should be careful walking near their dog in case it bit them? or a cyclist told them to keep off the cycle path in case they got hit by a bicycle?? Walkers, runners, cyclists, dog owners have constant problem that the public space is denied them because of the golfers. The message has to be live and let live and make sure your actions don't endanger anyone else surely? The answer is 42
  • Score: 13

12:19am Sat 2 Aug 14

jb says...

Struggling to understand why a golfer has contacted the WN to warn people about the dangers of flying golf balls on a course which has been there for years without any reported (to my knowledge?) incidents of injuries.


His warning was backed by fellow golfer Peter Brown, aged 62, who said: "We have a constant problem at Perdiswell as it's council property. There is a constant battle going on there with dog walkers and kids on the fair way.

"It's such a dangerous place. We don't have issue with them being there but it is a safety issue. We just want people to understand the dangers. To see Terry go down like that was quite a shock.

"We just want people to be safe."

OR

The golfers think they have a god given right above any other citizen to use the council owned land and get hacked off with 'the public ' rightfully using the land and spoiling their sport? ..... Just a thought
Struggling to understand why a golfer has contacted the WN to warn people about the dangers of flying golf balls on a course which has been there for years without any reported (to my knowledge?) incidents of injuries. His warning was backed by fellow golfer Peter Brown, aged 62, who said: "We have a constant problem at Perdiswell as it's council property. There is a constant battle going on there with dog walkers and kids on the fair way. "It's such a dangerous place. We don't have issue with them being there but it is a safety issue. We just want people to understand the dangers. To see Terry go down like that was quite a shock. "We just want people to be safe." OR The golfers think they have a god given right above any other citizen to use the council owned land and get hacked off with 'the public ' rightfully using the land and spoiling their sport? ..... Just a thought jb
  • Score: 13

9:45am Sat 2 Aug 14

pinkfluff says...

I'm looking forward to the article about footballers risking tackles, they could get injured, cyclist might fall off during a race, car racing may cause a crash, tennis players might get hit with a ball lol.

IF I were suspicious I may think that this is about the golfers not wanting the general public on "their" course.....hmmmmmm.
I'm looking forward to the article about footballers risking tackles, they could get injured, cyclist might fall off during a race, car racing may cause a crash, tennis players might get hit with a ball lol. IF I were suspicious I may think that this is about the golfers not wanting the general public on "their" course.....hmmmmmm. pinkfluff
  • Score: 13

9:49am Sat 2 Aug 14

broken6 says...

This is a story about a golfer being hit by a ball from another golfer. So why are they bringing up the fact that the public using the same area? They have caused no injury and are not relevant to this "accident"
This is a story about a golfer being hit by a ball from another golfer. So why are they bringing up the fact that the public using the same area? They have caused no injury and are not relevant to this "accident" broken6
  • Score: 13

10:01am Sat 2 Aug 14

it700x says...

Serves him right.

Golf is a good walk ruined.
Serves him right. Golf is a good walk ruined. it700x
  • Score: 4

11:32am Sat 2 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

It's nice to know they don't have an issue with a member of the public using a public place.
It's nice to know they don't have an issue with a member of the public using a public place. liketoknow
  • Score: 7

11:35am Sat 2 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

hi . Nanny here. Helmet, goggles , bodyarmour , shinpads
hi . Nanny here. Helmet, goggles , bodyarmour , shinpads liketoknow
  • Score: 4

12:24pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Tobster says...

I don't know what point he's making; it's the golfers responsibility to make sure it's safe before taking the shot, especially where members of the public have access.

And I say that as a casual golfer who's shots are about as straight as a **** horse.
I don't know what point he's making; it's the golfers responsibility to make sure it's safe before taking the shot, especially where members of the public have access. And I say that as a casual golfer who's shots are about as straight as a **** horse. Tobster
  • Score: 2

1:59pm Sat 2 Aug 14

its all spin says...

I walk my dog on Perdiswell and don't really see why anyone needs to cross the fairways, there are plenty of paths to the side of them and the bicycle path does not cross a fairway, it runs between three holes and the next teeing points; moaning about it being a public area doesn't cut much ice neither, the highway is a public area but you just wouldn't wander across without looking.
I walk my dog on Perdiswell and don't really see why anyone needs to cross the fairways, there are plenty of paths to the side of them and the bicycle path does not cross a fairway, it runs between three holes and the next teeing points; moaning about it being a public area doesn't cut much ice neither, the highway is a public area but you just wouldn't wander across without looking. its all spin
  • Score: 7

2:02pm Sat 2 Aug 14

liketoknow says...

I wonder if they would have been so keen to point out the danger if they had caused the injury
I wonder if they would have been so keen to point out the danger if they had caused the injury liketoknow
  • Score: -1

4:02pm Sat 2 Aug 14

VertisRob says...

Whilst we are on this subject can we please have an article on pitchcroft. We were playing football and this other guy kicked the ball right on my forehead, if it had been an inch lower who knows what could of happened. Now we don't mind the public walking around our pitch, we are kind and give them access when we are playing, but they must understand the danger and take absolute responsibility if they aren't watching our ball whilst walking on the footpath and we kick it out of bounds and it hits their face. I mean we have no choice but to use a public access golf cou...i mean football pitch.
Whilst we are on this subject can we please have an article on pitchcroft. We were playing football and this other guy kicked the ball right on my forehead, if it had been an inch lower who knows what could of happened. Now we don't mind the public walking around our pitch, we are kind and give them access when we are playing, but they must understand the danger and take absolute responsibility if they aren't watching our ball whilst walking on the footpath and we kick it out of bounds and it hits their face. I mean we have no choice but to use a public access golf cou...i mean football pitch. VertisRob
  • Score: -1

4:39pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Biggles says...

A golf course built on a public park.

It should never have been built in the first place, but councillors, well some of them, do like to play golf !
A golf course built on a public park. It should never have been built in the first place, but councillors, well some of them, do like to play golf ! Biggles
  • Score: 0

2:19pm Sun 3 Aug 14

Mobey says...

I think the WN should do a follow up to this story, the person who struck the ball who hit this person!
I think the WN should do a follow up to this story, the person who struck the ball who hit this person! Mobey
  • Score: -1

1:15pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Toxic Pete says...

What's the matter with everyone nowadays? What's with all the small-minded, cynical comments here? Golfers at Perdiswell are vindicated in their views here as WN thought the item of 'news' was justified in its content and issued it purely as a warning. Those childish 'commenters' should be a bit more public spirited and take this in the spirit it was intended!! Yes, it's a council owned space for all to use but, there are clear dangers to be aware of. Golfers do not aim balls at people; an injury will be a complete accident and can be serious. It's not even the golfers that you can clearly see that will be the 'culprits', most injuries will be caused by an errant ball coming from somewhere other than just in your eyesight. That's the issue!! Please take heed rather than 'take the mickey'! As for those that believe that a golf course should never have been built on this beautiful parkland; what would you prefer, the old tip, a barren unkempt wasteland? By now the whole area would be unusable for anyone if not for the Council, the Green-keepers and the golfers. At least the area is nicely landscaped and a pleasurable place for ALL to use. Stop the ****, stop the cynicism. Perdiswell is for all but hey, 'take care out there'!
What's the matter with everyone nowadays? What's with all the small-minded, cynical comments here? Golfers at Perdiswell are vindicated in their views here as WN thought the item of 'news' was justified in its content and issued it purely as a warning. Those childish 'commenters' should be a bit more public spirited and take this in the spirit it was intended!! Yes, it's a council owned space for all to use but, there are clear dangers to be aware of. Golfers do not aim balls at people; an injury will be a complete accident and can be serious. It's not even the golfers that you can clearly see that will be the 'culprits', most injuries will be caused by an errant ball coming from somewhere other than just in your eyesight. That's the issue!! Please take heed rather than 'take the mickey'! As for those that believe that a golf course should never have been built on this beautiful parkland; what would you prefer, the old tip, a barren unkempt wasteland? By now the whole area would be unusable for anyone if not for the Council, the Green-keepers and the golfers. At least the area is nicely landscaped and a pleasurable place for ALL to use. Stop the ****, stop the cynicism. Perdiswell is for all but hey, 'take care out there'! Toxic Pete
  • Score: -3

9:13am Fri 8 Aug 14

WorcsBornandBred says...

If it's a public space owned by the council, what should really happen is that golf should be stopped.

It is clearly such a dangerous sport (!?) and the county council should recognise this.

Let's ban golf in Perdiswell. The alternative? Ban people from walking in a public space!

Oh no.....wait.....both are ridiculous. Can't we all just get on? Sh*t happens!
If it's a public space owned by the council, what should really happen is that golf should be stopped. It is clearly such a dangerous sport (!?) and the county council should recognise this. Let's ban golf in Perdiswell. The alternative? Ban people from walking in a public space! Oh no.....wait.....both are ridiculous. Can't we all just get on? Sh*t happens! WorcsBornandBred
  • Score: 1

12:52pm Fri 8 Aug 14

pinkfluff says...

Toxic Pete wrote:
What's the matter with everyone nowadays? What's with all the small-minded, cynical comments here? Golfers at Perdiswell are vindicated in their views here as WN thought the item of 'news' was justified in its content and issued it purely as a warning. Those childish 'commenters' should be a bit more public spirited and take this in the spirit it was intended!! Yes, it's a council owned space for all to use but, there are clear dangers to be aware of. Golfers do not aim balls at people; an injury will be a complete accident and can be serious. It's not even the golfers that you can clearly see that will be the 'culprits', most injuries will be caused by an errant ball coming from somewhere other than just in your eyesight. That's the issue!! Please take heed rather than 'take the mickey'! As for those that believe that a golf course should never have been built on this beautiful parkland; what would you prefer, the old tip, a barren unkempt wasteland? By now the whole area would be unusable for anyone if not for the Council, the Green-keepers and the golfers. At least the area is nicely landscaped and a pleasurable place for ALL to use. Stop the ****, stop the cynicism. Perdiswell is for all but hey, 'take care out there'!
Well don't go boo-hooing to the paper if you don't want anyone to take the pee pee. It's a ridiculous story, that's my opinion and I am entitled to it.

Call me a child and I will act like one........pinkfluff blows raspberry at ToxicPete lol.
[quote][p][bold]Toxic Pete[/bold] wrote: What's the matter with everyone nowadays? What's with all the small-minded, cynical comments here? Golfers at Perdiswell are vindicated in their views here as WN thought the item of 'news' was justified in its content and issued it purely as a warning. Those childish 'commenters' should be a bit more public spirited and take this in the spirit it was intended!! Yes, it's a council owned space for all to use but, there are clear dangers to be aware of. Golfers do not aim balls at people; an injury will be a complete accident and can be serious. It's not even the golfers that you can clearly see that will be the 'culprits', most injuries will be caused by an errant ball coming from somewhere other than just in your eyesight. That's the issue!! Please take heed rather than 'take the mickey'! As for those that believe that a golf course should never have been built on this beautiful parkland; what would you prefer, the old tip, a barren unkempt wasteland? By now the whole area would be unusable for anyone if not for the Council, the Green-keepers and the golfers. At least the area is nicely landscaped and a pleasurable place for ALL to use. Stop the ****, stop the cynicism. Perdiswell is for all but hey, 'take care out there'![/p][/quote]Well don't go boo-hooing to the paper if you don't want anyone to take the pee pee. It's a ridiculous story, that's my opinion and I am entitled to it. Call me a child and I will act like one........pinkfluff blows raspberry at ToxicPete lol. pinkfluff
  • Score: 1

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