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In 1998, a 45-year-old golfer was struck in the neck by an errant golf ball as he practiced his putting before a charity tournament at The Golf Club at Lansdowne. After suffering a stroke shortly thereafter that confined him to a wheelchair, a settlement was made in favor of the golfer for $7.5 million.
Those of us who have grown up in the snow-belt understand that golf is a summer sport. We typically see courses shut down their facilities when the snow begins to fall. Over the past few years, however, golf courses and country clubs have been searching for ways to extend their season. They are taking advantage of their rolling hills and acreage by offering various winter activities. Although all activities increase the exposure for golf course owners, some are much more dangerous than others.
According to the National Weather Service, “In the United States, an average of 53 people are killed each year by lightning, and hundreds more are severely injured.” Lightning poses a great liability threat to those who work outdoors on a daily basis, like golf course owners and operators.