“I have a feeling that asking to set up a net is not unreasonable”: Knoxville mother calls for safety upgrades near Whittle Springs golf course


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – A Knoxville woman calls for a change in her neighborhood after a horror over her young son and golf ball from a nearby golf course.

Lindsay Tidwell and her husband had a conversation on Twitter about their concerns earlier this week. They wrote that their 15-month-old son was nearly hit in the head by a golf ball. In the mail they also wrote that the golf ball had come from someone at Whittle Springs Golf Course. They tagged the Knoxville guides in the mail.

WATE 6 On Your Side reached out to the family to see what they were talking about.

“Almost every day there will be one or two golf balls in our yard, in our neighbors’ garden or in our house, you can hear them hitting the house,” said Lindsay Tidwell.

The Tidwells said they lived near golf courses in the past so they didn’t think it would be any different. However, she and her husband said they have never had anything to do with anything like this. “We were lucky, since we’ve lived here, only one window has been broken so far.”

It wasn’t until her own little ball of joy came that her worries reached new heights.

“When he starts walking, he wants to go into the courtyard, he wants to see the cars, he wants to hear the birds and we can’t really do that here because there are golf balls that could hit him,” said Lindsay, worried about her care about the safety of their son.

She said her concerns extend beyond her property lines.

“What if a golf ball hits a car and then that car crashes?” She said. “I want the people to be safe on the fairway, the people to be safe on Valley View, the drivers, the people walking up and down this road to be safe around the golf course, it’s a question the responsibility and neglect point. “

She hopes for a quick solution: “Ideally, they would set up a network because it protects everyone,” she said. “I do not consider the request for a network to be unreasonable.”

WATE 6 On Your Side has requested an answer from the City of Knoxville. Sheryl Ely, the park and leisure director, said they wanted to wait until they met with neighbors to talk.

If others who live near Whittle Springs Golf Course have had similar problems, they can attend a neighborhood meeting at the Larry Cox Senior Center in Edgewood Park on Thursday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m.

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