A Prince Edward Island woman wants Parks Canada and Green Gables Golf Club to do more to keep the public safe after a golf ball hit her car last Sunday.
Kathy Carver said she was driving Route 6 at Green Gables Golf Club on July 18 when the incident occurred. She was on her way to Cavendish Beach.
“I had just passed the green on the 17th hole and all of a sudden I heard this terrible sound. I didn’t know what it was,” said Carver. “I looked down and I could see blood.”
A golf ball struck the windshield of Carver’s SUV, blowing toughened glass. Carver stopped and turned on her hazard lights.
“I was just totally shocked. I thought maybe I would have been shot,” said Carver.
According to Carver, the golf ball almost fell through her window. She didn’t need stitching after the incident, but her arms were bleeding from parts of her broken windshield.
After stopping, Carver said she got out of her car and went to the golf course to see who the golfers were.
Carver says her arms were bleeding from broken glass on her windshield. (Brian Higgins / CBC)
“I’m standing there bleeding and probably looking like I’m crazy,” she said.
Carver found the golfer who hit the ball and explained what happened.
“He turned as white as I probably looked.”
The golfer helped pay the cost of replacing Carver’s windshield, she said.
Carver later called her brother Murray Campbell to pick her up at the golf course clubhouse because she was unable to drive.
“She sounded really upset, hysterical. She was crying,” said Campbell.
“I don’t feel safe anymore”
Carver said she was afraid this might happen to someone else. She wants to install a net on the golf course or redesign the 17th hole.
Carver says she wants to add a net to the golf course or redesign the 17th hole. (Brian Higgins / CBC)
“I’m scared and haven’t been on Route 6 since then because I don’t feel safe anymore,” she said.
Green Gables Golf Club is privately owned but is located on Parks Canada property. The golf course management declined to be interviewed by CBC News. In a statement, Green Gables Golf Club said it is looking for ways to prevent “this unfortunate event” from happening again.
In a statement to CBC News, Parks Canada said Carver had not yet contacted the organization directly. However, Carver said she emailed both Parks Canada and the golf course.
“We are expanding our concern [Carver]“, It says in the declaration.
“Parks Canada is in contact on this matter and is working closely with the golf course operator.”
The statement also said that Parks Canada management will meet this week to discuss the incident and next steps. It hasn’t specified what those steps will be, but Parks Canada said it has redesigned golf holes and installed nets on other golf courses in the past.