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Golf Injury Suits Here to Stay Despite Rulings

By Laura Strachan, Esq. on January 03, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

"Golf and law seem to have been made for each other." -Law Professor Craig Brown

The gentleman's sport has been a rich source of legal issues: a transgender golfer entering the LPGA, tort issues involving a failure to warn and anything and everything Tiger Woods. The recent ruling by New York court clarified one questionable aspect of the sport -- golfers do not have a legal obligation to yell "Fore!" to warn other golfers of an incoming golf ball.

The recent decision was between two friends after an errant ball shot by one left the other blind in one eye. Although the opinion is clear, the case begs the question: Will golf injuries go on despite rulings.

Case law has developed the basic notion that unless a golf ball was shot intentionally in the direction of another golfer, there was no liability. Although the cases may vary slightly, there has not been a case in which the court ruled differently from the majority.

"On every fairway, on every rough, in every stretch of rough, in every clubhouse, in every golf bag, at every swing of the ball, in every set of plans for a new course, in every application for a new membership there lurks a potential lawsuit," The Times quotes Craig Brown.

More than just assumption of risk issues, golf is ripe with legal landmines that range from civil rights issues to products liability. Here's looking forward to what the New Year may bring for golf lawsuits.

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