Seven hundred golf balls weren’t included when the Tenczars bought their $750,000 home in Kingston.
But shattered windows, dented siding and resounding golf ball hits weren’t what turned their dream home into a nightmare, either, according to The Boston Globe.
The couple decided to take legal action and sued their neighbors at the Indian Pond Country Club for trespassing because of the continuous bombardment, the newspaper reports. In December, a jury awarded the Tenczars $3.5 million for damages and emotional and mental suffering after a six-day trial, according to the World.
This price totals $4.9 million with interest, the newspaper reports.
For the past four years, Erik and Athina Tenczar have raised their three young daughters in a home that borders the country club’s golf course. Meanwhile, their home was regularly attacked by balls from the course’s 15th hole, according to the World.
“We’re still on edge,” Erik Tenczar told the newspaper. “It’s been emotionally draining for us.”
the World goes on to describe the neighborhood, where kids wear bike helmets when playing outside, golf balls splash in kiddie pools, and most recently a deck railing was toppled.
When the family bought the house in 2017, the newspaper reports, they fell in love with it – before the golf season.
“Honestly, if you have all these houses on one course, I assumed it was safe,” Athina Tenczar told the World.
The Tenczar family tried to call the country club, but say they got little response, according to the paper. After calling the police, the Tenczars learned that there was little law enforcement could do except call the country club as well. The family therefore hired a lawyer and filed a lawsuit, according to the World.
“They bought what they thought was their dream home,” Tenczars attorney Bob Galvin told the newspaper. “And it became a nightmare for them.”
Country club lawyer John Flemming told the World the owners of the course mobilized by consulting an architect to find solutions. He disputed that the golf course was unresponsive to the Tenczars, according to the newspaper.
The country club has since repaired the course’s 15th tee and now the Tenczars haven’t seen a golf ball on their property in months, the World reports.
Lawyers for the country club intend to file an appeal, according to the newspaper.
“In my view, as a matter of law, the verdict of $3.5 million for alleged emotional distress flies in the face of the weight of the evidence,” Flemming told the World.
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