Saturday, June 30, 2012

Girl Electrocuted While Playing Miniature Golf

Several media outlets are reporting a bizarre incident involving a small child who was apparently electrocuted while playing miniature golf an Orlando resort.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Australian Judge Rules Against Barnbougle Dunes in Dispute with Neighboring Lost Farm Golf Club

photo credit: Golf Club  Atlas/Matthew Mollica

Barnbougle Dunes is the best course you've never heard of. Tucked away in Tasmania, even Australians have difficulty reaching this far flung outpost. But those who make the pilgrimage to this Tom Doak masterpiece - ranked as high #35 in the world - say the journey was well worth it.

However, for years Barnbougle Dunes was engaged in a bitter legal battle with its former CEO, Richard Sattler. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

$250,000 in Buried "Treasure" Found on Kentucky Golf Course

Buried Treasure on #3 at Summit Hills Country Club

In the opening scene of Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, the title character lectures his students that, "'X' never, ever marks the spot." Of course, Indy would later turn out to be wrong, but it's a safe bet that until now he hadn't been wrong when it came to buried treasure on golf courses. In golf, the only thing X ever marks is hole where a player shanked two balls into the pond before heading to the next tee. Or so we thought...

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Beverly Golf and Tennis Club Forced to Renovate to Comply with Massachusetts Disability Laws

Beverly G&TC's historic clubhouse

The Salem News reports that the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board has ruled that Beverly Golf and Tennis Club must renovate its clubhouse to comply with state law.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Texas Golf Course Sued After Cart Plunges From Bridge

Google StreetView image of the covered bridge

James Teran of Memorial, TX has sued the River Plantation Country Club alleging negligence after his golf cart broke through a railing and plunged 30 feet from bridge located on the course.

Friday, June 22, 2012

DUI on a Golf Cart? You bet.

We received a great reader question in regards to yesterday's story about a Massachusetts woman who, according to police, drunkenly drove her car into a sand trap.

"Could Maione have been charged with drunken driving had she been drunk and crashed a golf cart rather than a car into the sand trap?"

The answer after the jump.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Massachusetts Woman Charged With Drunk Driving After Crashing Car into Sand Trap

Looks like the Burger King cup held a "John Daily," not an "Arnold Palmer"

Fox Sports News is reporting that Patricia A. Maione, 46,of Uxbridge, Massachusetts has been charged with a host of motor vehicle violations after she crashed her car into a bunker at the Whitinsville Country Club.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Georgia Supreme Court Rules Against Decedents of 83 Year Old Woman Killed By Alligator in Georgia Golf Course Community

The intrepid author ready to take on a "big" gator at Wild Dunes, SC.

On Monday, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled that the family of woman who was killed by an 8-foot alligator while walking in her daughter's planned golf community cannot recover against the course or homeowners' association.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Supreme Court Rules No Overtime Pay for Golf in Case of Pharmaceutical Reps

Back in April, Tee, Esq. ran a piece on oral arguments before the Supreme Court in the case of Christopher v. Smithkline Beecham Corp. The plaintiffs, two pharmaceutical reps, alleged that they were wrongfully denied overtime pay for the 10-20 hours they worked outside normal business hours each week.   

During those arguments, Justice Ginsberg dryly quipped, "Would the time on the golf course get time and a half?" Today we have the court's answer - no.

The full story and details after the jump.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rick Reilly on some "Bad Lies at US Open Qualifying"

(photo credit: USGA)

Today is the start of the US Open. Much of the focus will be on the interesting storylines of those who qualified for our national championship. Casey Martin, for one, is a compelling story and is sure to receive a lot of positive publicity.

The US Open has been called the toughest test in golf, but few realize that the toughest test in golf may actually be just getting into the tournament itself. Qualifying is a two-step process. Hopefuls must advance through local and sectional qualifiers. Every year thousands tee it up for a chance at a few dozen spots.

The beauty of the Open is that it is just that - open. Anyone who's good enough on those two days can make it. For every one that makes it, there are hundreds who do not. However, amongst those hundred are a handful whose local qualifying scores are bad enough that the USGA sends them a letter asking them to explain their terrible score. If you do not have a good excuse, you can be banned from all USGA events for the next 3 years.

One of America's best and funniest sports writers, Rick Reilly, penned a side-splitting piece for profiling some of the "better" excuses. My thoughts after the jump.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Two Women Arrested for Baring Breasts on Illinois Golf Course

Shelly Lewis, Alicia Binford (photo credit: CBS News)

In his now infamous letter to the president of the Piedmont Driving Club (click here for the most recent update), Atlanta attorney John C. Weitnauer commented that if his fellow private club golfers had gotten naked on a public course it "would have resulted in a call to the police and the arrest of the offender." Looks like Mr. Weitnauer's keen legal reasoning skills proved correct.

Enter Shelly Lewis and Alicia Binder, both of Missouri. The Associated Press is reporting that the pair were arrested after reports the women were exposing their breasts at Woodlands Golf Club in southwestern Illinois.

UPDATE #2 (6/12/12): Piedmont Driving Club to Keep Names of Disciplined Members Confidential

Piedmont Driving Club Clubhouse (photo credit:

Much to the disappointment of Atlanta gossip columnists, Piedmont Driving Club has decided to keep the names of the members involved in drunken antics during the club's member-member a secret. The latest on the story after the jump.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Clemens Offers Golf Alibi at Trial

Our good friend Robert Harris, an occasional guest columnist here at Tee, Esq. and publisher of the fantastic, has written an interesting article noting the prominence of golf in the perjury trial of former-pitcher Roger Clemens.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

"Jaws" Spotted at the Jersey Shore: Blue Heron Pines Sold to Ron Jaworksi Golf

The course that started the South Jersey golf course explosion has been sold. is reporting that Ron Jaworski Golf has purchased Blue Heron Pines golf course in Egg Harbor, NJ. The former Eagles quarterback and ESPN color commentator is already well known in the NJ golf community. He owns Running Deer Golf Club, Valleybrook Country Club and RiverWinds Golf & Tennis Club in the Philadelphia suburbs. Prior to Blue Heron Pines' sale to Jaworski, the course was owned by Ole Hanson & Sons, a group which also owns the nearby Hidden Creek Golf Club, an exclusive private club once ranked in the top 100 in the US.

Monday, June 4, 2012

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Collecting Unpaid Golf Club Dues

Today was a slow news day in the world of golf law, particularly after the fireworks at the Piedmont Driving Club over the past few days. It's pretty tough to top naked golf and mooning a rehearsal dinner. The other headline I contemplated for today was, "Deal Golf Club Halfway House to Serve Breakfast Sandwiches," which for me was undoubtedly the top announcement of the day in the world of golf. However, reason prevailed and I decided to run a piece I've had simmering on the back burner for a while. 

Dues are the lifeblood of any private club. When members resign with an unpaid balance or simply stop paying dues, clubs are faced with a variety of options. Deciding how to handle delinquencies is an important decision for any club.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

UPDATE: Piedmont Driving Club Members Suspended and Fined for Nude Golf and Drunken Antics

Thursday's story about the raucous behavior at Atlanta's Piedmont Driving Club clearly interested Tee, Esq. readers. In less than 24 hours, it became the all-time most read story on the site.

An update after the jump.