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Porsche Owner Gets $400 for Errant Golf Ball Damage

July 4, 1989

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ The five-star Boca Raton Hotel and Club has been ordered to pay for a very bad shot someone made on the golf course.

The errant ball dented the hood of Arnold Massirman’s Porsche.

Massirman sued, and last week, Judge Howard Berman ordered the hotel to pay the Boca Raton man’s repair bill - $356.65, plus $38.50 in court costs.

The judge found that the club recognized the potential for flying golf balls because it had built a fence along part of the course. Had the club extended the fence to the driving range, the ball might have been stopped instead of hitting Massirman’s car while he was driving on the street next to the golf course, the judge said.

″What right have they got to hit me with a golf ball?″ Massirman, a golfer with a handicap of 10, asked last month. ″The nerve of these people. This is a five-star hotel that doesn’t want to pay $400 damages?″

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