Golf club faces public liability fine after woman is hit with golf ball

A golf club has been ordered to pay a £5,000 fine after a businesswoman using its golf course was hit by a stray golf ball and injured.

Rachel Davis, a marketing consultant, was hit in the face by a golf ball at the Branston Golf and Country Club in Staffordshire after she had finished her round. She was making her way to the car park via the course’s ‘designated footpath’ with a colleague and a business client when the incident occurred.

After being hit by the ball, Mrs Davis lost a tooth and was left with other cuts and bruises on her face.

The Branston Golf and Country Club was taken to court over the incident, and has now been fined £5,000 for failing to ensure Mrs Davis’ safety. The club will now have to rely on its public liability insurance – if such a policy has been taken out by the club’s owners – in order to pay the fine, as well to cover £3,515 in court costs. It is also understood that the club will pay Mrs Davis around £7,500 in compensation for her injuries and her traumatic experience.

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