Errant Golf Balls in the Wilds

English: Fairway wood positioned near golf ball

If you’re a homeowner in The Wilds of Prior Lake and you’re sick and tired of people walking into your yard to pick up their golf balls that have strayed off the course, I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you.  According to the First Amended Declaration of Covenants, Conditions and Restriction for The Wilds dated July 31, 1995, which you all agreed to when you purchased your property, paragraph 13.03(a) on page 36 grants golfers an easement to come onto your property to retrieve their golf ball.  Yep.  Unless you have a fence or a wall around your property, they don’t need to ask your permission to retrieve their ball.  The easement certainly doesn’t give anyone the right to drive a golf cart onto your property nor to hit their golf ball from your yard.  Don’t feel alone – many golf courses grant the same type of easement to golfers.  After all, chances are the majority of golfers on the course aren’t professionals and they are going to hit a stray ball from time to time.  Even the touring pros hit a bad one now and then.  Heck, I think I might have even hit one once – maybe.  So take the good with the bad:  enjoy your terrific view of the course and don’t get too upset when someone comes to pick up their ball.

Disclaimer:  this is not intended to be legal advice.  I am not a lawyer.  I am, however, one of the people who may one day need to walk into your yard to pickup my golf ball.

About Bob Gilbert, GRI

Realtor with Edina Realty, Prior Lake, MN
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