Neighbors to embattled Matthews golf club: 'Do the right thing'

Neighbors to embattled Matthews golf club: 'Do the right thing'

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by BILL McGINTY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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Posted on June 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 15 at 6:00 PM

MATTHEWS, N.C. --   Is the Emerald Lake golf club a bully?  Some of the neighbors who live on the course say yes because of a cart path bru-ha-ha!

The Emerald Lake Golf Club put a section of their cart path through Maurizio Ferro’s side yard.  The club admitted the mistake in several emails obtained by the I-Team and said they’d pull it up, but only if Ferro assumed any and all liability for any damages and injuries.  

Ferro’s response: Are you kidding?

The club paved a new chunk of cart path and told Ferro he could just keep the old one.  When the club heard the I -Team was coming back out for a second story, workers quickly took down the orange construction fence NewsChannel 36 showed viewers last week and replaced it with a hodge-podge row of cheap flowers.

Neighbors in this golf course community are shocked at how the Emerald Lake Golf Club is treating their neighbor for a mistake the club admits it made.

Russ Lilly lives across the street and on the golf course.

“People in this neighborhood have been good neighbors to them.  They should do the right thing,” Lilly said.

Other neighbors, like Jim Cook, are taking a different approach to the issue. 

“I’m not going to play this course—and I play two to three times a week—but I’m not going to play here until they resolve this,” Cook said.

“I’ll be satisfied when they own up and man up (and) make it right,” Ferro added.

Ferro also says he had the property line surveyed and says even the new cart path is on his property just a little. 

The I-Team has made repeated requests for comments to the Emerald Lake Golf Club, but General Manager Matt Pennell only wrote back one time saying, “I apologize for not being here to take your call yesterday and when trying to call you back this morning, your cell phone wouldn’t allow me to leave a message.  I wish I could be of more help, but company policy doesn’t allow comment on pending legal matters.”
 

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