April 23, 2007
By MELISSA DiPANE 6 News Anchor/Reporter
OAK RIDGE (WATE) -- Golfers are using the 18th hole of the Centennial Golf Course in Oak Ridge as their personal potty. The problem is, it's right in the Schubert's backyard.
The Schuberts live on Centennial Golf Course. It's an ideal location for a family who loves to golf.
"We bought this property two-and-a-half years ago when our children expressed an interest in taking their golf playing to the next level," says homeowner Delisa Schubert.
The family says they got more than they bargained for after moving in and seeing the urinating golfers. "I was shocked, appalled, couldn't believe it was happening in my presence," Schubert says.
The course is owned by the city and managed by Billy Casper Golf Management Inc.
Schubert complained to course supervisors about the incidents. They put up signs prohibiting urination on the greens. But it hasn't stopped.
Schubert called police. They suggested she videotape it. In a year, she's collected a dozen discs with more than 40 golfers relieving themselves.
6 News took her video to Oak Ridge's City Manager for comment. "It's something we don't condone on city property. We'll have to take corrective action," says Jim O'Connor, Oak Ridge city manager.
O'Connor says the city could go as far as issuing a fine if golfers are caught.
Schubert says she just wants relief. "We moved here because we thought it would be a family friendly environment. It's been very discouraging for us as a family," Schubert says.
Centennial was built in 1996 and is a public golf course.
The city manager says Oak Ridge will make immediate changes and possibly add portable toilets.