He has said that he had to get a window replaced as a matter of urgency and it was going to cost £700. I think he might be trying to avoid paying an excess and is hoping to get the cash back from a responsible party.
What should happen if (a) he has insurance and (b) his insurance does not cover the windscreen?
Can or should I be held responsible for this? I was basically playing golf on the course, hit an errant shot off a tee close to a road and might or might not have hit his car.
Are you - yes
Had it not been for you hitting the ball it would not have hiot
Assuming it did hit of course
If it went to Court, the driver would only need to show, on balance, it came from you
Not beyond doubt
So the club cannot be held in any way responsible given that the tee is positioned beside a road which the player cannot see because of a protection of trees? I seem to remember a case a few years ago at another club where the player was deemed 70% responsible and the club 30% responsible because they had taken no measures to tell players of the dangers and to underline that players played from that tee at their own risk.
Potentially you could counter sue, but the fact still remains, you hit the ball. Potentially there is a case against them though, but let his insurance sort that out
Is there any likelihood that the driver, who by all accounts sounds like a reasonable person, will claim for any more than his out of pocket expenses e.g. sue for other emotional damages? According to the club, he says he fully understands that golfers may hit the odd bad shot!
I can't say - he could try. There is nothing to stop him.
But it is possible.
From what you said, unlikely, but I can't say 100% he could not
Can I clarify anything else?
So best scenario would be for club, claimant and me to come to an agreement, keep it low key but ensure that he has insurance in place and for his insurance to take it forward and take it from there?
Does that help?
Yes thank you.