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Former Members Sue Rye Over Golf Club's 2015 Fungicide Fiasco

The Rye Golf Club, a city-owned facility, has come under fire recently for a 2015 fungicide incident that left many of its greens unplayable. Here Whitby Castle, the scene of many a wedding reception, towers over the club's lush lawns and fairways.
The Rye Golf Club, a city-owned facility, has come under fire recently for a 2015 fungicide incident that left many of its greens unplayable. Here Whitby Castle, the scene of many a wedding reception, towers over the club's lush lawns and fairways. Photo Credit: Goggle Maps screen shot

This story has been updated.

RYE, N.Y. -- Golfers, apparently teed off because tainted fungus killer messed up several months of play at a Rye-owned club, have sued the city, claiming negligence and breach of contract, lohud.com reported.

The suit claims that the chemical, made by Tessenderlo Kerley Inc. (TKI), turned the turf at 18 holes at the Rye Golf Club on Boston Post Road from green to brown and made them unusable for three months in 2015, lohud.com’s story said.

The suit, which the city calls baseless, was filed in state Supreme Court on Thursday, Feb. 2, lohud.com reported.

The claimants are no longer Rye Golf Club members. They have not joined in 2017, nor did they join in 2016. The claimants were comprehensive members (pool and golf).

According to a current golf club member, the golf course never closed in 2015; temporary greens were used from May 1 until Sept. 10 of that year, he said. Temporary greens are used at Rye Country Club from mid-December to April 1 most years. Other public golf courses in Westchester County close their courses for the winter in mid-December until April 1.

The club, which has a strict no-refund policy, settled with TKI for $2.5 million and then plowed most of the money into things such as capital projects at the club and discount incentives for members, lohud.com reported.

According to the lohud.com story, the plaintiffs were offered discounts but refused them because they were asked to sign waivers exempting Rye from future litigation, lohud.com reported.

To read lohud.com’s full report, click here.

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