A Montana judge gave a couple the shaft when they attempted to sue for damages after having more than a thousand golf balls hit into the yard behind their home – which was built alongside the 18th hole of a golf course that had been there for years.

Robert and Katherine Brady filed the suit against the Hamilton Golf Club, claiming trespass, nuisance and breach of duty, but the judge hearing the case said that the two – who actually played at the golf course from time to time – knew very well what they were getting themselves into.

The Brady's built a cedar fence and then topped it with a 14-foot-high net in an attempt to keep the balls at bay, but to no avail. Still, the court ruled that the club had no responsibility to change the course layout, and that the two sides should try to iron things out on their own.