Plans by Berkhamsted Golf Club to change the location of a practice area came under fire during a meeting of the town’s planning leaders.
Neighbours say the move will harm trees, wildlife and ancient archaeological feature Grims Dyke.
Berkhamsted Town Council’s planning committee objected to the move during a meeting on Monday. Minutes of the meeting say: “There is an unacceptable safety risk with the potential of golf balls being driven into New Road.”
Councillors raised fears about construction traffic transporting spoil with which to build the new practice area.
The golf club says the move will bring the area closer to its clubhouse, making it less remote – so women and children can feel safer using it.
The course is in the middle of Berkhamsted Common.