TikTok influencer who hit golf ball into Grand Canyon takes deal for a $285 fine

People stand on a point silhouetted by the Grand Canyon
Visitors take in Grand Canyon views at Mather Point in 2015. A social media influencer settled her case out of court with a fine about a month after posting a video to TikTok showing her hitting a golf ball into the canyon and flinging the club over the edge as well.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Just over a month after an influencer appeared in a video that showed her hitting a golf ball into the Grand Canyon before flinging the club over the edge as well, authorities have said the case has been settled out of court with a fine.

Court documents provided to The Times on Monday show Katie Sigmond faced one count each of disorderly conduct creating a hazardous condition, and tossing or throwing items into the canyon.

Both offenses are considered Class B misdemeanors in the federal court system, which had jurisdiction over the incident because it occurred in a national park, and were punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and six months to 30 days in prison, according to the document.


Sigmond was fined $285, according to the agreement, which was signed by Sigmond and federal authorities in mid-November.

The U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Arizona provided the document to The Times but referred further questions to the National Park Service.

Grand Canyon National Park’s public affairs personnel could not be reached Monday and did not respond to emailed questions regarding the incident.

Park officials addressed the incident in an Oct. 28 Instagram post.

“Do we really need to say, ‘don’t hit golf balls into the Grand Canyon?’” the post said.

Accompanying the text was a screenshot of a video that’s since been deleted from Sigmond’s social media accounts but has been archived elsewhere on the internet.

“On Oct. 26, an individual posted a video to her personal TikTok page showing her hitting a golf ball and throwing a golf club into the canyon near Mather Point,” park officials said. “Members of the public helped identify the individual’s social media account.”


The following day, Grand Canyon law enforcement identified, found and contacted the person later publicly identified as Sigmond, according to the post.

“Throwing objects over the rim of the canyon is not only illegal but can also endanger hikers and wildlife who may be below,” park officials said in October.

Further information on the incident was not available Monday.

Sigmond did not respond to an email from The Times seeking comment.