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Man goes bar-hopping while driving a golf cart, ends poorly

golf-cart-dui-2.jpgBy now, we've learned that you can get in a lot of trouble by drinking and driving a golf cart. Our Max Adler dug into the subject in our July 2014 issue, detailing how serious -- and even deadly—manning a golf cart while intoxicated can be.

But this case has us chuckling a bit. According to a report, a man outside Wilkes-Barre, Pa., thought it'd be a good idea to drive his golf cart to the bar on Monday night. He was arrested three miles from downtown Wilkes-Barre. Unless it was a high-speed golf cart, that's a long way away for a golf cart to go. Not to mention, an aggressive move on a Monday.

Related: Golf Digest's July 2014 feature on golf-cart DUIs


This guy thought he was making the responsible decision by driving a golf cart instead of a regular car. Turns out, you're going to attract a lot more attention cruising around town in a golf cart.


Illustration by John Ritter, originally appeared in July 2014 issue of Golf Digest.


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Weird golf news of the week: You won't believe how many golf balls this guy stole

Meet Nathan Brown. He's 27 years old, resides in Missouri, and apparently, loves stealing golf balls.

Brown, who has been nicknamed the "golf ball bandit," recently confessed to stealing golf balls from a Maryland Heights (Mo.) driving range on three separate occasions dating back to November 2013. The total number of golf balls stolen? A whopping 42,000.

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Here's the FOX2Now report:

Brown stole all of the golf balls, valued about about $20,000, from the Golfport Driving Range. His most recent theft occurred in October.

"That almost put us out of business because you need golf balls to operate," owner Carol Boggs said.

"We couldn't imagine that anybody could come in here and pick up that many golf balls without somebody recognizing that there's somebody out there picking golf balls," added Boggs.

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Smartly, Golfport Driving Range puts its own logo on the balls and updates it each year. That probably made it a bit tougher for Brown to unload his stolen goods (is there a black market for range balls?), though, police have only recovered about 2,000 of the golf balls so far.

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Apparently, there's a place called Casino Golf Club. And it keeps getting broken into

First off, there's an actual place called the Casino Golf Club? Sounds awesome.

Turns out, it's located in Australia and like it sounds, it doubles as both a golf course and a casino. Again, awesome.

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What's not awesome, though, is all the crime the club has suffered recently. According to the Ballina Shire Advocate, the club has been broken into six times in the past four weeks.

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The above photo is from security footage that shows three people breaking in while a fourth waits outside in the early morning hours on Nov. 21. Fortunately, no one was hurt since a cleaner working at the time locked himself in a closet -- you can see he left his supplies in the middle of the floor -- after the intruders broke through the glass doors with bricks.

Police are still investigating a myriad of crimes, which include everything from stealing a set of golf clubs to damaging a poker machine. Again, this place is called Casino Golf Club.

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Weird golf news of the week: Thief in Hawaiian shirt is slicker than he looks

Police are looking for a man who stole golf clubs from Pelican Point Golf Shop in Gonzales, La., according to the Gonzales Weekly Citizen. If authorities catch him, they should consider adding a charge for wearing a hideous Hawaiian shirt.

Surveillance video from Nov. 16 caught an older man wearing such a shirt -- along with an equally obnoxious hat -- red handed. Or in this case, black slacksed.

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The man bought a few small items, but stuffed golf clubs down his pants and walked out of the store when the clerk went to help someone else. He pulled the same stunt again a little later. Here's a screen shot of him from the video:

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Apparently, the man isn't as clueless as we thought. The four clubs he took are worth a whopping $1,448.97, and despite dressing like Chris Berman, he has yet to be apprehended.

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People are stealing disc golf baskets in Wisconsin for some reason

For the second time in a little more than a year, a disc golf basket has been stolen from a Sheboygan, Wisc., park, the Sheboygan Press reported. This time, the basket was stolen from the sixth hole at Quarryview Park.

It's a real shame since anyone who has played disc golf at Quarryview Park knows the sixth hole is integral to the course architect's original vision. Sorry, couldn't resist. Anyway, in case you don't know what such an item looks like, here's a photo of one of the baskets being installed on the course in 2010:

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(Photo: Gary C. Klein/Sheboygan Press Media)

In August 2013, a basket was stolen from nearby Vollrath Park. There was a replacement basket on hand then, but that's not the case this time.

"A lot of people are kind of mad about it," said Patti Wield, who with her husband, Dennis, operates The Shack at Vollrath Park.

The basket, worth about $400, was believed to be pulled by the ground using a truck. Wield suspects the thieves might try to sell it online so she's helping to get the word out.

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"We've reached over 4,000 people on Facebook about this," Wield said. "I don't know if that's going to go anywhere or help. We're just trying to get the word out, if anybody knows anything. Somebody knows something."

While authorities try to get to the bottom of this, let's all enjoy this classic "Seinfeld" clip in which George shows his interest for frisbee golf, aka "frolf":

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Weird golf news of the week: Man gets one-year ban from golf club for alleged "lesbian comment"

A UK man has been given a one-year ban from all Dundee (Scotland) golf clubs for a recent "lesbian comment," according to DeadlineNews.co.uk.

The incident occurred in September and involved William Webster, 75, and a new member of the Caird Park Golf Club bar staff. According to authorities, Webster was "intimidating." According to Webster, he was just being "flippant."

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"I thought she was a student," said Mr Webster, who has been playing golf there for 10 years. "But she said this was her permanent job. I said, 'You are aware of the homosexuality of your surroundings?

"And then I said, 'I hope they don't tamper with you'."

According to Webster, who claims he doesn't have a problem with homosexuals, the conversation after was "quite normal" and "happy go lucky."

But things got serious when police paid him a visit at 10 p.m. that night and warned him about being charged with a hate crime. "I was told, 'You can be arrested for homophobia,'" he said.

Webster tries to meet up with friends to play golf every day. "I'm missing my friends. I'm a widower. I live on my own and don't have any family in Dundee." Here he is pictured with a new set of golf clubs he bought earlier this year. Apparently, he's a big Ping guy.

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Just last week on the PGA Tour, Patrick Reed was caught on TV uttering a gay slur. Reed will probably receive a fine, but we're pretty sure the police didn't come to his door.

"I was totally surprised by what happened," Webster said. "There is no freedom of speech."

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Weird golf news of the week: Fleet of golf carts stolen from private club

Golf carts get stolen all the time, but they're usually abandoned after being used for late-night, alcohol-influenced joy rides that wreak havoc on golf courses. Not this time.

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According to NJ.com, eight golf carts were stolen from the Hollywood Golf Course, a private club in Ocean Township, N.J. Police say the gas-powered Club Car carts were taken sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

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The report says the thieves, who have yet to be caught, cut a hole in a chain-link fence on a dead end street. Police believe the carts were then loaded onto a trailer.

That certainly makes sense. A clean getaway on eight separate carts, particularly ones that run on gas, would have been a bit tricky.

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Weird golf news: Man uses golf club as a weapon to defend church from burglar

It goes without saying you should never steal from anyone, let alone a church. But if you are dumb enough to do it, make sure you stay away from a particular church in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle.

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Komo News reported the church's caretaker saw a suspicious man coming out of the basement he had broken into. The caretaker grabbed a golf club, chased the man down and struck him, breaking the club. Hopefully, it wasn't a new driver.

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The caretaker the repeatedly punched the suspect, who apparently had been preparing to steal a pair of bicycles, before eventually the cops showed up and arrested him.

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No word yet on if the caretaker has chosen to replace his weapon/club or if he's going to have the old one reshafted.

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Weird golf news of the week: Georgia residents fight for increased golf cart rights

Owning golf carts has become commonplace in Chatham County, Ga. Unfortunately, for most residents, the use of those vehicles away from the golf course is for the most part illegal. At least, for now.

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Residents are fighting a state law that prohibits the use of golf carts and similar vehicles on public roadways (except in communities that adopt specific ordinances), according to this comprehensive report from the Savannah Morning News. An updated version of the law that went into effect in July has caused more people to be pulled over by police while driving these "personal transportation vehicles" and Savannah-area residents are not happy.

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County Commissioner Helen Stone says she's probably received more letters complaining about golf cart restrictions than any other issue.

"I think I've gotten close to 50 emails urging us please to look at something to allow golf carts, especially in the area of Isle of Hope," Stone said.

Lawmakers argue that driving golf carts is a safety issue. The smaller vehicles generally don't have features like turn signals and seat belts.

Residents argue golf carts help cut down accidents, deter crime, and play a big role in the area's social scene.

"It's very much become part of the lifestyle out here," said resident Jeremy Summerell. "We live on an island where we don't have a lot of traffic."

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Stone said areas with lower speed limits, less traffic, and smaller roads could see the use of golf carts on public roads legalized sooner, but it won't be for awhile.

"It's going to take a little bit of time," Stone said. "I hate for people not to be able to use them. They're environmentally friendly. They're a good way for people to socialize and be out. . . . But we've got to look at all of the safety issues surrounding the situation."

So there's hope for the Isle of Hope in its golf cart crusade. In the meantime, keep it to cart path only if you don't want any trouble with the authorities.

(h/t Savannahnow.com)

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Weird golf news of the week: Man loses 83-day court appeal over handicap dispute

This might be the weird golf news story to top all weird golf news stories in 2014.

We'll start with the basics. On Thursday, Thomas Talbot, a retired insurance official in Dublin was denied an appeal in an Irish court in which he claimed his former golf club had defamed him by accusing him of having a false handicap.

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If that's not crazy enough, the appeal took 83(!) days in Ireland's High and Supreme Courts before finally being rejected. Justice Susan Denham helped make the ruling and said the system, "would benefit by further development and use of case management so the best use can be made of scarce court resources for the benefit of all litigants." Gee, do you think?

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Talbot was suing the Hermitage Golf Club, one of its officers, Eddie Murphy (great name!), and the Golfing Union of Ireland. He felt the club was accusing him of cheating when it sent him a certificate that gave him a 13 handicap, accompanied by the phrase: "General Play (Handicap Building)."

Essentially, Talbot thought the club was accusing him of artificially inflating his handicap. Of course, that would anger any golfer -- although not as much if true -- but taking the club to court? Really? Oh yeah, and this all happened in 2003!

It gets weirder. Apparently, in 2004, Talbot, who also unsuccessfully sued the club for conspiring against him, got into a confrontation with the club's manager over the certificate he received and was suspended. According to Laois Nationalist, Talbot is the third person to be suspended by the club in 40 years. The other two were suspended for abuse of club property and singing songs with inappropriate words in mixed company. OK then.

Talbot, 77, now faces a rather large legal bill. Just a guess, but this decade-long pursuit of clearing his name as a sandbagger probably wasn't worth it.

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