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When lightning hits a flagstick, it does crazy stuff to the green

By now everyone’s probably seen a tree or two that’s been hit by lightning: branches severed off, strips of bark missing. What happens, though, when lightning hits a smaller target on the golf course? 

This photo from a Reddit user shows what happened to the green at a course in Utah when a flagstick got hit:

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Photo credit: Reddit user Geoffreypjs

It looks so cool it kind of looks fake. But it’s not. A few other courses have reported similar stories in the past, like this one in South Africa that Gary Player designed:


As cool as it looks, we pity the superintendent that has to heal those burned greens.   


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Two fans at the Wells Fargo stole a golf cart from Quail Hollow and drove it to a Charlotte bar

Apparently, Rory McIlroy's seven-shot win wasn't the most impressive performance Sunday at Quail Hollow. Nope, that honor goes to a couple of fans who stole one of the club's golf carts and drove it to a Charlotte bar, according to Total Frat Move.

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Of course, we're not promoting such shenanigans, but this wasn't your normal cart hijacking that usually takes place in the middle of the night and ends a few minutes later when people get bored driving around a course. No, these guys took the cart some time after the tournament ended and then drove it FIVE miles to get to their final destination.

As TFM points out, this required traveling on some major roads in the Charlotte area:

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People on the scene said the guys parked the cart on the patio at Selwyn Pub, had a few drinks and left. Someone from Quail Hollow came to claim the vehicle the next morning and put it on a trailer instead of driving it back. Good idea.

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Arizona man buys a used set of golf clubs and finds a loaded gun in the bag

According to the Mohave Daily News, an Arizona man bought a set of used golf clubs from a thrift shop in Sedona and found a loaded gun in the bag. Talk about getting some bang for your buck.

Related: Man's golf course protest ends abruptly when he falls out of a tree

Mel Grewing made the purchase last week and made the discovery of the .22 pistol when he got home. He tried returning the weapon to its owner, but the store didn't know who it had purchased the bag from.

Grewing then brought the gun to the local police department, where the weapon's serial number will be run. If there's no record of the gun being stolen, Grewing, who happens to be a recreational shooter, will gladly keep it. We assume he'll leave it at home, though, on the days he's being a recreational golfer.

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Was a tunnel built beneath Los Angeles Country Club connecting Playboy Mansion to Warren Beatty's house?

Was there a tunnel, or at least plans to construct one, that would have run beneath part of the North Course of the venerable Los Angeles Country Club, connecting the Playboy Mansion to Warren Beatty’s house on Sunset Blvd.?

Well, a story at Playboy.com indicated there was and even produced blueprints it says were found in the basement of the Playboy Mansion on South Mapleton Drive in Los Angeles.

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“So, according this blueprint, tunnels were built to the homes of ‘Mr. J. Nicholson,’ ‘Mr. W. Beatty,’ ‘Mr. K. Douglas’ and ‘Mr. J. Caan,” the story says. “We’ll go ahead and assume they’re talking about Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan - all of whom lived near the Playboy Mansion during the late 1970s and early 1980s. There are no dates on the architectural schematics, but the dates on the Polaroids were from 1977.

“We asked if we could see the tunnels. A staff member said, off the record, ‘I heard they were closed up sometime in 1989.’”

The backyard to the Playboy Mansion is adjacent to the 13th green of the North Course. The tunnel looks as though it would have had to run beneath the 13th green, part of the seventh hole and the fifth fairway.

The North Course was 26th in Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses and has entered a preliminary agreement with the United States Golf Association to take the U.S. Open there in 2023.

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Nebraska councilwoman wins battle against ban on feminine-hygiene ads at local golf courses

A ban on feminine-hygiene ads at city-run golf courses in Lincoln, Neb., has been overturned thanks to the work of a city councilwoman, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

The report says Councilwoman Leirion Gaylor Baird stumbled on the ban when reading the agreement with the company, Bench Craft Co., that supplies Lincoln's golf courses with scorecards, course guides, benches, ball washers and display boards. In the agreement, Bench Craft can sell advertising, but Lincoln has a long list of banned substances.

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On that list are things you'd expect like tobacco or alcohol, as well as nothing graphic and nothing political. But what jumped out to Baird was the prohibition of advertising feminine hygiene products or contraceptives. Baird then convinced the council to remove the ban.

"The city really doesn't need to be signaling to women and young girls that this is anything to be embarrassed about," Baird said. "They certainly don't need another . . . reason to be self conscious about their bodies."

Well said. So if you're a guy playing golf in Lincoln and you happen to come across a Playtax ad, don't make a big deal out of it, OK?

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Golf protest by man living in a tree ends abruptly when man falls out of tree

Last week we brought you the odd story of two protesters living in a tree in New Orleans' Sharp Park in an effort to stop construction of a new $25 million golf course. Now the situation has gotten even stranger.

The lone man standing, er, sitting fell out of the tree on Tuesday, according to Nola.com. Witnesses say Jonathan "Lloyd" Boover flipped out of a hammock perched midway up the tree. He appeared to injure his nose, leg and foot, and was eventually taken away by an ambulance.

Related: Bold thief steals set of golf clubs in broad daylight

Lloyd, the name he was known by among fellow protestors, had been living in the tree since March 13. That's 11 days of living in a tree. Hammock or not, that's impressive.

A female, known only by her protest name of Heart, came down a week before after spending four days with Lloyd in the tree. Lloyd was thought to be running low on supplies. He waved to a crowd of supporters as he was carried away on a stretcher.

City officials had decided they wouldn't forcibly remove the protesters, but a police officer had been assigned to watch him. An arrest warrant was also issued for Lloyd for disturbing the peace and criminal trespassing.

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"Mr. Boover chose to interfere in the construction of the golf course . . . he broke the law and now becomes the subject of civil and criminal action," said City Park spokesperson Marc Ehrhardt.

Construction of the Rees Jones design had continued with Lloyd in the tree and the course is scheduled to be finished by February 2017.

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Important PSA: Let's all try to catch this thief by watching a video of him stealing a set of golf clubs in broad daylight

A Tulsa man had a set of golf clubs stolen right out of his driveway on Monday in broad daylight, according to newson6.com. Despite home surveillance footage of the criminal, he hasn't been arrested yet.

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At Golf Digest, we're obviously against this sort of thing, so we figured we'd help. Please check out the footage from Oklahoma's News On 6 to see if you can identify this thief and help bring him to justice (Call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS if you recognize him):

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Michael Potts is the victim of this bold crime. His white Callaway golf bag with his name monogrammed on the side contained about $1,500 worth of clubs and a range finder.

Yes, not being a tour pro and having your name monogrammed on a white Callaway golf bag is also bold, but it's not technically a crime. Let's help this guy out.

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Cab driver stops to hit golf balls, leaves patron locked in cab

A woman in Bremerton, a town near Seattle, Wash., experienced the taxi ride of her nightmares. 

It's not uncommon for golfers to want to take a break from the workday to hit a few balls, but one cab driver in Bremerton took that idea to absurd extremes. A woman got into a cab Saturday morning and was driven around for several hours against her will before being dropped off at her destination. 

After the woman had called for a cab when her car broke down on Friday, she called the same cab driver the next day to take her to her car. The driver picked her up, and ran a few errands, refusing to drop her off as he kept her locked in the cab. Included in this list of errands: A stop at a golf course to hit a few balls. 

Not until several hours later did the driver finally drop the woman at her destination.

Similar stories exist - like the one in LA last fall when an Uber driver took a woman on a two hour trip, driving her to an empty parking lot and locking her in the car before finally taking her home. But in all frightening stories like this, no other cab driver that we've heard of has taken the time to play a little golf while holding someone against their will. 

The police in Bremerton were contacted and the golfer/cab driver is in custody. That was probably his last range session for a while. 


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Protesters are living in a tree to halt the construction of a New Orleans golf course

A new $24.5 million golf course is set to be built in the heart of New Orleans. Sounds great, right? Well, not to many protesters living in the area.

Two people took their unhappiness with the project to the extreme by living in a tree on the property in an effort to halt construction, according to WDSU News. Supporters told WDSU that the man, who would only be identified as "Lloyd," and the woman, who would only be identified as "Heart," have been living in a tree in City Park since Friday.

Related: Swedish golfer gets one-year ban for being in "too great a hurry"

Heart finally caved on Tuesday afternoon and came down. She was cheered by gathered protestoes.

"We need to start caring for ourselves and nature is part of that," she said. "So let's be bold and take care of everything, everyone."

But Lloyd remains in the tree. We're guessing he's not a big golfer. Here's a news report from New Orleans' CBS affiliate, WWL TV:

City Park officials said they would not force the protesters off the property and they hope Lloyd will come down voluntarily. He has to, right? How long can you possibly live in a tree?

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"As long as they're not disturbing anything or disturbing the construction site, we are just going to keep them isolated in the tree and we'll carry on building the golf course," City Park CEO Bob Becker said.

Organized by the City Park For Everyone Coalition, protests of the new course have been ongoing for weeks. Supporters want the area to remain open and free to the public.

"To privatize this and make it solely for golf, I mean, I don't know how someone else can think that's not ridiculous and hilarious," said protestor Rebecca Kaplan.

However, the land was formerly part of the City Park Golf Complex before Hurricane Katrina flooded the area.

"The park has historically had great courses. The tournament in New Orleans was historically played here. So we thought it would be appropriate to have a moderately priced course and a course that was first-class," Becker said.

Construction for the new 250-acre Rees Jones course is underway and is scheduled to be finished by February 2017. We'll have to wait and see if Lloyd's tree winds up being part of the final design.

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Weird golf news of the week: Swedish golfer gets one-year ban for being in "too great a hurry"

According to TT News Agency, a Swedish golfer will be banned from playing golf for a year. The reason? He was in "too great a hurry" during a scramble.

The man in question committed the offense in the fall when he hit a shot that struck someone's hand in the group in front of him. That player is reported to have had to take a seven-week break due to the injury.

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The man was appealing his sentence because he waited until the green had cleared before hitting the shot, but the Swedish Golf Federation upheld the penalty. Under the ban, the man can't play any golf course in Sweden for 12 months. Harsh, perhaps, but it's another reminder that you can never be too safe on a golf course.

And if you're wondering how this will be enforced, our Swedish colleague, Stina Sternberg, explains: "Every Swedish course/club is a member of the SGF, as is every golfer -- it's mandatory and part of the golf in membership fee -- so he could never sign in at a course to play without being red-flagged in the system."

We hope he has a passport.

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