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For the golfer who has everything, splurge on a $190k fleet of used golf carts

If you've recently picked up your own golf course in a fire sale -- or you want to be the most popular retiree in your neighborhood at The Villages -- you can become the commander of your own fleet of 79 late-model E-Z-GO golf carts. 

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The eBay listing says the carts are located in Southern California, where they came from a country club. A dedicated charger is included, and the model-year 2012 carts all have what is apparently the popular Trojan battery upgrade. 

The list price for the lot is $190,000 -- which works out to about $2,400 per cart, or about $5,000 less than the cost of a 2015 model. Of course, by the looks of the photos, you might have to hose a few of these ones down before use. But with a little elbow grease and some logistical help (how many trucks does it take to ship 79 carts?), you could be hosting your own senior citizen version of the Indy 500 within a week or two.

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Someone has been pooping in the cups at a Norwegian golf course for 10 years

By now, we can all deal with the fact that some people urinate on the course while out playing golf. We can also accept the notion that some people have sex on the course. But this … this is different.
 
A United Press International report tells the story of a man in Norway who poops in the cups at Stavanger Golf Club.
 
This isn't one of those instances where a greenkeeper comes in and is like This one time I was mowing the first green, and there was poop in the cup. No. This, um, s@*& has been going on for 10 years. We were using flip phones and renting movies at Blockbuster when this guy started doing this.
 
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According to the story, the club has tried to get the person to stop by putting flood lights around the greens. Those lights were no match for the pooper, though, who found a way to turn them off.
 
This is all a bit much. They need to start investing in some night-time security, or security cameras or something. It's awful that this person is doing this, but even worse that he's gotten away with it for as long as he has.

We wish the crew at Stavanger Golf Club all the luck in the world to help stop the stealth pooper.

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Don't just say that tee shot went like it was shot out of a cannon. Mean it.

Craigslist really is the land of misfit toys -- outgrown bikes, worn-out go carts and mix-and-match board games with missing pieces. 

It's also a place where you can find truly odd golf paraphernalia, like this little golf ball mortar on the metro New York City antiques for sale page. 

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Sporting a thick hardwood base and 12-inch barrel made out of blued steel and capable of shooting a golf ball a half a mile on a 1.5-oz black powder charge, it isn't exactly a toy. But if you're looking for something different than the standard shotgun to send the groups off at your next club event, come to the Flatiron district in Manhattan and bring $210. 

The ad warns that the cannon is "SUPER loud." And, you know, capable of putting a Titleist-sized hole clean through your sternum.   

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Sickos who stole beloved fake horse from mini-golf course come to their senses and return fake horse

When you own and operate a mini-golf course with fake animals, you run the risk of pranksters making off with your wildlife. Phil and Suzie Santucci have experienced their share of wildlife abductions through the years, but on Sunday morning, they arrived at Vince's Sports Center in Ogletown, Delaware, and were devastated by what they saw.

The fiberglass pony that guards the fourth hole was gone, torn off at the hooves, reported Delawareonline.com.

"We can't purchase another one like that," said Suzie, who remembers ordering it with her mother-in-law nearly three decades ago, "and it wouldn't have the same sentimental value. It's priceless, it really is."

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"Priceless" might be stretching it, but that is a quality-looking fake horse by mini-golf standards.

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Through social media, newspapers, and word of mouth, the Santuccis pleaded for the thieves to return their beloved horse. They promised not to press charges unlike when a thief who stole a giraffe from the course a few years back was turned in by his neighbor and wound up going to jail. Yep, jail. Stealing fake animals from mini-golf courses is serious stuff, people!

The message found its intended target and it worked. On Wednesday, the Santuccis showed up to work and the horse (shouldn't it have a name?) was there leaning against a fence.

"We both cried," Suzie told Delawareonline.com. Tears of joy!

Here's a video of Phil talking about the horse and promising a day of free mini-golf (Woo!) as a thanks to customers who supported the family during this crisis.

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New England golf course shows support for Tom Brady by using all No. 12 flags

n Tuesday, Tom Brady met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to appeal his four-game suspension stemming from "Deflategate." But New England's fans have never wavered in their loyalty to the Patriots quarterback.

And now Foxboro Country Club is literally showing support for the four-time Super Bowl champ, reports New England's ABC6 News. In honor of Brady, all 18 of the course's holes have flags with the No. 12 -- Brady's uniform number.

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"We feel that this is a miscarriage of justice, way too much penalty for not enough crime, and we wanted to show our support for our hometown team," said club manager Matt Killilea, who gave credit to a few club members for coming up with the idea.

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Killilea also had this message for Brady: "We're behind you and you're welcome any time."

That's good news for Tom. Unless his appeal gets overturned, it looks like he'll have a few free Sundays in September.

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Approach shot dents cup liner, ends up wedged between liner and turf

A foursome was playing a casual low-ball match at Council Fire Golf Club in Chattanooga, Tenn. They all hit their tee shots on a par 3 when this happened. 



The ball came in with a little steam, at the perfect angle, and dented the cup liner, and ended up wedged between the liner and the green. 

We called up a local greenkeeper to ask what cups are made out of, and how this could've happened. He said that a lot of cups are made of aluminum and are covered with plastic. Some are even made of just plastic. The best cups you can get are made out of zinc. 

The part of the cup that was dented here, though, wasn't even part of a cup. It's a piece of plastic put in place to mimic white paint on the hole.  

Ultimately, the shot was ruled as a hole-in-one, because the entire ball ended up below the level of the green. 

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Every driving range should have an old car as a target

I made my grandma a few minutes late for mass on Sunday. But it was worth it. I was visiting her in Elmira, N.Y., and on our way to church, I saw a really cool driving range. Why so cool? Right in the middle of it, about 150 yards out, there's an old car that you can hit at. 

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I turned around to go check it out. It's pretty hilarious. An old car that hasn't had a prayer of running in years was towed right in the middle of the range. Everyone who comes to the range ends up being more concerned with adding a dent to the car than actually practicing. And I can see why: The sound of a ball hitting the car is pretty satisfying. 

Part of me thinks that the owners put this target out to deter golfers from trying to hit the range picker that gathers balls throughout the day. Sorry, guys, but no matter what you put out there, the ball picker is always going to be the most fun target. 

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What happens when your car gets hit by a golf ball?

There's a lot to be said for strategically parking your car at a golf course. If a hole runs along the parking lot, for example, you probably want to steer clear of spots right up against that hole to help prevent your car from getting hit. 

Reddit user ThirdeyeV2 found a photo of someone's car that was not parked strategically. From the looks of it, the ball went through the headlight covering and came to rest in the headlight. Ironically, the ball has an Allstate logo on it. 

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Obviously, first thought is that this photo was staged. Hopefully it's not, because it's hilarious. But, fake or not, it does open the question of what happens when your car gets hit by a golf ball, and what if the hack that hit your car doesn't leave a note?

According to an agent at Allstate, golf balls qualify under "fallen objects." So, if the guy whose car got hit was actually covered by Allstate, and had comprehensive coverage, he'd be covered. This coverage comes along with the use of his deductible.

Moral of the story: Don't park your car in a spot where you think it could get hit. And try your best to not be the guy that hits balls into parking lots.  

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Husband and wife make back-to-back aces on the same hole (Yes, this really happened)

Just when you think you've heard every possible hole-in-one story, a new one comes along more incredible than any you've heard. A husband and wife?! Back-to-back aces?! Yep, it happened.

The story of the Blundys comes from the Lansing State Journal, and seems legit thanks to a pair of witnesses who saw what went down on the 16th hole at Ledge Meadows Golf Course in Grand Ledge, Mich. on Sunday. Tony Blundy went first and one-hopped a 7-iron into the hole from 135 yards out.

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It was Tony's first hole-in-one, which matched his wife, Janet's, total. But apparently, Janet had no interest in staying tied with her husband. "You're going to be really mad when I put mine in," she said as she walked to the women's tee box. She then knocked in her pitching wedge from 110 yards.

In other words, Janet Blundy is the Babe Ruth of calling golf shots.

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The National Hole In One Association puts the odds of two amateurs in the same foursome making an ace on the same hole at 26 million-to-one. Simple math would make the odds of both players in a twosome doing it on a consecutive shot at least twice that. And as far as a husband-wife combo to pull off the feat? Let's just say it's pretty unlikely considering there doesn't seem to be another recorded instance of it happening.

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"It's surreal. I keep expecting to wake up and it's a dream," Janet said. "If I do, I'm gonna be mad."

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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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