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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:


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:

Last night's lightening struck the flag stick on the 1st of Outeniqua. Not an everyday sight around here. pic.twitter.com/NflDPEd2dN

— Fancourt Golf (@FancourtGolf) May 20, 2014

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