Massive sinkhole devours part of Missouri golf course
Monday, May 25, 2015, 11:02 - Most golfers aren't fans of course hazards, but a 35-feet deep sinkhole is a bit beyond your average sand trap.
Workers at Top of the Rock golf course in Branson, Missouri, saw the ground give way at 6:30 a.m. Friday, between the practice driving range and a pond near the course entrance, according to KYTV.
By the time it was over, the course had a 80ft wide and 35ft deep hole, a bit larger than the holes envisioned by golfing great Jack Nicklaus, whom the BBC says designed the course.
KSN reports the region had had heavy rain recently, and says there may have been an underground cave beneath the area, although the exact cause won't be known until Missouri Department of Natural Resources staff who arrived Friday have completed their assessment.
In the meantime, it was business as usual for golfers on Friday, with no tee-off times cancelled so far.
Although no one was hurt in this event, sinkholes can be a real danger to lives and property when they open up unexpectedly.
In March, tourists aboard a tour bus managed to exit their vehicle before it was swallowed by a sinkhole, and then promptly spat back out. In November, an Australian woman had to be rescued after she fell into one while hanging up her laundry.
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