When you play golf, you must hit the fairway on every non-green stroke, otherwise you score will go up…and you might start a fire: Rough Shot Sparks Nevada Golf Course Fire.
RENO, Nev. (AP) – A golfer’s attempt to get out of the rough and back on the fairway started a grass fire that burned about 20 acres near a golf course, officials said.The golfer had knocked his ball into dry grass beyond the course on Monday afternoon, officials said. When he tried to play back to the fairway, his club struck something that created a spark.
That’s some mighty dry rough.
Can you imagine if this had happened during the recently completed US Open?
“Play was suspended at the US Open today when Tiger Woods, while playing a rare rough lie, created a flaming spark as he swung his 4-iron, igniting the dry grass around him.”
Back to the story:
About 50 firefighters responded to the blaze as it spread through tinder-dry grass, and engine trucks were brought in to protect nearby homes.
No buildings were damaged and no one was injured, officials said.
But what about the course?