7 November 2013

Now that is what I call a divot! An unusual hazard on a golf course in Switzerland

Posted by dr-dave

I missed this story at the time, but it is worth highlighting here.  Back in early August, golfers at the Matterhorn Golf Club in Taesch, Switzerland faced a slightly unusual hazard when a boulder fell from an adjacent mountain to land on one of the greens.  The oobgolf.com website has the best set of images, from which these are taken:

Golf

http://www.oobgolf.com/content/fore+play/1-7099-TwoMeterTall_Rock_Falls_Creates_New_Bunker_on_Swiss_Golf_Course.html

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Golf

http://www.oobgolf.com/content/fore+play/1-7099-TwoMeterTall_Rock_Falls_Creates_New_Bunker_on_Swiss_Golf_Course.html

In the comments below the article, several people are confused about how it ended up in the middle of the green.  I would suspect that the boulder was both bouncing and rotating – in this case the tabular shape of the rock would create a very stable motion (a bit like a wheel bouncing down a slope).  This would also be why the crater has that elongated shape, and why the boulder has bounced out of it.