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Golf Course Offers Cemetary Dedicated Exclusively to Golfers

As someone who loves to frustrate myself and continue playing a sport I will never be able to master, there are few things I enjoy more than a nice round of golf. However, that is the living Del. The deceased Del doesn’t want to subject himself to being around that kind of frustration for eternity. Needless to say I will not be picking out a plot at Sunset Hills Memorial Golf Park any time soon.

According to KOMO News in Washington, a cemetery in Bellevue, Wash. has devoted a section exclusively to die-hard golfers who want to be as close to golf as possible when they reach their final resting place.  At Sunset Hills, golfers can choose to be buried next to the green, under the green, next to a water hazard, and even have their cremated ashes scattered in a sand trap.  Creepy enough for you?

“So for golfers who spend a lot of time in the bunker — they’re free to spend eternity in the bunker at Sunset Hills,” Arnes Swanson, the brains behind the operation, explained.

I have heard of golf courses next to cemeteries, but never have I seen the two ideas combined.  Swanson said a family that he saw scattering the ashes of a loved one along one of the fairways inspired the idea.  Members of the PGA and LPGA have been invited to attend the official dedication of the cemetery next Tuesday.  Personally, this would be a little too “out there” for me to be a part of.

Golf clap to Off the Bench for sharing the strange story.

Four Golfers Notch Holes-in-One on Same Day at Plantation Golf Club

Unless you are on the PGA tour and play golf for a living, you will probably never experience the feeling of making a hole-in-one. Casual golfers like myself will almost certainly go their entire lives without achieving the rare feat. In fact, you will probably never even witness one unless you see it on TV like this one or this one. That’s what makes what happened at the Plantation Golf Club in Leesburg, Fla. on Tuesday so amazing.

Within a span of only five hours, four golfers somehow managed to accomplish the seemingly impossible for a casual player.  Don Starkey, Ron Kosits, Maynard Thompson, and Merlyn Wilson all registered holes-in-one — seriously.  Believe me, this story sounds nothing like the 15-year-old kid who keeps calling local newspapers around my hometown and telling them he got another hole-in-one.  By now I know a fake hole-in-one tale when I hear one, and this seems legit.

To put the feat into perspective, the National Hole-in-One Association (I had no idea that existed either) calculated the odds of four golfers getting a hole-in-one at the same course on the same day.  The results say something like that happens once every 260,000 days, or 712.33 years.  In other words, humans would be lucky to still exist as a species the next time something like this happens.

Man Throws Club and Hits Another Golfer, Gets Two Years in Jail

Unless you are the most level-headed casual golfer on the face of the planet, you have undoubtedly become enraged before during a round of golf.  People handle anger in different ways while out on the golf course.  Some swear while others scream.  Some slam the ground with their club while others throw their ball into the woods.  Then there are those who throw clubs, which is never a good idea.

An Australian man named Daniel Patrick Betts was recently sentenced to two years in prison after he threw his golf club in frustration and struck another golfer in the head, leaving him paralyzed.  As our friends at Sportress of Blogitude shared with us, via the Courier Mail,  Dane Parvianen was a member of Betts’ foursome and is now unable to work, read, or write.

While Betts deserves to go to prison and obviously needs to learn to control his anger, I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel sorry for him.  Throwing his club was an absolute bonehead move, but there’s no way he intended to hit one someone in the head with the it.  Sometimes emotions get the best of a person and they just react.  We have even seen it on the PGA Tour before.  This is just one of those freak accidents that is terrible for all those involved, but a reminder that bad things happen when you do dumb things.