Lightning Damages Texas Golf Course Greens


If you are a Texan golfer you have no doubt heard about the lightning storm on Tuesday May 17th, which hit the 15th hole of Weeks Park Golf Club. The lightning hit the greens and has left a rather cool, but disturbing mark on the ground. The lightning strike reportedly took place sometime between 3:30 -4:00 in the morning. Thank goodness no one was out on the greens at the time, as the lightning strike would have been fatal. Unfortunately there is no safe place to hide from lightning out on the golf course greens, and the only safe place would be indoors.

So the next time you are out on the golf course greens and a storm hits –do not be stubborn. Go indoors! I know it is frustrating to have to put your game on hold, but your life really is at stake in this instance. In the event of a thunderstorm that can precede lightning, pack up your clubs and head indoors to the clubhouse. Hopefully your local golf club has a good on-site restaurant where you can enjoy a beer and a steak while the storm subsides. You will undoubtedly be highly annoyed with the situation, but not all is lost. As a golf enthusiast, you are probably a fan of some other sports too. Why not take advantage of some great betting offers online. Their app is available on the Apple app store. It has really never been more convenient to make sports bets from your mobile phone. With so many special offers giving you free bets, you really can make more bets for less money than you had bargained for. It may have started off as a bad day with your game being disrupted, but wouldn’t it be a serendipitous thing if you were to make some money at the end of the day?

Professionals suggest that even after a lightning storm has finished, you should wait at least thirty minutes before commencing any outdoor activities as a safety precaution. So while it may be tempting to rush back out on to the greens as soon as the lightning has stopped, be cautious! Also remember other weather safety tips and regulations that are designed to keep you safe. If you can hear thunder, it is possible that lightning is close enough to strike you, and you should go inside as soon as possible.

However, if you are outdoors on the greens and cannot get back to the clubhouse quickly for any reason, here are some last resort tips for avoiding lightning while outside. You need to make sure that you are not on any elevated ground; get to the lowest point of the golf course. Do not lie down on the greens, or try to find shelter under a lone tree, as this could be dangerous. In addition, make sure that you stay away from any bodies of water on the golf course, as well as any power lines or barbed wire fences that could conduct electricity.


By Alan Smithee


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