Golfer Swing Sets California Ablaze

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How many golfers would like the opportunity to tell their friends they set the course on fire?
Well, this poor schmuck actually did! Think of all the jokes that are going to be generated around this unfortunate happening. If you think you can come up with one - by all means post it!


You can use a golf club for all kinds of non-golfy purposes -- walking stick, fishing rod, club, to name three. And now we can add to that list -- firestarter.
Over the weekend, a golfer's routine swing in the rough at the Shady Canyon Golf Course in Irvine, Calif., struck a rock. Not so different from the way you play, right? Only this time, the impact caused a spark, and the spark set off a blaze that eventually covered 25 acres, according to the Steven Buck, General Manager of Shady Canyon Golf Course, and required the efforts of 150 Orange County firefighters, writes the Associated Press.
Wow. And I felt bad the time I shanked a ball through the window of a house too close to the fairway. That was nothing compared to this!
The golfer's name is being withheld, which is probably for the best, and no charges are going to be filed. Fortunately, it all could have been much worse. As it was, the blaze required both helicopters and on-the-ground crews.
The conditions were ripe for a blaze, with dry brush from a recent heat wave just waiting for the right spark. Like, say, one caused by metal on rock.
And now, your turn. This is going to inspire a raft of bad Sportscenter-esque "When we say he set the course on fire, he really set the course on fire!" jokes. So let's get ahead of the curve. Best bad golf-and-fire-related pun in the comments wins a round of applause. Go!

Golfer's swing sparks 25-acre California blaze - Devil Ball Golf - Golf
 
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Wow! I sent that link to my son, the golfer. In Charlotte, NC there is a golf course that was built over an old dump. From the ground up the course looks pretty nice and became pretty popular. One day a golfer reached into the cup to retrieve his ball and the ground exploded. The guy was smoking and methane gas was coming from the hole.
 

Mertex

Former Staff
Dec 2009
15,334
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Texas
Wow! I sent that link to my son, the golfer. In Charlotte, NC there is a golf course that was built over an old dump. From the ground up the course looks pretty nice and became pretty popular. One day a golfer reached into the cup to retrieve his ball and the ground exploded. The guy was smoking and methane gas was coming from the hole.
Yikes, that was not a way to end a golf game!