Lightning Strikes Golf Hole at Tanilba Bay Golf Course

Tanilba's 12th Green after the lightning strike. Photo by Steve Tucker
Tanilba’s 12th Green after the lightning strike. Photo by Steve Tucker


HAVE you ever wondered what those orange plastic balls on the flagsticks of the golf course greens are for?

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Well, they indicate to golfers where the hole is placed. If the ball is up high on the stick, the cup is at the back of the green.

Lower down indicates it is nearer the front.

This helps golfers in their choice of clubs when approaching the green. The hole placement is changed regularly to even the wear and tear on the grass.

The one on the 12th green at Tanilba can’t be adjusted anymore because it is melted onto the flagstick.

Indeed, the pin is charred and the flag shredded.

The whole thing had to be replaced.

What’s more the entire green is now a spider’s web of burnt grass. Steve Tucker sent us this photo taken shortly after a violent thunderstorm had swept through Tilligerry recently.

The death of a golfer from a lightning strike at Hawk’s Nest some time back sent a dire warning for players to hasten off the course as a storm approaches.

Even our pool must be evacuated if a lightning flash is seen up to 30 seconds before a thunder clap. With sound travelling at 343 metres per second this buffer zone can extend to as far away as 10 km.

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