You could be standing over a sinkhole at any time, at any place on a golf course, without having any clue of the danger. An unseen, unanticipated danger - until the ground opens up beneath you!
And, really, what's the ruling?
You might think this is in jest, but a golfer last week in Illinois was, in fact, swallowed by a sinkhole! It happened on a golf course in Waterloo, Illinois:
It sure wasn’t the hole-in-one Mark Mihal had in mind.
While golfing with friends at the Annbriar Golf Course near here Friday, Mihal, 43, a mortgage broker from Creve Coeur, abruptly dropped into the ground on the fairway of the 14th hole. It was the first time a person — and not a ball — has disappeared beneath the turf in the course’s 20-year history.
... “I was standing in the middle of the fairway,” Mihal said Monday. “Then, all of a sudden, before I knew it, I was underground.”
Mihal slipped through the small caved-in opening and dropped 18 feet in a space about 10 feet across. Rescuers quickly arrived and managed to hoist him out with a rope. He managed to escape with a separated shoulder and an amazing story.