It's amazing the incredible, and crazy, stuff you can stumble upon if you spend enough time on Twitter.
Check out this amazing shot of a sinkhole at Top of the Rock/Big Cedar Lodge in Branson, Missouri, that formed this morning:
The Champions Tour was there last month for a team event won by Billy Andrade and Joe Durant.
I showed the picture to a Champions Tour media official here at the Senior PGA Championship in French Lick, Ind.
He indicated the sinkhole looks to be on the driving range at the golf resort.
Either way, powerful stuff. This isn't the first time we've seen/heard of a golf course sinkhole.
Back in March of 2013, a sinkhole swallowed a golfer standing in the middle of the fairway on an Illinois course. That golfer escaped with minor injuries.
In January of this year, a sinkhole formed because of a drainpipe issue at Traigh Golf Course in Scotland.
UPDATE: The Associated Press dug into this story and found that the sinkhole is currently 80 feet wide and 35 feet deep in some places. Evidently, the big sinkhole was created by two separate sinkholes that formed near the entrance to Top of the Rock golf course near the resort town of Branson, Martin MacDonald, conservation director for Bass Pro Shops, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.
The sinkhole formed on the driving range and will not affect play, MacDonald told the AP.
The AP reports:
Geologists say such sinkholes are fairly common in the Ozarks because of its karst topography, a feature in which water is constantly circulating through bedrock below the ground. That's why the region has so many sinkholes and caves, including Lost Canyon Cave, an attraction at the Big Cedar complex, MacDonald said.
The initial focus Friday was ensuring the safety of the public and facilities, none of which were in danger, geological engineer Gary Pendergrass said. Next week, engineers will conduct a more in-depth investigation to determine the best way to replace the 7,000 cubic feet of material displaced by the hole, he said.
But before the hole is filled, it will be explored if there's anything to learn about karst topography.
"From the Top of the Rock perspective, it's not what you want to have," MacDonald said. "But we'll see if we've got anything unique down there."
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