T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.
Meth lab discovered just off putting green at S.C. golf course
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013 | 4:15 p.m.
Believe us -- we're not making up a story here to convince the folks from the hit show Breaking Bad to come back for another season.
This, unfortunately, is real life. WBTW News 13 in South Carolina is reporting that Donaldson Golf Club in Greenville, S.C. was evacuated last Thursday after golfers found meth in a wooded area near the course.
Just off the golf cart path, close to the fourth green, Harold Alexander said he and his golfing buddy found some weed killer containers.
"He just thought it belonged to the clubhouse and they had been killing weeds," said Alexander.
They took the containers to the club house.
"The owner, he took the top off and he said it had a really vile smell, almost knocked the top of his head off, he said. So that's when he called the Sheriff's Department," said Alexander.
Greenville County's Hazardous Materials team, EMS and the Donaldson Fire Department rushed to the scene and evacuated the club.
Crime scene tape was put up around golf carts and trees at the 9-hole course that was originally built in the 1940s as a private golf recreation facility for officers of the United States Army Air Base, later called the Donaldson Center.
"It's okay, I didn't have a great round that first nine anyway. So I'm waiting to go back out and get a chance to get them back," said golfer Gerald Smith, who works at the club.
This story reminded us of another story from earlier this year when a meth lab was discovered at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa just outside of PGA Tour Headquarters.
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