Hailstones make huge divots in green on Nebraska golf course

Hidden Valley Golf Club
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Hailstones the size of golf balls embedded themselves in this green at Hidden Valley Golf Club in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Monday.
By John Holmes

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 | 12:50 a.m.
Crazy weather is to be expected in the springtime, but Mother Nature seems to really have it in for golf courses this year. In the last couple weeks alone, we've seen several instances of flooding rains wreaking havoc on courses – including putting some prominent layouts in the Houston area underwater.
No doubt that damage was bad, but it appears the floodwaters have receded without causing too many long-term problems. But I'm sure the photos of the hail damage at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Monday felt like a gut punch to the golfers who play there.
Ironically – and I hate to use that word in this case – golf ball-sized hailstones pummeled the course with such fury that they literally embedded themselves in the rain-softened greens. Take a look at the photo – those are hailstones, not golf balls. As someone who worked on a golf course in my younger days, it hurts my stomach to see that.
In fact, this hailstorm ranks as one of the worst in Lincoln's history, according to KETV in Omaha, as hail – as big as tennis balls in some places – smashed car windshields and was so thick at times that it piled up like snowdrifts.
I didn't see any reports of other damage at Hidden Valley or other golf facilities in the Lincoln area, so hopefully everybody is safe up there and the grounds crew can get the layout back in playing shape sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Mother Nature, how about giving our beloved golf courses a little bit of a break?