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The quotes in that article are golden. So sensational 

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I don't doubt that it's a bit of a problem. That's a lot of golf balls in a place they don't really belong.

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9 minutes ago, iacas said:

I don't doubt that it's a bit of a problem. That's a lot of golf balls in a place they don't really belong.

Yes. This has been known for a while. There's a piece I read years ago in the NYT. When someone was searching for Nessie in Scotland, they found 100k golf balls, but alas, no Loch Ness monster. Here's the article:

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Lost golf balls are conspicuous evidence of the sport’s negative ecological impact. Meanwhile, finding and reselling them has become a lucrative...

Considering hundreds of millions of golf balls are sold every year in the US alone, all those lost balls go somewhere. Makes me want to buy used balls.

 

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People make a living retrieving water logged golf balls.  A couple of years ago we went to play at a course that has many holes around a big lake and a diver was coming up with an athletic bag full of golf balls.   He said his van was packed from top to bottom. 

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I believe long ago, passenger ships would allow passengers to hit balls into the ocean.  That doesn't occur anymore.

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Sometimes I’ll walk along the edge of a golf course near work and in the off season I can easily find 10-100 golf balls in the rough along just two or three fairways.

Sometimes I wonder why the EPA (or in Wisconsin the Dept. of Natural Resources) hasn’t mandated penalties for lost golf balls. Then I just assume that a lot of them must play golf too.

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