OnlineGolf Roundup: News titbits from around the globe

There’s never a dull moment in the golfing world, so we thought we’d bring you a few of the more colourful stories making the rounds this morning to help ease you into the weekend…

US Open 2014: One week to go!

Next week will mark the 114th US Open Championship! The best players from around the world will make the long-awaited walk onto the Pinehurst green in the North Carolina sunshine to battle it out for the coveted title of US Open Champion.

The second major of the year, which is scheduled for June 12-15, will be played on the No.2 course; famous for hosting the US Open twice since 1999. The iconic par 72 green is a 7495 yard creation of Donald Ross, and will test the skill, determination and focus of all who enter the fray. Is should be a magnificent event!

Startling fact about pitch marks makes us want to repair all of them…now!

An image has emerged on Reddit’s golf feed showing a picture of a warning sign protruding from the ground at a golf course in the US. The sign in question was erected due to the apparent pitch mark problem plaguing their golf course. This is what the sign reads:

Did you know? The average number of ball marks made on greens per round is 8 per golfer. Assuming only 130 rounds are played each day on your course, your green receive 1,040 impressions daily…31,000 per month or more than 374, 400 per year. Are you wondering how to make a putt under these conditions? REPAIR YOUR PITCH MARKS.

Just imagine playing on a green with more than 374,000 unrepaired pitch marks? Yes, very scary. Luckily, we happen to stock a great range of pitch mark repair tools, so be sure to check them out.

Addicted to golf? Man in US steals $9,200 worth of golf equipment

Staying in America for a moment, a man in Washington has been arrested after police suspected he was taking $9,200 worth of clubs and other merchandise from the pro shop at Gold Mountain Golf Course. He had no criminal history, but appears to be addicted to golf. A police spokesperson said in a news release that robberies are often the result of addictions, but this is the first one police have seen “that looks like a golf addiction.”

Crocodile hazard on Australian golf course

Golfers in Australia are facing a rather unusual feature on their tropical links – crocodiles living in the courses lakes.

Reportedly there are two or three crocodiles of just over a metre (three feet) in length spotted recently at the Half Moon Bay Golf Course near Queensland state’s coastal city of Cairns. It is believed these scaly beauties have made the place their home.

"Ever since the course was formed in 1969 we've had crocs around the area," manager Greg Ferry told AFP Friday. "Crocodiles in far north Queensland are just a way of life."

Ferry explained that a “nasty” crocodile measuring about 2.6 metres long was removed a couple of years ago, but the present bunch are more of a novelty than a threat.

"They are more scared of us than we are of them at the moment," he said, adding that he had got to within about 30 metres (yards) of one before it darted back into the water.

"There's a few jokes around about whether it's another hazard or whether you've got to take a penalty drop."

The golf course has made a point of erecting signs to alert people of the crocodile’s presence. Ferry said the current crop of crocs may be moved elsewhere if they remain on the course once they have reached a more dangerous size. For now, however, golfers are simply warned to stay out of the water and respect the animal’s space.

Crocodiles are common in Australia’s tropical north, with an estimated population of the saltwater species hovering at over 150,000.