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A problem with balls

November 12, 2009

Mike O’Brien and his team sent remote cameras to the bottom of Loch Ness hoping to catch a glimpse of the famous monster said to inhabit this Scottish lake. What they found was a monstrous amount of golf balls.

– There’s lots of debris down there but the thing we found most interesting is that there’s literally a coating of golf balls, O’Brien told the Scottish Sun.

– We’re not sure if Nessie is alive, but there’s certainly a lot of plastic, it’s a shame really, he added.

The whole affair would have been rather comical, if it wasn’t for the fact that golf balls can be quite harmful to the environment. According to CNN, a number of tests devised by the Danish Golf Association has shown that it takes a golf ball 100 to 1000 years to decompose naturally. Furthermore, when the balls do dissolve,  the synthetic rubber filling releases a high quantity of  zinc.  When submerged in water, the zinc attaches itself to the ground sediment, poisoning the surrounding flora and fauna. With players losing or discarding 300 million balls every year – in the US alone – the small plastic balls have become a big problem.

A spoiled walk

Mark Twain once said that golf is a good walk spoiled. Although I completely agree with him,  a large amount of people all over the world do not. Ever since man first picked up a stick, people have enjoyed knocking things around with clubs, and there is no evidence suggesting that we will stop anytime soon. If you belong to the group of people who prefer to bring a club along for your walks, UK lawmaker Patrick Harvie has some advise for you:

– Keep your balls on the fairway or invest in a stock of biodegradable balls.

In other words, keep on the straight and narrow and don’t leave your balls out in the open!

Photo: Marianne Venegoni/ Morguefile

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