Traigh Golf Club has a new, unwanted bunker on its property.
Thanks to a drainpipe failure in November 2014, a 14-foot sinkhole recently formed on the Scottish course just in front of the seventh green. Sinkholes happen when the surface layer collapses in on itself, creating a huge hole, often suddenly.
The club estimates repairs to the drainpipe and filling in the sinkhole will cost about $30,000 -- money the club doesn't have. Insurance will only cover a percentage of the repairs, according to Golf Club Management.
Club spokesman Alec Stewart said, “Without repairing this pipe about half of the golf course will revert to bog and this would effectively be the end of our golf course."
Located in the northwest part of the country near Arisaig, Traigh is the only golf course for some 50 km.