VIDEO: Plane makes emergency landing during round at Torrey Pines
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VIDEO: Plane makes emergency landing during round at Torrey Pines

Golf courses make for great emergency runways for small planes -- that is, if people aren't playing the course when the plane lands.

Such was not the case on Tuesday when a bi-plane made an emergency landing on the fourth hole at Torrey Pines' North Course, which plays host to the PGA Tour's Farmers Insurance Open. The single-engine plane made the landing around 11:45 a.m., according to NBC San Diego.

“It started coming really low to the ground, and we had to scurry our carts out of the way,” said player and eyewitness Michael Fasel.

The plane and two passengers on board were not hurt, and the plane wasn't damaged. However, the plane has to veer to the left as it was coming to a stop to avoid falling into a canyon around which the fourth is designed. A tractor eventually came to tow the plane off the course.

Those few who had an up-close seat for the emergency landing didn't dwell on the experience for long.

“[Our playing partner] just hit his shot, and we watched [the plane] land and, ‘Wow, look at that,’" said Dustin Dinsmore. "And we just kept playing."

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