Insane golfers play golf as the Kilauea volcano spews ash on Hawaii's Big Island
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Insane golfers play golf as the Kilauea volcano spews ash on Hawaii’s Big Island


Golfers are insane, and we've seen in the past there's pretty much no natural affliction that can stop them from playing golf. This week, the threat of a massive volcanic eruption didn't seem to bother golfers either.

Getty Images gathered images of sightseers at Volcano National Park on Hawaii's Big Island checking out the spewing ash plumes, reaching up to 12,000 feet in the air. Among those stopping for a quick glance? Golfers playing through at Volcano Golf Club, which is a par-72 course located inside the national park.

Volcano Golf Club is set about 4,000 feet above sea level, playing at the rim of the volcano. The course opened in 1921 and was designed by Dr. Jack Snyder. It's characterized as relatively flat from tee to green, with most tee boxes and greens perched.

Golfers on the Big Island can play Volcano Golf Club for around $60, which is a great deal considering the scenery and how expensive most everything is on Hawaii. However, with predictions of a potentially more dangerous series of volcanic activities predicted as the number of fissures in the ground around the volcano increases, it might be worth hanging on a little while before booking that tee time.

This is just the latest in a string of evidence proving golfers have no fear when it comes to making that tee time and not needing a raincheck.

Last year, a massive forest fire on the Washington-Oregon border didn't stop players from getting in an 18.

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