Amazing image of a sinkhole that appeared on a Scottish golf course

Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick January 14, 2011 11:07

This is the amazing image of a 14-foot deep sinkhole that appeared on Traigh Golf Club’s course in Invernessshire in Scotland.


The sinkhole at Traigh Golf Club


Sinkholes are depressions in the ground caused by a collapse in the surface layer, and can be sudden and devastating.

While the sinkhole at Traigh led to no personal injuries, the club is now trying to find £16,000 in funding to have the broken drainpipe that caused it fixed and the hole filled in.

Only some of the costs will be met by the club’s insurer.

Course admin manager Bill Henderson, 70, said: “We had really bad weather and a lot of rain and the pipe just couldn’t take it.

“The sinkhole appeared and it was pretty big, about four metres wide and around 14 feet deep.

“We are hoping to get the repairs started but it won’t be cheap and any help would be good.

“It is a beautiful course but not much happens in the winter and we rely on passing trade in the summer as well as our own members.

“I’m hopeful we will get it fixed but any help would be great.”

Alec Stewart, a club spokesman, said the hole appeared in November but plans for repairs were still being put together.

He added: “We are passionate about the course and determined to keep it going.”

“It is such an important facility for all our friends in the golf club and for the many tourists who play it in the summer, even though it will take a lot of visitor rounds to get the cost back,” said one of the owners, David Shaw Stewart.

“But we find once people have played here they always want to come back, there can be very few golfing experiences anywhere in the world to compare with teeing off on the ninth towards Eigg on a golden summer day.”

In March 2013,  an 18-foot deep sinkhole on a course in the US swallowed a golfer who was walking down the middle of a fairway.

He was later pulled out of the hole after a 20-minute rescue mission.


Seamus Rotherick
By Seamus Rotherick January 14, 2011 11:07
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