As a golfer, it's easy to spot a golf ball where it doesn't belong, unless it's your own. There have been countless times in my golf "career" I've misplaced a tee shot ever so slightly and have not been able to find it, this happens to the best of us. When I see a ball in a place is doesn't belong, I often wonder how it got there.
The inspiration for this article came as I was standing on the platform waiting for my train to New York City. I hate waiting and usually pace up and down the platform to exercise kill time until my train arrives. As luck would have it on this one particular day I spotted a golf ball, pictured above. I stood on the platform staring at it confused as to how a golf ball could have landed here. I've hit some errant tee shots but there isn't a golf course for miles.
This got me thinking about the other times I've seen golf balls where they didn't belong. It doesn't happen all the time but occasionally I'll find a golf ball in an odd place and it stays in my brain forever. I have also taken on the assumption other golfers have spotted golf balls in strange places and was hoping this would create some hilarious comments. Here are the five strangest places I have spotted golf balls:
5. In a Tree: This was on a golf course but I have only seen it once, a golf ball stuck in a tree. Every golfer has hit a tree and at some point said the words "I didn't see it come down". In this case, there was good reason. Some of you might be thinking it was your ball and I'll spare details other than to say it had the words Top Flite on it.
4. The Side Of The Road: This one might not be that strange but it always grabs my attention. I've seen it a couple of times and a few of them have been near golf courses so it makes sense. That being said, I still think it's odd when I see a ProV1 next to a Honda at a traffic light.
3. In The Ocean: I know what you're thinking, it's not that uncommon if you're at Pebble Beach or another seaside golf course. I have no argument there but on one vacation I discovered a golf ball while snorkeling on an island did not have golf. I'm sure it was placed by someone in good fun but it was still odd to see fish, seaweed, a small wreck and a golf ball.
2. On The Train Tracks: Yes, my inspiration for this article and the picture above. My guess is someone took the train to play golf and this managed to slip out of their bag and onto the track. It's not that exciting of a story but occasionally I get off at this stop and the ball is still there. Take that Hurricane Irene! The most frustrating part about this is I can't see what type of ball it is. I have considered buying a ball retriever and going after it but I fear I would get some odd looks for doing so.
1. In The Cup: In a world of match play and not wanting to hold up the group behind you, I can't tell you the number of times the words "It's Good" are said on the putting green. It's now become more common for people not to finish out than it is for us to hear the sound of the ball rattling around in the plastic.