Heavy rain creates golf course sinkhole in Lenexa - KCTV5 News

Heavy rain creates golf course sinkhole in Lenexa

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Chopper5 flew over the golf course located at 18145 W. 87th St Pkwy. after the fairway collapsed Friday. Chopper5 flew over the golf course located at 18145 W. 87th St Pkwy. after the fairway collapsed Friday.
LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -

There is a new kind of golf hazard on a Lenexa course, and this one isn't man-made - a massive sinkhole.

And it's not the only one in Kansas City that has sprung up due to the heavy rains.

Doug North and Tim Hickert came out to Canyon Farms Golf Club on Monday to play a round of golf with friends. What they didn't expect, was to be greeted by KCTV5 News in the parking lot and shown a picture of the 13th fairway.

"Oh my!" North said.

Chopper5 flew over the golf course located at 18145 W. 87th St Pkwy. after the fairway collapsed Friday.

According to the company's website, part of the course runs through what was once an open pit quarry, which StormTrack5 meteorologist Gary Amble says could be the reason for the collapse.

"We had a cave and the roof essentially over the top of the cave became so burdened with moisture and so heavy, that it just collapsed in on itself," Amble said.

There's no word on how long it may take to fix the sinkhole. So, in the meantime, golfers say they'll just have fun with it.

"Well, I think we finally found a hole big enough where I can finally make a putt maybe," North joked.

Golf course management says the area has been fenced off for safety until repairs can be made. A geologist has already been out to survey the damage.

A road on 136h Street near Excelsior Springs has been shut down due to a sinkhole. In Smithville, the city's main street is closed due to a sinkhole. Motorists are urged to use caution when driving through heavy rains.

KCTV5's Jamie Oberg and DeAnn Smith contributed to this report.

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