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Lightning strikes golf course, leaves behind 'impressive' design

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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nine holes make up Clear Creek Golf Center, but it's hole number five at the Shelbyville course that has an electric story, of sorts.

"The strike was right in this area and as you can see it branched out maybe 25 feet that way,” described Derrick Griffitts, the superintendent at the golf course.

Lightning hit the green sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

The intricate design left behind was tough to see Sunday on the wet course, but Griffitts took pictures showing the “stain” on the green that resembled tree branches or veins.

"I've seen trees fall on golf course greens, I've seen carts in lakes. I've seen all sorts of things but never the hand of Mother Nature coming down and striking the green,” said Griffitts.

Hole number five already provided the most holes-in-one, but for golfers it’s now more popular than ever.

“Everybody's like where's the green that got hit with lightning? They want to see if they can strike a little lightning themselves and get a hole-in-one,” said Griffitts.

As for the green, it will likely repair itself. Before long the grass will grow and the design will fade.

Griffitts hopes it will forever serve as a reminder of the power of Mother Nature.

"This is kind of a reinforcement to be safe when you're on a golf course, it can hit very close to the hole. Probably closer than most golfers can hit,” said Griffitts. "Mother Nature got really close to making a hole-in-one."

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