The challenge of the 13th hole at Lenexa’s Canyon Farms Golf Course is usually the approach shot.
The wide, bunkerless fairway is generally forgiving to errant drives, but a moat-like creek and twin sand pits guard the green.
That balance has been upset by a 10-foot deep sinkhole that opened up on the fairway’s left side June 19.
Maintenance staff discovered the 13th’s newest hazard, which sits atop a weak point in the roof of a largely stable, “nonoperating” limestone mine, according to a news release.
Course operators think excessive groundwater from a wet spring contributed to the collapse of the mine roof.
But that hasn’t stopped players from working on their fairway game. Tees have been moved up 150 yards, creating a temporary par 3 while the fenced-off sinkhole is filled.
Dustin Newman, the course’s general manager, said the 13th hole should be back to normal by the end of the week.