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Coeur d’Alene Resort seeks diver to retrieve lake bed golf balls

Golfers putt in on the immaculate floating green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course on June 17, 2006. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Associated Press

COEUR D’ALENE – The Coeur d’Alene Resort estimates that some 30,000 golf balls have accumulated on a lake bed over the last several years near a floating green that is an elusive target for many golfers.

Resort officials told KREM-TV that the resort hasn’t been able to come to terms with local divers to retrieve the balls in Lake Coeur d’Alene. Divers pay to collect the balls and then sell them.

Diver Mike Holbart doesn’t retrieve golf balls but performs underwater maintenance on the floating green. He said there are banks of golf balls lined up by the hundreds.

The 14th hole is a par-3 with a floating green that can be moved on cables. From standard tees, the hole is about 150 yards long.