Mother Nature must not be a golfer.
Straight line winds Tuesday night were blamed for extensive damage to trees and buildings at the Peoria Ridge Golf Course, located east of Miami.
The south end of Peoria Ridge Golf Course suffered extensive tree damage on holes 4, 5, 6 and 8 as well as at the entrance. Also, the maintenance barn was damaged.
“It will take a while to get it cleaned up,” said Peoria Ridge pro Keith Neel, who said power was off at the course most of the day due to a downed KAMO transmission line.
Craig Sullivan of the National Weather Service said the damage was caused by straight line winds.
“There was a really strong storm move through there - a warning was issued about 8:18 p.m.,” Sullivan said. “We received a lot of reports from all around northeast Oklahoma. We did get a report of an estimated 60 mph gust up in the eastern part of the county around Peoria.”
There were reports of scattered damage around the area, with Baxter Springs, Kan., the hardest hit.
“We've been trying to clear the front 9 so we can open it back up,” course superintendent Milton Hale said. “There was a little damage on the No. 4 green from trees blowing across it. The damage on 5, 6 and 8 was mostly trees. Some was down on the fences and across cart paths.”
A complete damage estimate won't be available for several days, according to officials with the Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma, which owns the course, located 3 miles east of Miami.