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Brent Kelley

Fairway to Heaven? Cemetery Offers Burial On Golf Hole

By October 12, 2011

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Augusta National got Gary McCord banned from Masters broadcasts after McCord suggested, among other things, that there might be bodies buried under the sundry humps and bumps of Augusta.

Now, a Seattle-area funeral home and cemetery plans to literally bury deceased golfers under a golf course. Or a golf hole, anyway.

Sunset Hills Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Bellevue, Wash., has created the Memorial Golf Park, which Sunset Hills says is "the nation's first golf-themed memorial park."

If you're one of those people who is always dying to play golf, this might be for you. The Memorial Golf Park consists of one golf hole, complete with tee box, fairway, bunker and putting green.

Including both full-casket burial plots and cremation placements, 1,281 golfers can be buried on the hole. Or, to put it another way, 320 fourballs plus one single. That poor single. He's always going to be waiting, and always asking to play through. (No fivesomes allowed in heaven!)

The cup on the putting green is custom-made of bronze and provides access to an under-the-green ossuary. Which gives new meaning to the expression, "die in the hole."

Arne Swanson, Seattle region marketing director for Sunset Hills' corporate parent, came up with the idea after seeing the family of a cremated golfer spreading his ashes on a public golf course.

"In the ceremony I witnessed, the family of the golfer can't easily visit the eighth fairway of the public golf course on his or her birthday," Swanson said in a company news release. "My thought was that there were likely other golfers who would like to be memorized amid the surroundings of a verdant, peaceful golf course."

Finally, a buried lie golfers can be happy about.


October 13, 2011 at 8:11 am
(1) Karsten says:


I am Karsten from Germany. I am a chaplain and the founder of a golf ministry called “Ichtu’s – Christen im Golfsport” (Ichtu’s actually means “I do it” and is obviously related to the greek acronym ICHTHYS). What we mean by that is: Yes, I do golf with passion and yes, I do believe in Christ (and in Eternity).
My concern is that golfers come to know Jesus Christ, because here in Europe golf is still mainly a sport of the movers and shakers of society, e.g. rich and influential. These people often have no time to think beyond their funeral because the either work or play golf.
I am on the fairways to help them focus on Eternity. I guess it would be much more a help for golfers to be informed how they can spend Eternity “above” the hole of a golf course or funeral home than under it.
I think it is kind of macabre to try to make money with someones passion of golf. I recommen the books “The Mulligan” from Ken Blanchard and “7 days in Utopia” to focus on how to improve my game of golf and get back in touch with God.

October 13, 2011 at 7:12 pm
(2) Lynn says:

I so agree and love the way you point out the importance. Amen

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