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Apple Tree Golf Course Takes Thunderstorms Seriously

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Yakima, WASH - Most people will go inside during a thunderstorm.  Some golfers in Yakima Friday morning were caught outdoors when lightning rolled through.  The Apple Tree Golf Course Staff says they don't mess around when the weather gets bad.

They will frequently check the weather radar. If they see lightning less than five miles away they will sound an air horn to bring all the golfers in.  Friday, when thunderstorms came through the area, people had to stay off the course for 25 minutes.  The staff knows it is better to be safe than sorry.

"It happens all the time and we take it very seriously, so you don't get a second chance when you make a mistake and don't call it," says Cindy MacNider, a golf pro at Apple Tree.

During the afternoon,  the skies cleared up nicely and some players returned to the course. 

The staff says when lightning is in the area all they can do is warn golfers.  It is ultimately up to them if they want to stay out in the course during a thunderstorm.