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Thursday, July 17 2014, 11:16 PM MDT
Scuba diving for golf balls
(KUTV) You've heard the expression, 'it's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it'. Golf ball diving is a dirty job that no one's gotta do, but a couple brothers from Salt Lake City have made a pretty streamlined business out of it.
Thousands of balls find their way into course ponds and pools. Those balls would be left there to rot and decay if it wasn't for guys like Dennis and David Reese, who 'recycle' balls from several Utah courses, along with a few in Arizona, Idaho and Nevada.
On a good day, they can recover up to 3,000 golf balls in three hours. Once plucked from slimy, murky golf course water hazards, the brothers transport their loot to their 82 year-old mother's garage, where they clean, scrub and organize the balls into several different categories.
The good balls are either packaged and sold back to courses, or given away as payment for allowing the brothers to dive on their property.
"It's much less price than a brand new ball, so the golfer wins and the golf course can make a decent margin on it, so it's a good thing for everybody," says Dennis Reese.
Bad balls are boxed and sold wholesale, often to be used at driving ranges.
The Reese brothers admit it can be gross in some of the ponds they search for balls, most of which have zero visibility. "I try to use everything I can to feel those balls, you know because it's all strictly feel," says Dennis.

By: Chris Miller

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