In astronomy, globular clusters are groups of densely grouped, red stars. In golf, globular clusters are groups of lost golf balls. These golf balls are rarely red, sometimes orange, and usually white. Their regulation sizes are 1.680 inches (diameters) or less, and their regulation weights are 1.620 inches or less. Every, Chicago-land golf course has its areas of globular clusters.
The main, globular cluster area for Jackson Park Golf Course (Jackson Park Golf Course is at 6401 S. Richards Drive in Chicago, Ill.) is the pond that crosses the 11th hole. This hole is a short, par four, and 267 yards from the rear teeing ground. Most golfers will contend with this pond when hitting their second shots: golf balls with low trajectories, golf balls hit into the wind, and golf balls weakly or not fully contacted will land in the pond or on its banks.
The main, globular cluster area for Edgebrook Golf Course (Edgebrook Golf Course is at 6100-B. Central Avenue in Chicago, Ill.) is the 10th hole. This hole is par three and160 yards from the mat that makes up the teeing ground. The putting green is downhill, and appears deceptively easy on which to land golf balls. However, many golfers create globular clusters by flying their balls to the right and into the rough that is to the right of the putting green. This hole also has a water hazard that comes into play about 50 yards from the teeing ground. Globular clusters are in the water and along this hazard’s banks.
The main, globular cluster area for Joe Louis “The Champ” Golf Course (Joe Louis Golf Course is at 13100 S. Halsted Street in Riverdale, Ill.) is the eighth hole. This hole is par three and 158 yards from the rear, blue teeing ground. The lateral water hazard along the right side becomes a globular cluster area when golfers do not drive their balls strongly enough or hit them off-center.
Except for the rough area on the 10th hole at Edgebrook Golf Course, golfers will usually be unable or unwilling (The balls will be in the middle of the ponds or in the mud among geese droppings.) to recover their golf balls that land in the globular cluster areas. However, almost certainly, some, golf course, maintenance personnel periodically disturb these globular clusters to retrieve golf balls, which they sell in the pro shops as used.