As part of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a yearly, nine-day event, hot air balloons touched down on the Albuquerque, N.M., golf course. Staff anticipated seeing landings on the property due to the wind direction and worked to accommodate both balloonists and golfers.
Balloons and golf balls crossed paths when dozens of hot air balloons landed at Arroyo del Oso Golf Course on October 5, the Albuquerque (N.M.)-based KOB TV 4 reported.
The landing occurred on the first day of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a yearly, nine-day festival that sees around 750 hot air balloons.
“Like little tiny specs,” described young balloonist Jacob Thomas Wright of the city of Albuquerque. “The houses and the giant buildings more like two ants combined.”
Chase crews wound through the city course alongside golf carts, KOB TV 4 reported.
“There really wasn’t a box today so everything was kind of going north. And there wasn’t a lot of wind, we thought it was going to be a really windy up top but it turned out to be a really nice morning, we had a great flight,” said balloonist Don Martindell.
The golf course always expects one day of Balloon Fiesta where they see several landings on the course, KOB TV 4 reported.
“Usually when the wind comes out of the northwest we expect it so we just try to accommodate the balloonists and the golfers as well,” said Robert Duran, who works at the golf course.
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