TAKE AIM ON THE 16TH TEE BOX at Scotland Run Golf Club, and you won’t believe your eyes. One look down the fairway and a golfer’s focus will have no choice
but to be immediately diverted. Nestled
in the vast bunker area to the right sits a
grounded, vintage airplane spreading its
wings for all to see.
“It’s the most talked about part of the golf-
ing experience here. Whenever someone plays
here for the first time, we always get questions
about it since it’s obviously pretty unique,”
said general manager Nick Borro. “When
someone thinks about Scotland Run, I think
that’s what comes to mind.”
So, how did an airplane find its way deep
into the club’s vast bunker?
The club’s owner at the time, Chip Ottinger,
Sr., who died in 2015, was a passionate pilot.
He was a frequent flyer out of Cross Keys
Airport, which stands just steps away from
Scotland Run’s front door. The avid traveler
decided to bring over an airplane from Cross
Keys and placed it in its new home. From
there, the legend took flight.
Nowadays, the plane has become an
unofficial Scotland Run symbol … and
target. It’s not uncommon to find golf balls
sprinkled around the aircraft after a “closest
to the plane” contest. Dented aircraft means a
profitable wager for those successful.
“We’ve had outings in the past where that’s
been the equivalent to a closet to the pin
contest, and people seem to love it. I’m happy
people do it, even though the superintendent
may not love short-iron divots on a par- 4 tee
box,” said Borro. “If the pace isn’t an issue,
we think it’s a fun little aspect of our course.”
It’s not just the plane that catches interest
from those traversing the track. Adding to
Scotland Run’s interesting allure is aban-
doned, scattered excavating equipment. A
towering crane, bucket shovels and the frame
of an old road grater all remain in Scotland
Run’s dunes. Old mining areas have been
converted into dramatic cliffs that challenge
even the best golf games.
Construction at Scotland Run began in
1998 with architect Stephen Kay at the helm.
He says they knew from the get-go that the
unique equipment would stay due to the
“The course itself was originally a sand and
gravel mine for the asphalt company next door,
and when they were completed with it, it was
time to build a golf course on it,” said Kay.
“The equipment, to me, is the historic part
because it’s always been there. It’s nostalgic
and ties the course back to its mining origins.”
With reminders remaining on hand, Scotland
Run’s historical uniqueness will continue to fly
high in the eyes of the region’s golfers. m
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This unique obstruction
faces visitors teeing off on
Scotland Run’s 16th hole.