"It was one of the strangest sights I have ever seen," golfer Mark Denton said.
The players thought something was strange when the single-engine plane kept slowly circling above them.
“I thought someone was taking a lesson,” Denton said.
But when he and his group got further along they were told the 17th hole was closed. Denton told Cincinnatti.com he asked if someone had torn up the green, and the club pro answered quickly. “No, a little worse than that, there is an airplane on the green.”
Both the pilot and passenger walked away from the crash leaving Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Nelson Holden amazed at how the situation was handled.
“He just followed his training and did what he needed to do. He told me he wasn't shaken up at all."
The unnamed pilot told Holden the plan’s engine stopped shortly after take-off. When it wouldn’t re-start there was no choice but to land on the country club near Batavia, Ohio.
"He came over the tip of the trees at the end of the fairway and started on down the fairway," Nelson noted. "It then came to a coast onto the green."
The 17th green was empty when the plane sat down, but David Acree‘s backyard faces the area.
Acree said he never heard a thing.
"My neighbor to the left of me said his boy was out playing, went in for a drink of water and came back out and there was the plane."