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WATCH: Ice and wind brings down 155-foot nets at Suite Shots in Fargo

The dramatic video was caught by Tyler Molacek, who was making a sales call around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Nov. 10.

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Ice buidup caused nets along Suite Shots Golf in south Fargo to come crashing to the ground Thursday, Nov. 10.
Contributed / Tyler Molacek
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FARGO — The ice buildup, mixed with the winds, has a new Fargo business in need of a mulligan.

The dramatic video was caught by Tyler Molacek, who was making a sales call around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon, Nov. 10.

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Ice buidup caused nets along Suite Shots Golf in south Fargo to come crashing to the ground Thursday, Nov. 10.
Contributed / Tyler Molacek

"Mother nature had its way," he said.

Molacek was able to shoot video of the 155-foot nets come crashing down, because he had his phone out to take a video of the what had already collapsed.

"Unbelievable, I didn't even think that was a possibility," he said.

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The owner of Suite Shots said it is.

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"The way they are engineered, there is a clip system to them, so when it gets a load, unfortunately with today's weather and the ice buildup, we knew there was a chance they could come down and unfortunately they did," said Chuck Johnson, co-owner of Suite Shots.

It's rare for this to happen.

Johnson said people have been calling the business all day informing them that their nets fell and asking if they are still open.

"Saw the poof of ice and snow fly," Johnson said describing what he saw. He was in the restaurant area and heard the collapse.

Suite Shots opened back in April.

A specialized crew from Wisconsin is on its way to pull the nets back up, hopefully by Sunday, with the damage likely covered by insurance.

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"There will be a boom lift and then with new clips pull them back up and reattach them," Johnson explained.

Some of the nets, however, did rip and will need to be replaced.

Suite Shots hopes they have enough on hand and if not, Johnson laughed and said they may ask the public "to aim to the right."

Suite Shots said the rest of the facility, the simulators, putting green and restaurant are open as usual.

Trouble with these nets isn't unheard of.

Back in May, a similar type of business in Sioux Falls called Great Shots, went through a big dust and wind storm that ripped the nets to shreds.

Great Shots has had to replace their nets twice since opening in 2019.

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