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Lost your golf balls
We may of found them. Stop looking
in the bottom of your golf bag, the trunk of your car or your wife’s purse. Check out the father and son team of Philip and Pierre Birtz. Two guys who have balls. We started retrieving balls in 1990. Pierre Birtz Ret. Navy seal was handed the Mask and snorkel from Bill Sutherland (Fat Rat)retiered Navy Seal . Philip Birtz was amazed at the amount of balls your could get in a couple of hours. Pierre and Philip used the extra money to take ski vacations to Brekenridge , Colorado.
We started selling balls on EBay and to local golf course. We now have a website wegotgolfballs.com . We can ship golf balls to your front door. Check out the website or call 757 343 3729 our email address is philip@wegotgolfballs.com . We would like to dive your lakes at your golf course.

 

 

 

 

 

We are a family owned business, a father and son team. Pierre Birtz retired Navy Seal taught me, Philip Birtz, what I needed to know about diving for golf balls. We started off for fun and vacation money, but over the years, with hard work and providing outstanding service to our customers we were able to turn our hobby into a successful small business.

 

 

 


About Golf Divers

When most people think of professional divers, their minds
travel to the seven seas and fill with images of Jacques Cousteau. But such exotic scenes have nothing to do with the kind of diving golf ball divers do. For  years, divers have plumbed the murky, polluted water traps of  golf courses, collecting thousands of the 2.5 billion balls golfers lose each year.

To some lost golf balls are little more than trash. But to a competitive group of ball retrieval firms, it’s a business. Large golf ball resale companies buy balls from golf ball divers by the thousand and then clean and repackage them to be sold at discount stores like Wal-Mart and Kmart. Smaller outfits, sell used balls over eBay and ship them in bulk to Europe. At the local level, golf ball divers may sell balls back to the course where they found them for resale in the course’s pro shop, but the resale companies rely on a largely independent workforce of freelance divers who travel wherever warm weather and individual whim take them.

For divers, traveling to exotic courses isn’t exactly vacation activity. While the greens are lush and well manicured, water traps are clogged with overgrown plants, pointy branches, and pesticide runoff. In murky waters—even very shallow ones—divers can be overcome by total darkness, unable to see their scuba gauges to see how much air they have left. There’s no running tally of golf-ball-diving-related deaths, but some say there may be of at least one or two each year. It’s not uncommon for divers to get bitten by alligators or tangled in weeds at the bottom of a water trap and run out of oxygen just as they


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