I was thinking back to some memorable run-ins I had with animals on the golf course. Since we are often one and the same with nature while we golf, we have all probably observed many different forms of wildlife but have you ever interacted with any during your game or had your game affected by the actions of an animal?
Here’s my three most memorable moments:
- Attacked by a Canadian goose. The cart path on the par-3 15th at my local muni runs fairly close to a pond guarding the front of the green. After hitting my tee shot, I was walking on the path and carrying my bag. Apparently I got too close to a nest with young goslings and the mother goose took exception. She came at me fully airborne and I managed to duck down and keep my bag between her and me. In the process of crouching, I pulled down the front of my bag and mamma goose slammed into the raised back end. Now golf is known as a leisurely game but I’ve never run as fast on the golf course as I did that day. Every time I walk by that lake, I pull an iron, just in case.
- Reptile run in. Hit my tee shot into the woods on the par-3 14th at Falls Road in Potomac, MD. I arrived at my ball and it was surrounded by a six foot snake. Took an unplayable lie.
- Ball in motion moved. Back at Falls Road on the par-4 13th, the greens keeper’s shed is set back several yards behind the green. I had a 40 foot putt and after striking the ball, the greens keeper’s black Labrador retriever came hauling down from the shed and snatched my ball mid-putt and ran off. He returned it a minute later, dropping it back on the green and covered with slobber. I’m not sure of the ruling on that one and actually forgot how I played it at the time; it was many years ago.
Have you had a Wild Kingdom moment?