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Beyond the Birdie… 7 of the Strangest Animals Ever Found on a Golf Course

beyond-the-birdieBaboons, and gators, and bears… oh, my! Animals don’t seem to understand the concept of “members only” and tend to wander onto the fairways and greens of their local golf course from time to time. These are some of the more notable ones we’ve found.

 

 

 

 

In September of 2014, four bears decided to unwind a bit on the back nine of Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. While they held up play for a bit, their charm definitely compensated for the wait.
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Eagle on the 12th hole! North Bellingham Golf Course in Bellingham, WA had some excitement in October of 2014 when an eagle landed on the 12th hole and decided to stay for a bit. She did eventually leave, but not before adopting a new “egg”.

Eagle on the 12th hole

Eagle on the 12th hole

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The St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida was visited by a Florida bobcat in November of 2014. While they are very rarely seen out during the day, he seemingly took “public golf course” to a whole new level.

Bobcat on St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida

Bobcat on St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luke Donald nearly ran off the course at the Nedbank Challenge, when a baboon ran down the fairway. Whomever said golf isn’t a dangerous sport has clearly never come face-to-face with a baboon in the middle of a match.

Baboon on a fairway in South Africa

Baboon on a fairway in South Africa

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Now this is teamwork! At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April, PGA Tour player John Peterson gave a very dangerous assist to playing partner James Driscoll, pushing an alligator into a pond so Driscoll could play his approach shot. John Peterson even has his own “Tips for dealing with gators on the golf course” article!

John Peterson calmly pushes an alligator back into the water.

John Peterson calmly pushes an alligator back into the water.

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And who’s not afraid of a tiny frog… or a hundred? Well, Peter Uihlein certainly IS, as demonstrated in this video of his tiny vicious frog attack ordeal.

Amphibian attack

Amphibian attack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An elk with impressive antlers watches golfers on the Stewart Creek Golf Club in the Canadian Rockies.

An elk at the Stewart Creek Golf Club in the Canadian Rockies.

An elk at the Stewart Creek Golf Club in the Canadian Rockies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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