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Old 03-12-15, 04:33 AM
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Mind if I play through...?

For anyone who hasn't already seen it on the news. This is about 10 miles from us, not one of the courses we regularly play. We see gators in the 4-6' range on our favorite course:

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My kids were still young when I moved from fla. My oldest one asked me one day why in fla I wouldn't let them play in the woods [mostly swamp with gators] and now I didn't care. Just before I moved here I found out that gators can climb a chainlink fence [proved by a newspaper pic] and can run 35 mph

There was an article in yesterday's paper that our local bear population is up and be on the look out.
 
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This course is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, nothing but pine trees and swampy areas for a couple of miles in all directions. If you Google Earth "Myakka Pines Golf Club Inc, South River Road, Englewood, FL" you can get an idea of the area.
 
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One of many reasons I'll stick close to the 49th parallel north. I'd much rather get eaten by a big old grizzly than some ugly prehistoric looking thing.
 
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Sort of like playing through the course in Estes Park, CO. Gotta be tough.

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Baldwin, ya know this is probably one of the grizz's ancestors....Short-faced bear - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 6' at the shoulder on all fours 12' on hind legs and up to a ton???? Lord, talk about big!

And sorry, I'd rather take my chance with a gator than a bear. At least a gator will just grab you, drag you under and it's over pretty quick. Bears like to play too much I think.
 
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Which raises the PGA rules question: Does the rifle count toward the total number of clubs your allowed in your bag?
 
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Only if you use it as such Ray. Which in this case would be a bad idea. I think a 2 iron would work better anyway.

Probably falls under Rule 24 if you are brave enough.
 
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Ha ha, I've played at the course there in Estes when it's been like that Larry!

Hope they clip the nails on those gators... if they don't allow steel spikes, I bet they don't like gator foot prints either!

Nothing like a water hazard right off the edge of the green!
 
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I couldn't imagine putting after a 2000 cow (or group of cows and bulls)tramped on the green. They don't replace their divots and leave hazards all around
 
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I don't recall any dents on the greens (guess they don't like the short grass) but I do remember that you need an extra towel... for those hazards all around... if you know what I mean. Yuck!
 
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Lord, talk about big!
... the largest being 2,110 lb.
Yeah, that's a car. I may need a bigger gun, I don't think my 12 gauge Ithica would do more than just piss it off.
 
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Wonder if they have a lift & clean rule in effect at Estes.
 
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From what I understand from the locals "they were here first" rules apply. Makes me wonder just how long those 'gators have been around the course.
Golf is a weird sport to begin with. I don't play, so pardon my ignorance. In Peachtree City, GA, golf carts have the right of way over regular vehicle traffic as I am sure it is evident in a lot of golfing communities. Hitting a little ball 72 times and chasing after it just seems a bit much.
 
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72 times? Boy I wish!
 
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Old 03-13-15, 06:34 AM
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Ah, golf! Or FLOG" if you read backwards, which pretty much describes my style of play.

Can't take credit for another observation that I think I read in a golf magazine, but it was about the attraction of the game for duffers (like me). What it is, is that it's really the only game that you can watch on television (or live) and then go out and emulate yourself. Think about it. I'm really too old to be running up and down a basketball court and I'm never going to slam dunk. Ditto throwing a touchdown pass or running back a kickoff. Or hitting a home run. Or a header for the winning world cup goal. Or a slap shot from center ice. BUT I can (and have) chipped one in from 60', knocked one out of a bunker close enough for a tap-in, dropped a 30' putt in, hit to within 3' on a par 3, and made birdies (although not as many as I would like). I have also hooked one into a lake, chunked a chip shot, hit trees, taken two shots to get out of a bunker, and made quadruple bogey (just like Rory, Tiger, Phil, et al).

Any other golfers in this mind set out there?
 
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Hitting a little ball 72 times and chasing after it just seems a bit much.
I played 63 holes last Labor day... best day of my life, I do believe. (also broke my record low score for 18 consecutive holes!) How many swings total would that have been???
 
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252 at 4 strokes per hole. My shoulder aches thinking about that.
 
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The rifle does not count since it not a golf club.

Golf clubs work very well since large animals will just move away if you get near them (except some bears). The big challenge is geese that can be nasty.

I played a course that had a lot of Canadian geese and when you approached the the green by walking, we always carried 2 clubs (a putter and wedge for protection). Apparently, there was a case where a golfer killed a stubborn goose and killed it, but he supposedly got off from being charged with killing a protected species by pleading "self defense" (out of season). - They can be very aggressive. In my experience, deer are not too bad unless they are challenged during the rutting season.

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I'm more of a 5 hits per hole kind of guy... I'm happy if I shoot a 90... and that's not counting practice swings!
 
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I'm with you Dick. if you intrude on what they consider "their" territory, geese can be some aggressive critters.
 
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I don't play, so pardon my ignorance.
That's too bad, it can be extremely fun but aggravating at the same time.

Picture this: side hill with the ball about a foot above your feet...125 or so yards to the green....give it a mighty wack and away it goes....two bounces and on the green to 10 feet. Shot I'll never forget. Unfortunately, the guys I used to golf with are either dead or wish they were.

Yeah, you can hit 300 balls in the trees/water but you remember that one good shot and can't wait to go again.
 
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