Probably the most weird issues superintendents have witnessed at their golf programs


At Keystone Ranch, in Colorado, a truck gave new that means to “sand entice.”

Ann Paulisich

It’s been a riotously busy month in golf, with industry-shaking information a couple of Tour-Saudi merger, an upstart U.S. Open winner and a coyote chewing via a rope.

What’s that? You missed that final one?

It occurred early final week, in Las Vegas, the place video emerged of a mangy canine wreaking havoc at Solar Metropolis Summerlin’s Highland Falls Course. When superintendent Jake Scharmann posted the snippet on Twitter, it triggered the kind of viral stir usually reserved for photos of big alligators strolling throughout fairways.

Sure, that occurs, too.

Loads of loopy issues transpire on programs, except for shanks and whiffs and smother-hooks. Warthogs root up greens. Bald eagles interact in territorial battles. Gophers gnaw via drainage pipes.

And superintendents usually bear first-hand witness.

What’s coming subsequent, you by no means know.

Think about, for example, the unbelievable scene final November, at Western Lakes Golf Membership, in Pekawaukee, Wis., the place a aircraft carrying scores of rescue canines crash-landed on snow-covered floor between the second and third fairways. The drama was half Sully, half 101 Dalmatians, and superintendent Mike Bindl and his crew have been the primary responders. There have been three individuals on board. All of them survived. As did each pup, some with scratched-up snouts.

In unusual on-course incidents, wild animals are sometimes the protagonists. However human beings deliver loads of loopy, too. Semi-trucks again into greenside bunkers. (See the picture above; the driving force was making an attempt to show round after delivering furnishings to a close-by home.) Police chases spill throughout driving ranges. Disputes between gamers turn into boxing matches.

The tales will be humorous, unhappy, head-scratching, disgusting.

However don’t take our phrase for it. Earlier this 12 months, in Florida, on the annual Golf Course Superintendents Affiliation of America Convention and Commerce Present, requested supers to recount the oddest issues they’d seen on the course. 

Their solutions have been, effectively…you possibly can watch and hearken to them within the video above!

Josh Sens Contributor

A golf, meals and journey author, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Journal contributor since 2004 and now contributes throughout all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Finest American Sportswriting. He’s additionally the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Enjoyable But: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.


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