Characters & Critters

Crazy Chicken From Hell

No matter what the critter – a mother’s instinct is to protect her young. It certainly was for the enraged Ruffed Grouse Hen who built her nest behind the par 3 green at a wooded resort golf course.

In & Out

The volume on the bragging rights discussion had increased continually during the 3-hour drive up north to our annual men’s golf getaway.

Javelina In Heaven – A Hog Is Still A Hog!

Growing up in western Kansas our garbage man, “Slop” Johnson, used to come through the neighborhood three times a week and collect table scraps and garbage in a five gallon bucket.

Señor Alligator

Hector, the small, obviously poor, maintenance worker at Club De Golf Palma Real in Ixtapa, Mexico pulled his over-loaded cart up next to our cart in the middle of the 5th fairway

The Belligerent Bulldog

As we crested the small hill that makes the first hole semi-blind off the tee, only three balls came in to view. What??

Wile-E-Coyote, Home Sweet Home!

While working on my mid-iron game at a driving range with the Rocky Mountains in the background, the last thing I needed was another distraction to break my concentration.

Hazeltine Hound

In the morning dusk of Thursday, August 13th, 2009 on the grounds of Hazeltine National, the most frightened “Goose” won’t be Retief, the most harry presence won’t be Miguel Angel Jimenez, and the loudest growl won’t come from

The Roadrunner

Golf in the desert has created hundreds of oasis where wildlife flourishes and “snow birds” enjoy perfect golf conditions. The variety of critters that make their homes on

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