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Breezy Point

Local Golf
August 17, 2017


Everyone knows that the Canadian Rockies offer some of the finest unspoiled wilderness found anywhere on earth. The endless array of rugged mountain peaks that are forced continually upward by the collision of tectonic plates and accented by glistening centuries old glaciers. Witnessing this spectacle makes time stand still. Man has invaded this wilderness paradise, but only as a visitor. Mother Nature and her creatures are still in firm command!

Seeking the experience to cuddle with Mother Nature in her naked beauty, holiday travelers from all points of the globe, during both summer and winter, make the trip to Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in British Columbia, Canada. Located about an hour southwest of Banff, Hot Springs Resort offers visitors the combination of natural mineral hot springs spa, excellent Rocky Mountain skiing and 36 holes of championship golf.

On a sunny fall day in 2014 the CEO of Hot Springs Resort and an employee/friend were enjoying the challenges of a round of golf on the Mountain Side Golf Course. After a nice approach shot to the seventh green the employee said to his boss, "Look! There is a family of bears on the green. There's the mother bear and three young cubs."

As the golfers carefully approached the green, one of the cubs, the young male, entertained the two golfers with a pole dance, using the flagpole as a prop. The ballet bear seemed to have rehearsed his various moves as he rhythmically danced around the fiberglass flagstick. Maintaining the same tension, to keep the pole bent at the same angle, he circled the cup first to the left then back to the right. The bears seemed totally unconcerned as his human audience made a video recording of the entire scene. During the video the golfers did a running commentary of the event, much like a veteran sportscaster. The young male bear entertained himself for several minutes as the golfers were forced to wait for the bears to vacate the green. As a final gesture, to prove that Mother Nature is really in charge of this wilderness oasis, the mischievous cub walked over to the CEO's golf ball and gently picked it up with his still baby teeth and walked off the green with it.

This pole dancing bear incident has been viewed thousands of times on YouTube. But with every repeat performance, the bear dances flawlessly in a perfect rhythm.

This family of bears still makes their home near the resort. They are often seen on the golf course and around the ski slopes doing what young curious bears do. The golf course rangers and maintenance workers know each member of this bear family and understand their unique personalities. The pole dancing young male continues to enjoy himself in a showoff role while he entertains golfers and skiers alike.

One of the favorite tricks of this bruin family is to crawl up the large tree adjacent to the 10th tee. From their perch above the tree, they control the pace of play because no one is allowed on the tee with the bears so close.

The same young mischevious male bear has been observed on several occasions using the rolls of snow fencing, that are stored for the summer, as a combination skate board and log. The agility of this young bear as he rocks the log of fencing has been a source of entertainment for the employees who have worked at the resort for the past several years.

Bears may look clumsy and slow but this young bear and his siblings have proven to everyone skier and golf alike that Mother Nature and her bears rule the mountains around Fairmont Hot Springs Resort.

Must Watch Video: http://www.chonday.com/Videos/baybearcigolf2

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