Characters & Critters

Tee Times Magazine’s Characters and Critters

Tee Times Magazine’s Characters and Critters, is a fun collection of articles covering individuals and our wildlife friends that inhabit our area golf courses. These are stories that will either bring and smile to your face or a tear to your eye. Please take some time to read and enjoy this wide diversity of interesting stories.

Roller Pigeon Save The Round

Roller Pigeon Save The Round

Just like every other morning, Willie drove his golf cart up the cart path toward the 1st tee just as the sun was rising. Since retirement, these best friends tee off almost every morning at first light.

Brian Harman

Brian Harman

The more you watch him you better you like him.  Brian Harman has moved into my top five golfers that I want to watch. Three play on LIV.

Crab Hole Battle

Crab Hole Battle

Hank was the top salesman at Cowboy Bob’s Auto Mart until the day that Sven showed-up. Both men were great salesmen and competitive by nature, they were the leading salesmen at Cowboy Bob’s month after month.

Kevin Unterreiner, Superman of Minnesota Golf

Kevin Unterreiner, Superman of Minnesota Golf

“I enjoy working with both sides of the golf businesses. Helping courses with marketing and consulting. And helping golfers play more golf, tee it up in fun events and discover new courses.”

BEAR SCAT

BEAR SCAT

The Member/Guest weekend had finally arrived for the annual Pine View Golf Club. Organizers of the highly anticipated event chose the weekend nearest the summer solstice, longest day of the year, to host the event.

Merrill “Dutch” Cragun, Jr.

Merrill “Dutch” Cragun, Jr.

During a recent interview with 91-year-old Dutch Cragun, I was entertained for three hours as he re-lived his fairytale life. Each new chapter came with colorful word pictures as only Dutch can paint them.

The Worlds Wildest Golf Course

The Worlds Wildest Golf Course

After reading a recent story about a giraffe encounter during a women’s professional tournament in South Africa, I began researching giraffe encounters on the golf course.  We have never done a story about giraffes.

Tiger’s Dominance!

Tiger’s Dominance!

The 2023 Masters proved to be no different – Tiger once again dominated.  Tiger proved that you do not have to win to dominate.  He dominated the attention of the patrons young and old. 

Bobcats At Vasari Country Club

Bobcats At Vasari Country Club

Remember those hot fudge sundaes when you were a kid?  When the soda fountain clerk presented that special treat, did you pluck the beautiful maraschino cherry on top and eat it first?  Or did you save that delicious cherry for the last exciting bite? 

Tommy Brantley

Tommy Brantley

With a wide smile, welcoming eyes and a handshake that says, “great to meet you” people are immediately drawn to Tommy Brantley, one of my favorite Florida golf buddies.

Rabbits On The Golf Course

Rabbits On The Golf Course

To say that I am an expert on rabbits would make me sound like a politician.  These days, nobody wants to sound like a politician – not even politicians!   

Harold Varner III

Harold Varner III

Who among these golfers is currently ranked # 39 in the World Golf Rankings, ahead of the other three: Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Harold Varner III or Phil Mickelson?