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.

Eagles And Coyotes

Eagles And Coyotes

Willie, the newly retired drinker, was designated chauffeur for the 8-hour trip to the Badlands. 

Fox Squirrels Love Snickers Bars

Fox Squirrels Love Snickers Bars

The observation of a “sweet freak golfer” and a candy bar thief disguised as a huge squirrel requires a whole new chapter in my mental photo album from the golf course. 

DICK BENNETT

DICK BENNETT

How did Dick Bennett, from Greenhaven Golf Course, become the only person with a public golf background to serve as a member of the prestigious USGA Executive Committee?

Tom & Jerry

Tom & Jerry

As a human being, I feel fortunate to have lived through a transitional period in history. It may never be equaled.

Bubba’s Back To Back 62 – 61

Bubba’s Back To Back 62 – 61

As we all know golf is full of characters. This story illustrates the life-path difference of two really fine players who participated in the same Mini Tour Event in 2003. 

THE BUG THAT SAVED GOLF CONTINUED…

THE BUG THAT SAVED GOLF CONTINUED…

In late March, while self-quarantined in my Florida condo, I visualized how the golf industry could actually benefit from the work-from-home mania created by COVID-19. As I wrote the first “Bug That Saved Golf” story for Tee Times, I assumed that in a few short months the whole China Virus Thing would be… only a memory.

Larry “The Axe” Hennig

Larry “The Axe” Hennig

I vaguely remember Dick shouting, “Larry turn him loose!” In the early 80’s I became friends with a good golfer who loved to play golf for money, drink Tanqueray and Tonic and knew people from every walk of life.

Golf In The Wine Country

Golf In The Wine Country

Not the familiar beeping of my alarm clock… the wake-up call was an exotic, but not totally unfamiliar, barking sound. My eyes fluttered open darting around the room searching… searching for something familiar.

The Bug That Saved Golf

The Bug That Saved Golf

Remember the last golf boom? The last golf boom was spawned by a mixed-race kid named TIGER. Let that sink in. Who would believe that the demon virus BUG, COVID-19, will prove to be a much needed shot in the arm for the golf industry?

Leopard Frog

Leopard Frog

The (Old) Geezers have been friends since childhood. The Geezers were raised on large wheat farms in western Kansas and became friends and competitors playing high school football and basketball. As teenagers they learned to shoot pool at the local pool hall/bar/filling station. During their college years the Geezers learned to gamble playing golf and poker.

Caddies For The Twins

Caddies For The Twins

The twins, Billy and Bobby, were born to a middle class family from Idaho. The very active young boys soon became known as the “B Bubs.” With a father who was a CPA and a board member of the local golf club, and a mother who taught school, the B Bubs excelled at school and golf. The B Bubs spent their summer days at the golf course.