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.
Problem solving has always been a big part of a golf course superintendents’ job. At Fairview Country Club in Connecticut solving a “Goose Poop” problem developed into a business opportunity that ended up as a franchise.
A golfer friend named Will related this great Jim McMahon story to me. Will lived in Chicago and worked for a large company. With a little research into Jim McMahon, we have a fun story about a true NFL character.
Childhood memories of the excitement when the traveling circus came to our prairie town in western Kansas remain in my mind. There would be the “Circus Parade” down main street.
Peanut butter and jelly. Bacon and eggs. Lobster tail and drawn butter. Over time somethings become linked. Thus, our story begins…
This writer has written many stories about Topgolf since twin brothers Steve and Dave Jolliffe came up with the idea.
Willie, the newly retired drinker, was designated chauffeur for the 8-hour trip to the Badlands.
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.
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?
As a human being, I feel fortunate to have lived through a transitional period in history. It may never be equaled.
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 GPS Screen displayed the following message, “Caution, black bears near #5 green!”
On August 27, 2020 Alexander “Zander” Hughes shot his first 55.
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.
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.
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.
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?