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.

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.

Non-Golfer Golfers

Non-Golfer Golfers

Human critters are invading our golf courses. The question is, “Are human beings animals (or critters)?”

FALL GOLF

FALL GOLF

In late Fall with the leaves mostly on the ground, golfers who are in tune with Mother Nature notice the abundance of wildlife that share their golf course.

82 IS TIGER’S NUMBER!

82 IS TIGER’S NUMBER!

Half way through my 77th trip around the third rock from the sun, I have become more aware of time, as measured numerically – by numbers. 82 victories is a huge number.

Pit-Shih Tzu Tournament

Pit-Shih Tzu Tournament

Each year as the oak and cottonwood dress their golf course in the splendid fall colors, the members a small town golf course in rural America prepare for their favorite golf event.

PAUL PALMER, MY GOLF HERO

PAUL PALMER, MY GOLF HERO

I first became aware of Paul Palmer on the high school basketball court. I was an 8th grader when Paul was a senior. In Hays, Kansas, my hometown, the junior high and the high school shared the same building and the same basketball court.

Teenaged Bald Eagle Eating Lunch

Teenaged Bald Eagle Eating Lunch

It was the third day of the annual golf adventure for the Fab-4, a gang of former college golf teammates. During their freshman year their coach once referred to the group as the Fab-4 (comparing them to the Michigan freshman who nearly won the NCAA Basketball Championship). The name stuck.

Tornadoes On The Golf Course

Tornadoes On The Golf Course

I know that a tornado is not a Critter. But tornadoes are definitely a part of life on a golf course. Therefore, for this story, I will use my author’s license and call a tornado, a Critter on the Course.

What’s In A Name

What’s In A Name

Mr. Guy Green has been a dear friend for the past 30 years. Many times chatting over an adult beverage we have discussed the “Best Name For A Golfer.” This month I have allowed Guy Green to substitute for me and tell the tale of Wylie Bogie. Enjoy! – R.J. Smiley

The Golf Pro And The Bull Snake

The Golf Pro And The Bull Snake

What do you think of when you hear Bismarck, North Dakota? As your mind searches for an answer. any answer; let me give you one word that you had not thought of – GOLF.