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.

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.
DRILL THE EMERGENCY ROOM NURSE

DRILL THE EMERGENCY ROOM NURSE

The name on his name tag said Duke, but I met Drill, the ER Nurse, on a recent visit to a large hospital’s emergency room on a very busy Saturday night.
Hummingbird Hats

Hummingbird Hats

The Basketball Golf Group, BGG for short, was ready! They had made the annual golf trip since their college years. The BGG had won the small school state basketball championship as high school seniors.
The Natural

The Natural

In the 26 years that we owned and operated Mille Lacs Golf Resort, the infinite variety of golf characters that we encountered was never ending. Good golfers, bad golfers, really nice people and some horse’s a$$es. But I only met one truly natural golfer.
Rabid Bobcat Attacks Golfer

Rabid Bobcat Attacks Golfer

On a recent April morning, a surprise ambush left a 70-year-old golfer mauled and bleeding on a golf course in Connecticut. It was not from another golfer who had been beaned by a golf ball. The attack was from a bobcat with rabies.
“HONEY, JUST TAP IT”

“HONEY, JUST TAP IT”

It was the couples club championship at Whispering Pines Golf Club near Myrtle Beach. On the final day, Frank and Linda were leading by four strokes with only seven holes left to play.
The Bulkhead Wall And The Push Cart

The Bulkhead Wall And The Push Cart

The question is: Can we consider a bulkhead wall on a water hazard a critter? As a writer, I will use my poetic license to say, yes. The story is good enough that you will forget whether it was a Critters or a Characters story.
ONLY 19 PUTTS

ONLY 19 PUTTS

Joe Knight needed only 19 putts to win the Santa Rosa Beach Golf & Beach Club Senior Club Championship.
Roadrunner Breaks An ‘Egg’

Roadrunner Breaks An ‘Egg’

Golf in the desert Southwest has always been one of my favorite places to play. There is nothing like golf in perfect weather conditions on immaculate rye grass turf.
Big Roy

Big Roy

With matching clothes, big cigars and soft country music, Big Roy was an unusual golf partner.
MINNESOTA GOLFERS WILL SHARE RECORD FOREVER

MINNESOTA GOLFERS WILL SHARE RECORD FOREVER

The sun had just cleared the mountaintop as 24 golfers nervously stood on the 17th at Pebble Beach. It was 7:30 AM and one - and only one - golfer would advance from this “Sudden Death” playoff.
Yellow Tomcat Has Golf Etiquette

Yellow Tomcat Has Golf Etiquette

Each year in late July, the Smiley’s clan gather on the white sands of Florida’s Emerald Coast to enjoy the sense of family.
GOLFER, RICK AULIE, SETS SPEED RECORD

GOLFER, RICK AULIE, SETS SPEED RECORD

The scene, July 26th, 2018, Breezy Point, Minnesota. As Rick Aulie’s driver head made that “smack sound” and perfect contact with the golf ball, the stop watch was clicked and the race to set a World Record was on!
The Amigos And The Deer Flies

The Amigos And The Deer Flies

The four Amigos had been friends since grade school. Growing up in Duluth, they played golf at Lester Park in the summer and hockey all winter. The Amigos never realized that the two sports complemented each other.