I've never really given this much consideration until now, but I heard the other day that a lot of golf courses are experimenting with new sand and
what not to make sand traps and bunkers more of a penalty on the golf course. Heck, I'm a beginning, rank amateur and I don't sweat the bunkers in
the least, so it only makes sense that maybe they need to make them a little more challenging for the pros.
Now, I've always considered water hazards on golf courses to be just a little mean-spirited, insofar as not only do you lose a shot, but your ball,
as well, and golf balls ain't cheap.
But, what the hey? I'm a poor guy who's approached the game on the cheap, buying good, but inexpensive clubs. Even my golfing attire, while quite
stylish is from WalMart, from my hats and caps and my underwear, to my polo shirts, slacks, glove, and golf shoes. I'm even playing the game with
shag balls that cost about a quarter a piece to keep the cost of learning the game (and losing balls) a little lower.
But, what about those other guys you see on the course with their sun-bleached hair and deep dark tans, their Callaway clubs, their top-of-the line
personalized golf balls, their snazzy carts and their golf-boutique, high fashion, "high performance" attire? Does it mean anything to them to lose
a ball in a water hazard? I think not!
I think maybe alligators, snapping turtles, and water moccasins should be mandatory for all golf courses. Let's put the hazard back into water
hazard and make those rich guys who spend an arm and a leg on the game really cough up an arm or a leg and maybe a finger, now and then.
If the idea catches on, then maybe adding some grizzlies and big cats to the courses could spice things up a little more.
Why should Florida have all the fun?
"What'd'ya think, Hector? A .308 or a .44 Magnum on this shot?"
Golfer Survives Gator Attack in Florida
A man who lost his ball in a golf course pond nearly lost a limb when a nearly 11-foot alligator latched on to his arm and pulled him in the water,
Bruce Burger, 50, was trying to retrieve his ball Monday from a pond on the sixth hole at the Lake Venice Golf Club.
The pond at the sixth hole has a "Beware of Alligator" sign.
"Unfortunately, that's part of Florida," course general manager Rod Parry said. "There's wildlife in these ponds."
[edit on 2007/6/26 by GradyPhilpott]
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