Interloper Found and Removed

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By Scott D

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  1. Scott D

    Scott D
    Lethbridge,

    This large interloper was found on our course and removed. It wanted to play through, a member was not playing with it (thank god), and had not paid the visitor fee. Proshop was called and removed it from the course. A golf professional's job is most certainly a varied one!

    In the last week five such interlopers have been removed. They are beginning to move to their hibernation dens near the river.

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  2. Darryl M

    Darryl M
    Wichita, KS

    WOW
  3. JKissoon

    JKissoon
    Ajax, ON

    Are these poisonous? Damn you're brave for getting that close if it is poisonous.
  4. Frank P

    Frank P
    Port St. Lucie, FL

    You bet it is. A couple of years ago one of those bad boys was draped over the door of the men's room at the halfway house. Needless to say, I held it in a little while longer. The small black ones are ok. You see them all the time scooting across the cart paths.
  5. Diamondback rattler, correct?
  6. Deno

    Deno
    Hawthorne, NJ

    I played the Diamondback Golf Course in Haynes City Florida (now closed). They had a huge stuffed rattler in the Pro Shop. They said not to look for balls off the fairway. "We're loaded with rattlers". Needless to say I hit every fairway except one. I saw the ball about 10 feet in the tall grass and left it for the snakes. Scary critters for sure.
  7. Edward K

    Edward K
    Wesley Chapel, FL

    Deno said:

    I played the Diamondback Golf Course in Haynes City Florida (now closed). They had a huge stuffed rattler in the Pro Shop. They said not to look for balls off the fairway. "We're loaded with rattlers". Needless to say I hit every fairway except one. I saw the ball about 10 feet in the tall grass and left it for the snakes. Scary critters for sure.

    Deno,

    I lived across the road at Grenelefe for several years. I remember when they built that course. It was infested with snakes. Funny, 7 years across the road, I NEVER saw 1.....LOL
  8. Deno

    Deno
    Hawthorne, NJ

    Deno said:

    I played the Diamondback Golf Course in Haynes City Florida (now closed). They had a huge stuffed rattler in the Pro Shop. They said not to look for balls off the fairway. "We're loaded with rattlers". Needless to say I hit every fairway except one. I saw the ball about 10 feet in the tall grass and left it for the snakes. Scary critters for sure.

    Edward

    I think the course is closed now. Not sure what will replace, it but I know one thing......if it's homes, I'm not buyin'.
  9. Scott D

    Scott D
    Lethbridge,

    It is actually a Prairie Rattlesnake. This female was about 3 feet long with 7 rattles on the tail. Our course use to have Bull Snakes which scare away the Rattlesnakes. The Bull snakes which are constrictors and not venomous have left and the rattlers have moved in the last couple of years. These snake provide an excellent incentive to hit the fairways and to stay out of the coulees.
  10. Dave N

    Dave N
    Lady Lake, FL

    Oh hell no.
  11. Dro

    Dro
    Pittsburgh

    Whoa! Incentive to hit more fairways or motivation to find another course?
  12. Chris B

    Chris B
    Monroe, LA

    Fire is the only answer
  13. BCH

    BCH

    Played in New Mexico last year at a course called Black Mesa right above Santa Fe about 20 miles. Beautiful course.

    Sign in the pro shop said to beware of rattlesnakes and on the first tee they had a sign advising that this was a rattlesnake conservatory-and to be very careful looking for balls hit in the rough.

    Saw one snake in a cart path that seemed to be dead but i didnt stop to see for myself. I abandoned a few Titleists that day...

    www.golfonthesantafetrail.com/-black-mesa
  14. Rick D

    Rick D
    Weston, WI

    BCH said:

    Played in New Mexico last year at a course called Black Mesa right above Santa Fe about 20 miles. Beautiful course.

    Sign in the pro shop said to beware of rattlesnakes and on the first tee they had a sign advising that this was a rattlesnake conservatory-and to be very careful looking for balls hit in the rough.

    Saw one snake in a cart path that seemed to be dead but i didnt stop to see for myself. I abandoned a few Titleists that day...

    www.golfonthesantafetrail.com/-black-mesa

    I played Black Mesa once and really enjoyed it. Great scenery and a fun track. Didn't see any snakes. We had 3" of snow in Sante Fe that April morning, but with Black Mesa 2000' lower in elevation it warmed up to melt the snow. Played at around 60* and got sunburned. The guys who canceled were bummed they missed out.
  15. Rick D

    Rick D
    Weston, WI

    Growing up in Wisconsin, we didn't have poisonous snakes around. After graduating with a degree in Forestry I accepted a job with the State of Florida and moved.

    I spent almost every working day stomping around in the woods. The only rattler encounter was going into the brush off a two rut road and heard one rattle, so backed out and went in another way. I only dispatched one canebrake rattler. The others I saw were killed by fire plows or on roads by cars. The rattlers are pretty reclusive. They're there, but sneak off in the opposite direction.

    Water Moccasins are different story, though. They're stubborn as all get out. If coiled up in the middle of a path and you step on them, you're going to get bit. I even had them move aggressively towards me. Conducting 1/5 acre fixed radius timber cruise plots, the record for our team was 17 moccasins killed in one plot. My record was 3.

    Playing golf I was never afraid to go into the rough, etc., looking for a lost ball. Just need to keep your wits about you. But I can understand people's reluctance.
  16. Take my hat off to you chaps - You're quite blasé about beasties and determined not to let them interrupt your golf.
    I really don't fancy playing so close to snakes.... any variety of snakes!!
    Fortunately, I live in the UK and it isn't an issue.
    JT
  17. Wow!!! Did you get to play thru? I see yours, and raise you this. It was on the 14 th hole curled up on the green next to the Pin during our practice round for men’s league. It wasn’t happy to be moved either. But we still made the putt
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