Thought I would share a funny story that happened to me today.
I decide to go play 18 today after work at a course called Dead Horse Lake. It is right smack in the middle of Knoxville in a widely developed area and is located behind a hospital and next to two high schools. I get paired up with a random and we are both having pretty decent round and having a good time. We make the turn, finish up 10 and tee off on a par 3 11th. After getting to the green I realize that I'd left my wedge near the green on hole 10. I let the guy I am playing with know and proceed to turn around and get my wedge. I find my wedge, hop back in my cart, and turn around to head back to 11. I am only half paying attention as I am trying to figure out my score and I am driving pretty slow. I happen to look up and see something in the middle of the cart path. Initially I think to myself.. I don't remember a statue being there before but keep driving. And then it moves... and I realize I am about to drive right into a big ol Black Bear, lol. I was so shocked that at first I thought it was one of those ceramic statues at first but when it looked right at me I had an "Oh crap" moment. I slammed on my breaks and just kind of froze for a moment. I tried to get my playing partners attention but he didn't hear me yell his name. The bear looked at me for about 10 seconds and then turned around and wandered off back into a little wooded area by the lake.
I called the club house afterwards but I kind of got the impression that he thought I was a drunk idiot. My only regret is that I didn't snap a quick picture with my phone, but unfortunately I had it tucked away in my bag.
Anyway, I had a good chuckle about it and I am still trying to figure out how it made it through Knoxville, crossed I-40, and got to the course without being seen.