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Most dangerous things you've seen on a golf course?

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A few weeks ago I went along to the weekend morning roll up and about 20 of us were standing next to the tee waiting for the groups ahead to clear. One of our party was taking practice swings towards the group (something I hate seeing) and caught the ground, sending dirt and debris into the face of the guy standing next to me. Fortunately he was turned slightly to one side so it hit him in the side of the head rather than in the eyes but it still could have been nasty.

Another time, I saw an out of control motorized trolley smack one of my party square in the nether regions. Admittedly that was quite funny and he was fine after a few minutes but it must have hurt.

So, from the comic to the downright scary, what's the most dangerous behaviour you've seen while on a golf course?

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It's not behavior related but I did see a rattlesnake last year on the course I regularly play. I now understand why a portion of the course is O.B.


As far as behavior is concerned. I'll try to make a long story short...I was golfing with only 1 other guy, we had a foursome in front of us and no one that we could see in front of them. After two hours of playing and only four holes complete we decided to hit into the guys after trying to ask to play threw on two seperate occasions. Needless to say our golf balls got pretty darn close to them and they were irate. They accused us of assault and threatened to call the cops, one individual said he was going to break his golf club on us and another got in his cart like he was going to chase after us. Nothing exciting happened following that but it was a tense few minutes. Oh...and they didn't let us play thru...


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Originally Posted by Motown88

It's not behavior related but I did see a rattlesnake last year on the course I regularly play. I now understand why a portion of the course is O.B.

As far as behavior is concerned. I'll try to make a long story short...I was golfing with only 1 other guy, we had a foursome in front of us and no one that we could see in front of them. After two hours of playing and only four holes complete we decided to hit into the guys after trying to ask to play threw on two seperate occasions. Needless to say our golf balls got pretty darn close to them and they were irate. They accused us of assault and threatened to call the cops, one individual said he was going to break his golf club on us and another got in his cart like he was going to chase after us. Nothing exciting happened following that but it was a tense few minutes. Oh...and they didn't let us play thru...

See, now they should have let you play through, but my opinion (not that you asked for it...lol) is that you started the confrontation and did something both dangerous, and irresponsible. Why not just jump ahead of them and come back to finish on the hole you skip? That way you keep moving, and avoid unnecessary confrontation.

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Back in the day, when I was about 13 years old, my friend and I were sitting on the tee box of a par 3, waiting for the group ahead of us to finish the hole (They were around 18 years of age probably). So they finished the hole and walked over towards the next tee which is level with our upcoming green and about 50 yards left.

So my buddy, tees it up and pulls his shot way left. His ball miraculously bounces off of two trees and hits one of these older kids right in the back of the head. *gasp* ... At this point we were about 200 yards away from each other. What happened next was about 30 lonnng, awkward, scary (and funny in hindsight) seconds of watching this kid run full speed towards us... all the while, my friend muttering "oh shit, oh shit.."

The guy, never breaking stride just annihilates my friend in Ray Lewis fashion and proceeds to hover over him and shout expletives in his face for a good minute. Now a days, this story is always good for a laugh when we get the chance to meet up.

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We had an impatient guy land his drive about 5 ft from us once after spending an hour giving us dirty looks and my playing partner promptly hit the ball straight back to him! For the record, we were right on top of the group ahead at the time.

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Originally Posted by butt3r3dt0ast

The guy, never breaking stride just annihilates my friend in Ray Lewis fashion and proceeds to hover over him and shout expletives in his face for a good minute. Now a days, this story is always good for a laugh when we get the chance to meet up.

If your friend didn't shout "fore!" then I'd say the Ray Lewis smash was asked for

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We should have jumped in front of them, but in over a decade of playing golf I've never seen players not willing to let anyone play thru. I'll admit the result wasn't what we expected or wanted, but it's what happened and no one can change that now. As far as coming back to finish the hole we would have skipped, that probably wouldn't have occured if we skipped it. We were both walking so it would have required a lot more unnecessary walking to finish that hole. But then again we didn't skip it so I really don't know if we would have walked all the way back to play it.
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I've hit back a drive that got too close to us at one time.  We were directly behind the group in front of us waiting for the green to clear.

This guy's ball landed about 10 ft behind me and rolled up past me.  I addressed it and clinked it right back to the front of the tee box.  Best hybrid shot I've ever had.  Nice adrenaline rush too.  Me and my friends still talk about it.

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This guy's ball landed about 10 ft behind me and rolled up past me.  I addressed it and clinked it right back to the front of the tee box.  Best hybrid shot I've ever had.  Nice adrenaline rush too.  Me and my friends still talk about it.

Am I the only one that has never hit back a shot that got to close to me? I try to avoid a situation where I may get hit into though. If I know I'm playing slow and can let people play thru I do that, if we're being held up by the group in front of us then there's nothing I can do and usually just brush off a shot getting to close to me. I've never been in a situation where the people behind me have continually hit into me though so not sure what I'd do in that situation.
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Originally Posted by TJBam

I've hit back a drive that got too close to us at one time.  We were directly behind the group in front of us waiting for the green to clear.

This guy's ball landed about 10 ft behind me and rolled up past me.  I addressed it and clinked it right back to the front of the tee box.  Best hybrid shot I've ever had.  Nice adrenaline rush too.  Me and my friends still talk about it.

Nice!

I'm willing to let someone off if we're well out of "normal" driving distance since I figure they just caught a flukey smash but while we're still waiting for the green to clear for our approach shots is another matter. I occasionally drive a 300 yard par 4 at my course which is also blind, so I make a habit of shouting "fore" if it feels like I've caught it well. A few of the older guys get a bit funny about balls shooting past them when they're getting ready to putt.

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Originally Posted by TJBam

I've hit back a drive that got too close to us at one time.  We were directly behind the group in front of us waiting for the green to clear.

This guy's ball landed about 10 ft behind me and rolled up past me.  I addressed it and clinked it right back to the front of the tee box.  Best hybrid shot I've ever had.  Nice adrenaline rush too.  Me and my friends still talk about it.

Really good way to hurt someone.  Or get your ass kicked.......

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I was playing by myself at a course in south San Antonio about three years ago. There were four guys in front of me, and I could tell they had been drinking pretty heavily. On one particular par 3, they took close to 15 minutes to putt. At one point, one of the guys walked the 30 yards back to his cart to get another beer before taking his turn to putt.

Anyway, they finally get done and walk back to their carts. I hit my shot and hung it out right, maybe 10 yards from the edge of the green. As I'm watching the ball, I see one of the guys walk back towards the green (not sure why). I'm yelling "FORE", the guy was so drunk he doesn't know what's going on, so he stops and looks back at me. The ball landed about 5 feet in front of him and jumped up and hit him in the chest.

They waited for me at the next tee box, and I apologized profusely (even though I yelled fore) and the guy starts talking about filing a lawsuit. I just said "hey man, it's an assumption of risk." He just said "f*!k you" and drove off. I politely informed the gentleman in the proshop at the turn about their drunken behavior, and they were escorted off the course.

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Originally Posted by David in FL

Really good way to hurt someone.  Or get your ass kicked.......

Perhaps both, but the same could be said for the impatient sod who teed off early to make his point.

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Originally Posted by David in FL

Really good way to hurt someone.  Or get your ass kicked.......

Same to the guy that teed off into them. Turnabout's fair play or however the hell that saying goes. lol

I've only got into 1 golf confrontation where I was tempted to beat a guys ass.

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Originally Posted by Slice of Life

I've only got into 1 golf confrontation where I was tempted to beat a guys ass.

Ooooh, do tell

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I'd add to this the golfers I see who stroll oblivious into my fairway when I'm just about to hit a drive because they are looking for their wayward shot from the adjacent hole. The temptation to hit anyway is overwhelming (but I don't because I'm an adult now, bah).

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Originally Posted by Slice of Life

Same to the guy that teed off into them. Turnabout's fair play or however the hell that saying goes. lol

I've only got into 1 golf confrontation where I was tempted to beat a guys ass.

True, but the first could have easily been an accident/miscalculation.  The second was intentional and completely unacceptable, no matter what the circumstance of the first.....

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Originally Posted by Vector Zero

Ooooh, do tell

Not much to tell. I can't remember too much about it...it was probably 5 years ago. All I remember was the guy was being an ass and talking all kinds of crap until I started walking towards him.

Originally Posted by David in FL

True, but the first could have easily been an accident/miscalculation.  The second was intentional and completely unacceptable, no matter what the circumstance of the first.....

Yeah, but you can typically tell when someone does it on purpose. Any time I've had a close call, I yell FORE or drive up and apologize.

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