Golfing in the West

December 18th, 2016 16 Comments


My bride was driving by the local golf course when she saw this foursome playing though. She immediately came and got me and my camera and then sat patiently in the car as I trailed them. There were actually five bulls, one of them an eight-by-seven, but I was never able to get all of them together in a single photo and the eight-by-seven wandered off before I could get any shot of him.




I have never played golf. All I know about the game is what I have read in the Mr. Mulliner stories by P.G Wodehouse, but I do believe these qualify as what are known as “hazards.” They seemed pretty mellow, but I kept a respectful distance and I suspect if some duffer whacked one of them with a long drive, they might become less mellow. So would I, for that matter, if I got bonked on the coconut by a long drive. If you look closely, you can see that all the racks have suffered some damage from brawling over the ladies. On one of them, even the main beam on the left has been broken. The rut is long over and there were no ladies present anywhere, but even so, two of them had to engage in a little practice shoving and pushing, not unlike teenaged boys showing off and testing their muscles.



I do wonder what the groundkeepers think of them.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    How thoughtful and considerate Darleen is to inform you of the foursome on the golf course! What a lucky man you are, right?


    Thanks for the story and pictures JP. You live in an interesting neighborhood to say the least. 😉

    Carla in California

    P.S. Out of all the sports the press has photographed you playing over the years, I never did see a picture of you on a golf course. Just curious as to why not, JP?

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think that Santa better come get them before someone shoots them ⛳️

  3. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful pictures !! Beautiful “hazzards”!!
    Nancy Gallinger

  4. Anonymous says:

    Not something you see every day. Thanks for sharing your cool pictures and fun story.

  5. Anonymous says:

    That’s quite a sight! It would be interesting to know what the groundskeepers think of them. I’m sure they have at least a few stories to tell!

    The one time (1994) I was in Seattle, a cab driver told me that the day before a moose was runnng loose in the streets. I don’t know if that cabbie was just pullng this gullible Floridian’s leg, but I believed his story for all these years, right up to the point of me typing it here, that is.

    JP, I enjoy your blog immensely. You (along with Gerald McRaney) were an important childhood hero of mine. The thoughts you share with us on this blog with what is often hard-earned wisdom as well as a refreshing, self-deprecating wit confirms that I chose my hero well.

    My best to you and yours,

    Steven from Miami Fl

    • Thank you for the kind words. I try to be honest and to do my homework, and it’s nice to think I succeed sometimes.

      • Anonymous says:

        I would also like to say that I really enjoy reading your blog. I may not always agree with you but that’s okay. I loved watching your show in the 80’s but you weren’t a hero figure but an object of lust lol. I was in my 20’s in the 80’s and lost both my parents just months apart. Your show was an escape for me.
        I recently watched a few of the earlier episodes and couldn’t help chuckling. The chemistry between the two of you was great. Gerald McRaney was a hoot. Sorry but I think he had the best lines.
        Nancy Ontario Canada

  6. Anonymous says:

    Sehr schöne und beeindruckende Tiere! Ja sie testen und üben nun schonmal ihre Geschicklich- und Fähigkeiten um sich später im Ernstfall durchzusetzen und zu behaupten. Ich weiss nicht ob bei Ihnen nun auch Winter ist, um die verehrten Damen geht es ja wieder in der Brunftzeit und dann sind es keine spielerischen Gefechte mehr, dann wird es ernst. Ich hoffe sehr dass der Inhaber der Golfanlage die Tiere duldet und sie ein “Wohn- und Nutzungsrecht” für die Tage haben.
    Golf scheidet die Gemüter.. die einen lieben es.. andere können nichts damit anfangen. Ich forme lieber Schneebälle 😉
    In diesem Sinne…
    Best wishes from Switzerland

  7. Anonymous says:

    Je n’ai jamais vu de rennes en liberté !!!! Les seuls que j’ai pu voir étaient dans des zoos 🙁 Pourtant, je me promène très souvent dans la nature où j’observe la faune et la flore. Peut-être qu’en allant au golf qui se situe près de chez moi, j’aurai la chance d’en voir 😉
    Je vous souhaite, à vous et à vos lecteurs, de très bonnes fêtes de Noël et du bonheur pour tous !!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Are those elk?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I played golf a couple times about fifteen or twenty years ago. Didn’t much care for it. In fact the last time I played I got kicked off the golf course; I was in my early twenties when a buddy and I were drinking too much… we drove our golf cart onto the putting greens a few times towards the end of the course. Reckless behavior that I still feel ashamed about when I think back to that time. I wasn’t really even drinking like my friend was, but I knew better and didn’t stop him from driving the cart.

    No more golf for me!

    TD Bauer

    • Anonymous says:

      GOLF(in my opinion) hasta be the BORINGIST “sport” ever contrived–and it tends to run over terribly into one’s favored TV shows!….Golf courses have their uses, though–decent places to run dogs if you are stuck in a city somewheres. At NIGHT, anyway. Although I once ran a team of sled dogs in broad daylight , through a golf course in Asheville, N. C., during a deep snow there many moons ago(before Global Warming). I got someone to take a pic of me and the team(with the dogsled that I STILL have!) beside the “No Trespassing” sign, which LISTED all the things you weren’t supposed to be doing there–like jogging, loitering, biking, etc. Quite a long list it was, too. But it didn’t say NUTHIN’ about not running a sled dog team there! Luckily, no one was around to beg to differ! …..L.B.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Several comments by the elk come to mind.

    “Don’t mess with me buddy”

    “No, you may not play through.”

    “Don’t even think about hitting that golf ball over here.”

  11. Anonymous says:

    Getting to see a sight such as this would be a good reason to even be anywhere that course.
    Nancy Darlene

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