We've seen some unusual "animals on the golf course" photos this year, and the most recent came from the St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida this weekend. It's a Florida bobcat, trotting across the 10th tee.
That's not an everyday sight for most golfers, so we called Jerry Iorlano, shift captain for outside operations at the course. He gave us the back story on exactly what transpired and how he got the photo.
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The club has a swimming pool, and over the past six to eight months, installed a security camera in an attempt to catch uninvited guests who have been trespassing. There's a flatscreen monitor in the pro shop, and on Sunday morning, a couple of the employees just happened to look up in time to see a pair of bobcats move through the picture.
They radioed Iorlano, who took his camera and followed quietly behind the bobcats until they reached the 10th tee. At that point, one bobcat headed into the vegetation, but Iorlano was able to snap off a clear image as the other trotted across the back teeing ground.
According to Iorlano, an Okeechobee resident who has an extensive background in outdoor recreation, it's not unusual to find signs of bobcat activity on the course. If anything, he believes there are more bobcats on the property than raccoons. But they just don't show themselves very often. Iorlano thinks they were still prowling after dawn because it was a rainy and gray morning.
So let's add bobcats to this year's ever-growing list of odd animal incidents on golf courses:
Golf ball lands on alligator
Bear cub dancing with a flagstick
Eagle steals golf ball on green
Elephants play through in Malaysia
Frogs attack Peter Uihlein
Pablo Larrazabal jumps in lake to avoid hornet swarm
Kangaroos crossing bunker
Snake hazard at China Open
Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger and a solid golfer in her own right having won on the Ladies European Tour this year, took a crack at the famous Happy Gilmore swing on Sunday.
Check it out:
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Based on the video she posted on Instagram, it looks like Cheyenne was having a good time with friends at TopGolf in Arizona.
Cheyenne has proven herself as quite the golf-ball juggler like Uncle Tiger (see video below), but it looks like her Happy Gilmore effort needs a little work.
Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., has played host to a number of the game's biggest events, including two PGA Championships -- most recently in 2009 when Y.E. Yang took down Tiger Woods in a final-round thriller.
Hazeltine will also host the 2016 Ryder Cup.
On Tuesday, the course closed for the season due to an early dousing of the white stuff.
Here's what was posted on the Hazeltine Facebook page:
So pretty, but yet so sad to know that this will soon be a reality for a lot of courses across the country.
Taking photos while you're out on the course is a great way to remember your round, share them on every social media platform available and yes, even correct your swing.
But there's more to taking a photo than just pulling out your phone or camera and hitting a button. So we went to Greg Stephens, PGA Professional at Victory Ranch Golf Club in Utah and frequent contributor to our #PGA365 gallery, to get some tips for taking the best photo that will help you analyze your swing.
Using these photos and video can be a great tool to use in conjunction with instruction and even between instruction. Following these steps is a good start to take the right photo -- or video -- of your swing.
Location, location, location
Stephens: The two best places to take photos from is down-the-line (behind the golfer) and face on. These locations give you the best look at swing positions with little distortion. And if you want to get really technical you want the camera to be right around waist high to the subject.
More than a cool shot
Stephens: The GoPro is best for getting fun and different angles but it can be helpful when you place it on the target line in front of the golfer. You get an angle that you could not get holding a camera.
What do you see?
Stephens: A few basics to self diagnose would be looking at pics of your address position, face on as well as DTL (down the line.) Check for a good grip and set up position. Check stance width from the face on view and spine angle and alignment with the DTL view. You can check your finish for good balance from both angles. Also compare your positions to that of a PGA Tour player with a similar body type.
The one advantage you have with video over a photo is that you can see how someone got to a position in the swing.
All about the framing
Stephens: This can certainly be with your phone or tablet, just be sure to get as close to the subject as you can keeping all parts of the golfer including the golf club in the frame.