Florida course warns golfers about aggressive hawks

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It's nesting season for hawks in Florida. For golfers, that can lead to a dangerous situation.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 9:38 a.m.

Birdie. Eagle. Albatross. The elusive Condor. Those are the kinds of birds you want on a golf course.

But when it comes to hawks, look out.

A story on www.clickorlando.com focuses on Orange Tree Golf Club in Orlando, which is warning its players about aggressive hawks infiltrating the property that have been known to attack members.

From www.clickorlando.com:

"Spring is nesting season for hawks, so birds are coming together to build nests and families," said Rehabiliation Supervisor for Audubon Center for Birds of Prey Dianna Flynt. "Nesting season is the only time of year that hawks are aggressive, because they are trying to protect their nest and see humans as predators."

According to the story, 3-4 members were attacked last year with one woman requiring staples in her head.

Hawks and their nests are protected under law, so the golf course cannot legally remove the nest. Instead, they are encouraging people to take proper precaution when coming into the hawk's nesting area.

Flynt said the best way to protect yourself from nesting hawk attacks are by avoiding the area, carrying an umbrella or wearing a hat. The Orange Tree Golf Club sign warns members to do exactly that when they are around the area.

Here's the official warning from Orange Tree Golf Club:


T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.