Oh, the animals we saw in 2014

Bear cubs
Four bear cubs decided to play through at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in September.
By Mark Aumann

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 10:44 a.m.

From alligators to snakes, it seems like 2014 was a crazy year for animals creating havoc on golf courses. Here are a few memorable encounters, in alphabetical order:


PGA Tour pro pushes alligator into water

At the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in April, PGA Tour player John Peterson gave a very dangerous assist to playing partner James Driscoll, pushing an alligator into a pond so Driscoll could play his approach shot.




A real baboon spooks Luke Donald in South Africa

Wildlife is a cornerstone of South Africa. Luke Donald saw that firsthand earlier this month at the Nedbank Challenge, when a baboon ran down the fairway.





Eagle steals man's golf ball from green

This is one of those rare times when an eagle on the golf course isn't a good thing.





Bear cubs lack etiquette on the green

These bear cubs seemed to enjoy their time on the golf course, even though they held up play.




The story behind the bobcat on the Florida golf course photo

The St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Florida was visited by a Florida bobcat in November, seen here trotting across the 10th tee.


What kind of tracks are these?

These footprints belong to Malaysian elephants who apparently wander over from the nearby tropical rainforest, near where Ernie Els is developing a 27-hole golf resort.


Peter Uihlein survives frog attack

Everyone is afraid of something. For pro golfer Peter Uihlein, it's tiny frogs.





Golfer attacked by angry goose

This poor golfer was minding his own business when, out of nowhere, he was attacked by a goose.




Pablo Larrazabal attacked by hornets, jumps into lake

Pablo Larrazabal was attacked by hornets and stung more than 20 times at the Maybank Malaysian Open in April before he effected a watery escape.


Caution: Kangaroo crossing

This is a reader-submitted photo from Growling Frog Golf Course in Yan Yean, Australia, on the north side of Melbourne. And yes, those are kangaroos.



Only in Australia... Growling Frog GC. #teamtitleist #mytitileist

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Unusual course hazard at China Open

Indiana Jones would not be amused by this sign spotted at the European Tour stop in April.