Golfing With "Iggy" The Iguana

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Posted by Dexter Francois | Posted in , | Posted on Sunday, February 7, 2010

I was supposed to play a round yesterday but my friend bailed out on me. How disappointing. I was excited to play because I haven't been able to play in a week. I've been practicing at my private course, but nothing beats actually playing a course.

We were supposed to play Crandon Park Golf Course at Key Biscayne, FL. It's one of my favorite tracks to play. It has held Q-School qualifying tournaments. The course is always in great condition and the scenery rivals that of any course in America.

It sit off the shores of Biscayne Bay and it would be surprising if you didn't see an alligator or two somewhere along the way. There are all kinds of wildlife that call Crandon home. There are many species of birds. The domesticated raccoons are not shy and will wander up to your cart in search of food.

My favorite are the Iguanas. They rule this course. They number in the hundreds and can be found at every turn. Normally they are afraid of humans and run away(They are surprisingly fast). If they ever decided to chase me, I would have no chance.

On our last outing we came up on the 11th and we were greeted by a welcoming committee. A group if iguanas were sunning themselves on the green, basking in the afternoon sunlight. All of them save one ran off immediately. He was the biggest of the crew.

My friend Kevin is the adventurous one of the group. He decided to get in close for a photo op. He coaxed "Iggy" the iguana up onto the green for better shot. I was expecting him to try to pick him up, but even Kevin isn't that crazy. I wasn't getting near him. I took the picture. It seems like I'm close but I actually zoomed in. I was keeping my distance.

So how about you? Have you had any encounters with nature during a round? Hopefully all of your encounters with nature are pleasant ones. Have a good one and always hit your target.

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Comments (2)

  1. February 11, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Hey Dexter, great post! I do have one for you. Several years ago, a foursome of us were playing down on Hilton Head, SC. Our first day out was at Shipyard. On the second hole we noticed two alligators laying absolutely still about 30 feet or so from the teebox. They were lying so still that at first we weren't sure if they were real or just decoration, until one ran off into the water. We decided it would be best to keep our distance. But of course, on the next hole, I proceed to drop my approach shot no more than 15 feet from a sun-bathing gator. But I manned up!! I walked over and, with one eye on my ball and one on the gator, I chipped on. I then jumped back into the getaway cart and peeled out! Being from CT, that's the closest I've come to an adult gator without 1/2" thick glass between us!
    We played two more courses that weekend and each course had gators around seemingly every turn. It's been my favorite golf experience to date!

  2. February 11, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    Nice. I might have elected to leave the ball where it lay. I like that you had the getaway cart ready. One can never be too careful. I haven't been to S. Carolina yet for golf. I've heard all the stories of how awesome it is though. I had made plans to go and play there in early October. I have to be there for a wedding. Can't wait. Hope you guys thaw out soon so you can get out on the course. I grew up in Rhode Island so I know all about the New England winters.