Two snakes and the bravest golfer in history



by ANDREA GUSSONI

Two snakes and the bravest golfer in history
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Golf courses often serve as havens for a diverse range of fauna. From squirrels and deer, to birds and even crocodiles, these green spaces are teeming with wildlife. In France, one may occasionally encounter non-venomous snakes on the course, such as grass snakes or vipers.

Golf and snakes

Recently, in Brisbane, a brave golfer stumbled upon two wrestling snakes, later identified as carpet pythons. He courageously played his shot, despite the potential danger. Although these particular snakes were not venomous, it is worth noting that Australia is home to eight of the world's ten most dangerous snakes.

Moving to South Africa, the Skukuza Golf Club is situated in the heart of the Kruger National Park, earning its reputation as the wildest course in the world.

Golfers often encounter an array of wildlife on the course, including lions, hyenas, and even giraffes. On one occasion, a group of golfers came across a martial eagle perched atop an impala it had just killed. The situation was captured in a photo, with a bullet narrowly missing the two animals.

In a scene like this, it's understandable that the golfer chose not to play. The Rules of Golf are a set of standard rules and procedures by which the sport of golf should be played. They are jointly written and administered by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St.

Andrews, the governing body of golf throughout the world, outside of the United States and Mexico, which are the jurisdiction of the United States Golf Association. An expert commission made up of members of the R&A and USGA oversees and refines the rules every four years.

The latest revision is effective January 1, 2016. Changes to the rules of golf generally fall into two main categories: those that improve understanding and those that in certain cases reduce penalties to ensure balance. The rule book, entitled "Rules of Golf", is published on a regular basis and also includes rules governing amateur status.

In Italy it is up to Federgolf to supervise the competitions by enforcing the rules issued by the R & A, checking that these rules are observed by the Clubs, Associations and their members and managing the resulting sporting justice, protecting their interests abroad.