Hundreds of kangaroos invade a golf course

Many kangaroos have roamed the St John's course at the Heritage Golf and Country Club in Victoria, Australia

by Andrea Gussoni
Hundreds of kangaroos invade a golf course
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Many kangaroos have roamed the St John's course at the Heritage Golf and Country Club in Victoria, Australia. And could such an unusual sight escape the lens of a smartphone and the subsequent social media buzz? Certainly not: the scene was captured by golfer Stephen Roche, who filmed everything and shared it on X.

Golf and kangaroos

The mass movement of kangaroos occurred at the 4th hole of the Victoria course. Suddenly, the players found themselves surrounded by kangaroos and wisely stowed away their clubs. Only a few players could be heard quietly asking the animals not to disturb their balls.

It's uncertain if their request was granted. However, the kangaroo herd did not damage the greens and fairways of the Victoria course; instead, they left traces of their presence in the sand of the bunkers. Once the video made its way to social media, it garnered a variety of reactions.

Some made humorous remarks ("They must be club members, they didn't touch the rake by the bunker"). Others questioned if the kangaroos had paid their green fees. Victoria is a federated state of Australia, the second smallest in the country (the first being Tasmania), bordered to the southwest by the Indian Ocean and to the southeast by the Pacific Ocean, connected by the Bass Strait, which separates it from Tasmania.

It shares borders to the north and northeast with New South Wales, with the boundary between the two states mostly marked by the Murray River, and to the west with South Australia. Its territory is occupied by the extensive Murray Plain in the northwest, which rises to the southeast in the southern part of the Great Dividing Range, culminating in the Australian Alps (Mount Feathertop, 1922 m).

The coasts are generally low and indented, while in the center lies the deep Port Phillip Bay, where the state capital, Melbourne, is located. It is estimated that Aboriginal people reached south-eastern Australia around 40,000 years ago.

Just before the arrival of Europeans, there were approximately 40 tribes of Aboriginal people in the area of present-day Victoria.