Golfer loses two fingers after crocodile attack in Cancun, Mexico
Golf courses are supposed to be playgrounds of relaxation and fun.
They can also be dangerous. Edward Lunger, a golfer from Long Island, New York, is suing the Iberostar Cancun Golf Club in Mexico after he lost two fingers to a crocodile in a July 1 incident. You can read the full story in the New York Post.
Lunger’s friend, Mark Martin, reached out to me to caution our readers after reading about my interaction with a croc at the same course. The picture I took of the sign above has been picked up by several blogs writing about Lunger’s lawsuit.
Golfers should always use common sense and err on the side of caution, especially on courses in exotic locales. There are plenty of times I’ve felt uneasy playing golf. I’m afraid of heights, and the cliffs at Old Head Golf Links in Ireland are so steep and so close to several holes, it was a bit freaky. But I loved the course. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Check out the warning sign below.
Rattlesnakes are another threat I take seriously. Don’t bother looking for lost balls on the Highland Course at Primland in the Blue Mountains of Virginia. Whenever I head into the Arizona desert looking for a lost ball, I tap the ground with my club in the direction I’m headed, attempting to scare away any nearby snakes. Maybe I should just leave the ball alone next time I visit Palm Desert, Calif., later this month, or Scottsdale in December.
At the Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island in South Carolina last year, I hit a shot near a pond where several tiny gators were sunning themselves (see the picture below). I didn’t bother to mess with those little guys, knowing that Momma was probably nearby. I ran in with a 9-iron, took a wild chipping swing that advanced the ball to safety and went about my round.
Ironically, I’m heading to Cancun next month, but I won’t be visiting Iberostar’s course this time. Still, I’ll be sure to be extra careful whenever I hit the ball near a pond or the jungle. You never know what may be lurking.
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