Raccoon Vision – Mendocino Lighthouse

Here is a recent little story about golf. Lindy Peters, you know Lindy, the guy you’re with at Pro Shop or maybe you know Lindy in a different role. Whichever way you know Lindy, he’s been having a run-in on Mondays with John Patch and his friends. It was damp. Lindy bogeyed the par-seven hole, triple going through the gully. Lindy took aim, swung, and watched his ball disappear into the abyss of ruts. “dang”. Lindy rearmed himself, felt the dampness on his fist, took another powerful swing, and watched his ball and run fly out of his hands and into the woods on the steep underside of the gully. Lindy, not wanting to stop the group, perfunctorily glanced at his club and moved on. The next day, Tuesday, the course was closed, so Lindy ventured out into the valley to find his club. Those who play the course know that the south side of the valley is a steep forest overgrown with bramble trees. Lindy smashed it and made his way through the foliage and if there was his club lying quietly in wait. He retrieved his golf tool, and heard noises nearby as he began to claw his way out into the open. Appearing, he saw two men sitting behind a fence close to the stroller. “What’s going on?” Lindy asked. “Oh my God, we thought you were a big wild animal. We were scared.” Lindy assured them he would not attack. He informed them that the course is closed and not open for hiking. The two men, who may have been on vacation renting a house nearby, left the course grateful for the safe limits of their rent.

On the subject of wild animals, readers may recall Terry Ramos seeing a river otter or mink hiding in the foliage behind the fifth tee. Terry heard some rustling and turned to see the face of this animal. Playing golf last Friday with Bill Speck, Larry England, and Dave Uttala, we looked in the direction of Terry’s vision and collectively said, “Aha ha, that’s what he saw.” A carved figure of a raccoon sits on a stump in the foliage. The number was purchased and put on the trunk years ago by local resident and golfer Jim Cone. Raccoon, Jim Coon. Terry must have seen the carving and mistook it for a wild animal. Well, Terry might not agree with this group’s assessment. We’ll run it by Terry and see what he thinks.

Notes wants to make sure that Kerry Gilmore is famous for naming Brant’s goose who resided in aisle two and three, Lucy. Kerry saw her and knew it was Lucy.

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