In Search of the Elusive Golf Ball – Is It Worth It?

Every player looks for golf balls on the golf course. It is in our nature and for some, they have to look a bit more than others. I do not mind ‘ball hawking’, but I have limitations as to where and how long I like to look. In some cases’ it is not worth the effort and I suggest we should just move on. This was definitely on of those times!

Before I get into my adventure, I want to send a quick shout out to my friend who Mike who is the best ‘ball-hawker’ ever. We have not played a round in a while, but today’s article is one he would appreciate. He is like a magnet around the course and always seems to walk out with way more golf balls than when he started.

Mike is in the ditch with the ball retriever!

Two days ago my two friends and I were playing a round of golf. As it turned out, one of my friends hit their ball into the edge of the pond on the 8th hole. It was close to the edge, so he decided that it was worth a look.

Osprey Links is very dry. We have not had any rain in weeks and as such there are dry looking spots along the low lying water levels in the ponds. Additionally, ponds on a golf course are something I really like to spent any time near because of the chemicals that seep into the water. However, I do take precautions and unless it is close to the edge the ball has found a new home.

In this case, our other friend decided to walk the edge of the pond. In hindsight, this was a very bad idea because of the iffy stability of the ground. As it turned out, it was a bad idea and this happened:

Sunk up to his knee!

My friend’s right leg sunk up to his knee in the muck along the edge of the pond. It happened in a instant and he was very lucky he was able to keep his shoe on when removing his leg from the muck hole. Additionally, he is very lucky he did not hurt his leg by hitting something as his foot plunged into the deep mire.

After extracting himself from the hazard, we had a bit of a laugh. Because no one was hurt, it was something that we could laugh about. The really funny thing is that the ball they were looking for was a used ball worth no more than 50 cents. If there was ever a time not to look for a golf ball, that was it!

When we scooted by the club house after 9, my friend got cleaned up and put on a fresh pair of shoes. He refused to leave the fairway or rough to look for any golf ball. I do not blame him actually; I am not sure I would either. Interestingly, after his mud bath, he played very well for the next 11 holes. I am not sure if his mishap was the cause for his improved play, but I do not advocate this method of changing your golfing fortune.

Do you ball-hawk on the golf course?

I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!

2 thoughts on “In Search of the Elusive Golf Ball – Is It Worth It?

  1. I would have liked a dry course today. You needed a boat to get around the one course I found that wasn’t closed due to too much water today. Every three of four hours for the past week a tropical storm has blown through and dumped a ton of water on us. So losing balls was just part of everyone’s game today. All you had to do was hit a tall shot off the tee and you were pretty much guaranteed your ball would bury itself when it landed. I only lost one that way, but my playing partner lost about 5 that way I think. He lost two more in the rough. So he spent quite a bit of time ball hawking today. I didn’t. I lost the one that buried and three others that I could see, but couldn’t get to without ending up looking like your buddy. All in the fairway. But I was fine with it. They may have been new balls, but they were cheap balls. The cheapest Wilson balls Walmart carries. They actually came in handy today I think. Those hard one piece balls are easier to hit low than a high spin ball is. And since they cost less than 50 cents apiece, they are easy to walk away from.

    I did notice that I played better in the wet today than I think I ever have. It’s something I don’t think is as easy to notice playing on a dry course, but on a wet course, hitting ball first really makes a difference and I seemed to do it more often than not today. I was very pleased with that.


    • Kevin

      I have played in those type of wet conditions and losing the ball on the fairway is not fun. But, part of the game. Wet conditions challenge our game in many ways, first is the very very little roll and the necessity, as you said, to hit the ball first. Wet conditions really challenge our game for sure.

      Cheers Jim


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