Monday, November 14, 2016

Aggressive Turkey Warning

Some players are reporting that some wild turkeys on the golf course have been very threatening and aggressive.  The turkeys have closely followed players, and have displayed scary, intimidating behavior.

A few things about wild turkeys:

They are a game animal and are protected by the CA Dept of Fish and Wildlife.

Most turkeys are non-aggressive.  Some do protect nests or breeding interests.

They do fly and have sharp feet and wing spurs.

The local groups of turkeys have been seen primarily on Holes #8 - #18.  The  Practice Area on #19 has also been "hot spot" for bird activity.

Players should keep their golf bag between themselves and any turkeys at close range. If needed, players should firmly swing a club or rake to ward off more aggressive birds.

Please notify the Golf Shop if being harassed on the course. Marshals and Maintenance staffers have been instructed to chase and haze the birds back into the surrounding areas. Seed will also be temporarily eliminated from the divot mix.  By eliminating a food source, it should eliminate the need for turkeys to visit the tees and fairways.

We hope these tips will help keep your rounds fun and safe.  It is always nice to see wildlife on the course, but please practice caution with these animals.