Lost & Found
By bkuehn1952 on 10/25/10
We asked for readers to send in blog posts- and Brian Kuehn didn't disappoint. He has now contributed 4 articles to oobgolf! You can read the other 3 here, here, here, and here.
Like many of you, as I walk the fairways at our local courses I will snag the occasional tee or ball that is left behind. Sometimes something more interesting appears. What sort of items have you Oobers found?
Here are a couple stories from my “Lost & Found” adventures on the golf course:
• One day at the local municipal course I found a full set of keys lying on the 11th fairway. Someone had set their bag down and the keys had fallen out. There was no one in sight but I knew the 13th hole would get me close to the clubhouse and parking lot. Once I finished up on 13 I walked across the street to the parking lot and hit the “Panic” button. I figured if the car was there I would unlock the car and put the keys on the driver’s seat. A horn sounded a few rows over so I shut down the alarm and walked toward where the alarm had sounded. A man was changing his shoes nearby and I engaged him in conversation:
BK: “Excuse me. Do you know which car had the alarm sound?”
Man: “Yes, I do.”
BK: “Which car is it?”
Man: “As a matter of fact, it is my car right here.”
It turned out that he had finished some time ago and discovered his keys were missing. He had taken a cab home and returned with his spare set. He was happy to get the original keys back even though he was out the round trip cab fare.
• Another time, the business end of an Odyssey putter was lying near a green. Apparently the prior owner had missed one putt too many and “snapped” both mentally and physically. I retrieved the head and had it re-shafted. Years later, my son continues to use the putter successfully. This golfer seems to have temper because a year later I picked up a 60 degree Cleveland wedge in similar condition.
• Not long ago I found a bottle of prescription medication for diabetes. As the day went along, play was slow so we joined the 2-some in front of us. One of the guys was fairly heavy. I decided to ask if possibly he had lost the medication I had found. He was ecstatic. He had noticed the bottle was missing and was going to need to quit before another injection was required.
• However, nothing was as weird as what I found the other day on the course. As I was chipping I noticed something sort of pink lying in the grass. On closer inspection it was someone’s orthodontic retainer. After overcoming a mild gross-out moment, I picked it up and wrapped it in some tissue. When I returned it to the clubhouse later, the woman behind the counter assured me that she had a pretty good idea whose retainer it was. Apparently the kid was on the golf team and had lost it before.
So let’s hear some stories or a list items from other Oober’s “Lost & Found” files.
This was written by Brian Kuehn, a reader/follower/fellow oober and the opinions are 100% his and do not reflect those of oobgolf in anyway. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.
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On the 17th tee box I found a Cobra S2 driver lying inbetween the two tee markers. How do you lose a club on the tee box?
I've come across some head covers and towels. Nothing too major. The only thing of note was my group and i found a 64 degree wedge leaning against the tree near #11 green at Crossgates, Millersville. We returned it to the proshop but don't know if anyone ever claimed it.
@askarzy: Agreed, hard to leave a Driver behind. My father and I almost lost both our putters years ago. #8 at Weston Country Club is a par 3. We each hit the green and drove the cart down the hill to about 75 yards from the hole and then walked with our putters and drivers to the green. The way the course is set-up, after one putts out you then proceed to the 9th tee before returning to the cart parked about 75 yards away. Naturally we leaned our putters against the sign for the 9th, teed off and then walked back to the cart minus our putters. When we reached the 9th green, it became obvious what we had done.
After losing a couple of clubs, I've learned to place them across the flag before using the putter. Even if I still forget to go pick up my wedge, whoever replaces the flag will catch it.
@askarzy: the person could have walked up to the tee with his driver and say 3w. Decided to hit the 3w and laid down the driver.
Timely article and a true story that just happened this Saturday!
I was just playing a round with a buddy (oob - Tobl0006.) We got to the course late in the afternoon and wanted to try and get 18 in, so we took a cart instead of walking. So the sun is starting to fade and we're on the 12th and he says, dude I lost my cell phone (new blackberry.) So I wait by our tee shots and he goes back to retrace. Comes back about 10 minutes later. no luck. So we figure some one will turn it in at the clubhouse hopefully (except the course is literally empty.) So we finally finish and its pretty much dark, we asked the cart attendant if we take a quick drive through part of the front since he thought he'd checked football scores on the 6th. We drive there, I call his phone - hoping to see it or hear it, no go. [Cont'd]
About 2 weeks ago, I almost literally drove over a pair of glasses on the cart path! They were fine and I took them in to the pro shop when finished. One of the guys playing in the tournament thought they were gone forever. I have also found a cell phone, cigarettes, and lighters. On the other side, I left my wallet (with $100 cash in it) in a cart when I transferred to another cart. Luckily the very honest cart guy returned it to me and I gave him a $5 reward.
[Cont'd] So we bring the cart back so they close for the night and decide that we'll get some flashlights and walk the course as rain was in the forecast for the next morning. We decide to run to the store and get a couple of flashlights and since its about 40 degrees and pitch-dark out.
We proceed to the course wearing newly purchased winter aviators hats with camping head-lamps. I thought our chances were slim to none. Amazingly we recalled almost every shot on the course. We get thru the front 9 and no phone, thinking it's gone. We get to the 10th green and I say 'So I landed here and left the putt on the Joe-side then I walked to the the 11th and [looking down] and saw a cell phone..." There it was laying on edge of the cart path in the grass. He bought me dinner...
Bryan K says:
I've left so many clubs behind, it's ridiculous.
I found a bag of weed on our second nine of a nine-hole course I played a lot as a kid. When I went to go stash it away, I realized that my bag was missing. I must have dropped it on the first nine. It's amazing that no one picked it up. I found it in the middle of the fairway.
That was twenty years ago, by the way.
Bryan K says:
This fall, in our annual scramble tourney at one of the local country clubs, our foursome found a one-hitter. The guy who found it is one of those guys who has never even seen pot before and has no idea how a person takes it. He thought he had found one of those smokeless electric cigarettes and was trying to figure out how to use it. Using lingo I figured he could understand, I said, "dude, that's a miniature marijuana smoking pipe." You would have thought that he was holding a brown recluse or something.
One day on a well publicly-traveled (meaning non-golfers) course I played, there was an iPhone charger (cord/plug) in the middle of the fairway. I grabbed it, and since it actually worked, and put it in my travel bag so I always have a charger on trips.
I found an abandoned golf cart once on the 10th hole. I was carrying and was incredibly stiff as it was my first time walking. I waited a little while and noone came for the cart so I was planning to ride the back 9. Got to the 12th tee box and here comes the marshal. Turns out it was the courtesy cart at the turn for players needing to use the bathroom/clubhouse. The Marshal made me return the cart back to 10 and then drove me back to 12. I was pretty embarrassed and he didn't buy that I didn't know it was a courtesy cart.
@fletcha They have one of those at a course I play at, but they have a sign on the cart saying what it was for.
@cincystephen, I could see that being true if I found the club in the back of the tee box, but it was in the middle of the markers!
last round I played, as we came up to our 2nd shots (short again!) we noticed that someone had left their putter laying in the middle of the green 10 feet from the pin blocking our shots. Turns out it was from the foursome in front of us. I could see it if it was left in the rough off the green, but it was pretty close to the pin....have found numerous wedges laying about. Couple of months ago, came up to a green that was fairly isolated from other greens/tee boxes. Found a golf ball 25 feet from the hole on the green next to it's ball mark. We never could figure out where it came from.
I once found a fish in the middle of a fairway. The seagull was nowhere to be seen, so I could not return it.
Found a number of wedges and short irons around the greens on my course. Clothing (hats and gloves mainly), headcovers, the usual stuff. I lost a joby gorillapod once, probably left it in the cart on return - I keep wondering what the cart guy must've thought he found... :-D
Bryan K says:
Well....I found an abandoned golf cart in a water hazard once.
We also found the entrails of some kind of bird (I assume) about a month ago sitting in the middle of the fairway. My partner almost threw up. It was pretty gross.
Bryan K says:
@jev: So I just googled Joby Gorillapod, and all I can say is....Awesome. I want one.
Earlier this year, after a round with two of my regular partners, I discovered my Vokey 58/8* wedge missing when I was cleaning my clubs at home. I remembered using it on the 18th and figured I must have left it by the green. Unusual because I'm carefull to avoid doing that. Called the club a couple times over the following week to see if it had been turned in, no luck. Figured I'd have to buy a new one but the local golf stores did'nt have that combination new or used, or I'd have to order one for $109 (ouch). Then found one at Play-it-Again sports for $40. A couple weeks later was playing with the same two guys, going through clubs before the round, when one guy finds that he has 15 clubs in his bag.....
Kurt the Knife says:
bottle of Levitra.
20 mg tabs
(wondering what the street value is)
I lost a brown rubber snake on Fort Meade here in Maryland. We play snake in our group and because I had the last three-putt, I held the current holder of the snake. It bounced out of the cart at some point and was never turned in. I'm sure it scared the hell out of someone though, it looked pretty real.
Found many clubs and headcovers, always turn them in to the pro shop. I Have lost a digital camera from my bag on the course, no one turned it in.
Golf Digest did a story on this some time ago. They placed clubs on golf courses all over the U.S. to see if anyone turned them in. Results were pretty positive, most people turned lost items into the proshop.
Bryan K says:
I found a head cover in my bag earlier this year that I meant to return to the clubhouse when I found it last year. I still feel bad about it.
I've left so many clubs lying around, it hurts.
forgot I found this and actually took a photo: www.rivercityhackers.com/Random-Stuff/how-would-
Just last month, I found a high-tech launch monitor! Seriously!. Saw it sitting on the range as I was driving by in a cart after finishing up a late round at my home course. Waited awhile, but no one came looking for it. There was only one guy still on the range who I asked to see if it was his. He said no, but that someone had been hitting balls in that area earlier, and then left when another guy came along and they started talking. Evidently, he was distracted by the conversation and walked off without the monitor. Evidently, he put his clubs in his car and left. I turned it into the pro shop. They said that it was a very sophisticated unit, worth a pretty penny. But, had no idea where it came from. I really hope it was returned to its rightful owner and didn't get "lost" again in the pro shop.
good story lcgolfer, i lost my phone but did not have the luck you guys did.
When I find a high value item, I leave a note with my phone number at the Pro shop/hotel desk/taxi stand. Otherwise the Pro shop/ hotel desk/ taxi driver would probably just keep it themselves. It happened to me, someone turned in my very expensive scientific calculator to the hotel desk, then told me about it. Funny thing, no one at the desk ever saw it.
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