There was a late-afternoon fivesome that wandered up to the first tee area at the Algonkian Regional Park golf course on Oct. 5, looking to play around a bit.
The group didn’t have a tee time, but that didn’t matter to this particular fivesome of deer. They would stand and graze a bit at the tee area, moving around slowly and picking at the fairway grass near the cart path. A couple of friends arrived to join what then became a sevensome.
There were no human golfers in close proximity (50 feet or so), but then deer at the Algonkian course are pretty much on speaking terms with humans. The two groups basically co-exist on the course. Those many human-made noises at Algonkian don’t really scare off the deer, as they have become accustomed to all of that clatter over the years.
That was the case this particular afternoon. Eventually, the fivesome headed off down the fairway, a couple venturing off alone into the woods. Maybe they were searching for golf balls.
Deer have been incredibly abundant at the park for decades. Certainly be careful driving into and out of the place, or ride in a golf cart on the course, for that matter. The animals are everywhere on the course. They are on putting greens and gather in large clusters on the driving range. They routinely cross fairways and stand close to human golfers when they hit shots.
As many as eight deer crossed the road in the same pack early one evening as darkness fell, right in front of a car, forcing it to stop and wait.
Again, that’s a common occurrence at Algonkian, where foursomes, fivesomes, eightsomes, probably even thirtysomethings of deer at times regularly approach tees, greens and fairways looking to play around a bit.
They far outnumber the golfers.
– Dave Facinoli