In a recent Wall Street Journal article, writer John Paul Newport discusses animal encounters on golf courses and the efforts of golf course architects to locate holes within a land’s existing formations while moving as little earth as possible.

Newport shares several stories of “run-ins” courses have had with animals. He reports that “larceny” is the theme of many stories, as birds, raccoons, and foxes steal everything from golf balls to cellphones. The author also describes some of the rules of golf that involve animals.

According to the article, golf has turned to more natural courses in recent years, and an evolving aesthetic among golfers may be behind such changes. Newport writes that golfers are increasingly showing a preference for more natural settings.

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