Know the Hazards

As an avid golfer, I’ve had my fair share of near-misses and harrowing experiences on the course. But none compare to the time I almost ended up in the drink at Eagle Ridge Golf Club. It was a sunny Saturday morning, and I was gearing up for a round with my buddy Steve. We had heard all about the legendary hazards at Eagle Ridge, but nothing could have prepared us for what was to come.

Tee-Off Troubles

We teed off on the first hole, eager to tackle the challenging layout. Steve went first, and his drive soared down the fairway, just barely avoiding the thick rough on the right. “Nice one, dude!” I shouted, feeling a twinge of envy. When it was my turn, I stepped up to the tee, took a deep breath, and swung with all my might. The ball rocketed off the club face, but instead of sailing straight down the middle, it veered sharply to the left, heading straight for the water hazard.

“Nooo!” I cried, watching in slow motion as my ball plopped into the murky pond, sending up a splash that seemed to mock my golfing skills. Steve couldn’t help but chuckle at my misfortune, but I was too busy berating myself to care. [1] As a young and new golfer, I had clearly underestimated the dangers that lurked around every corner at Eagle Ridge.

Treacherous Traps

Undeterred, we pressed on, navigating our way through the meticulously manicured fairways and strategically placed bunkers. On the fourth hole, I found myself staring down a particularly nasty-looking sand trap. “I got this,” I told Steve, confidently stepping into the trap and swinging with all my might. But instead of sending the ball soaring onto the green, I watched in horror as it dribbled a mere few feet from the lip of the bunker.

[2] Turns out, working with knives and hot objects in the kitchen hadn’t exactly prepared me for the challenges of bunker play. I spent the next several frustrating minutes hacking away at the sand, desperately trying to escape the trap. Finally, with a sigh of relief, I managed to land the ball on the green, only to three-putt my way to a disastrous double bogey.

Risky Roughs

As we made our way around the course, the hazards only seemed to multiply. The thick, lush roughs that lined the fairways proved to be treacherous traps, ready to swallow up any errant shots. [3] On the par-5 seventh hole, I watched in horror as my drive sailed into the jungle-like rough, disappearing from sight.

“Ah, man, that’s a goner for sure,” Steve said, shaking his head. But I refused to give up so easily. Steeling my nerves, I plunged into the thick vegetation, hacking and slashing my way towards the elusive ball. [4] After what felt like an eternity, I finally emerged, ball in hand, but covered in scratches and dirt. It was a hard-fought victory, but one that left me feeling more battle-scarred than triumphant.

Mastering the Hazards

By the time we reached the back nine, I was thoroughly humbled by the relentless onslaught of hazards at Eagle Ridge. But with each challenge, I learned a valuable lesson. [5] I discovered that the key to conquering the course was not just brute strength, but rather a combination of precision, strategy, and a healthy dose of humility.

As I stood on the 18th tee, reflecting on the rollercoaster of a round, I couldn’t help but feel a newfound respect for the course and its many dangers. [6] Eagle Ridge had taught me that in the game of golf, knowledge truly is power – and that those who take the time to understand the hazards are the ones who will emerge victorious.

With a newfound determination, I vowed to return to Eagle Ridge, armed with a deeper understanding of the course and its challenges. After all, as the old saying goes, “Forewarned is forearmed” – and in the world of golf, that’s a lesson that can make all the difference.


[1] WorkSafeBC. (n.d.). Know the Hazards. Retrieved from

[2] U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2020). E-cigarettes. Retrieved from

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[4] California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. (n.d.). MyHazards. Retrieved from

[5] Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. (n.d.). Worker Health and Safety Awareness Workbook. Retrieved from

[6] Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. (n.d.). Know Your Hazards. Retrieved from

[7] Federal Emergency Management Agency. (n.d.). Be Informed. Retrieved from

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