Burguillo, the superintendent at the Golf Club of the Everglades in Naples, Fla., and a three-year GCSAA member, sent me these eye-opening photos earlier in the week of Catalina, a wild Florida panther that has decided to make the golf course her home. But to call Catalina (a name bestowed upon the panther by Burguillo and his crew) a pest would be a little harsh; maybe more like a club mascot. So far, her appearances have done little more than slow play and required a little extra bunker raking (see right).
Burguillo estimates Catalina checks in at about 150 pounds and stands more than 3 feet tall — certainly not your ordinary house cat. And they're also just guessing that Catalina is indeed a female panther. With good reason, they've decided against attempting to make a closer examination.