Golfers of the 42nd annual Kitty Michael Golf International Invitational, an amateur event for female golfers held at the Longboat Key Club, learned the laws of the land as they watched balls get plucked away and deposited into palm fronds.
If you’ve golfed on Longboat Key before, you’ve likely heard of the “crow rule.” The infamously clever birds rule the roost on the Longboat Key Club’s courses and golfers often get their balls stolen by them. The club instituted a crow rule to combat the crows and allows golfers to replace their ball in the correct spot if they see a crow try to take their ball.
But if you haven’t taken to the links of Longboat Key, you’re probably wondering just how sneaky these birds could be.
“One golfer had three balls taken in one day,” Bermuda captain Katrin Burnie said.
A few golfers had been playing the Kitty Michael long enough to be making their second appearance on the Links, but many made their way to the Key for the first time. Burnie came three days in advance of the tournament to soak up the atmosphere, walk the beaches and visit the area.