Golf ball in a nest.

To: Graeme Chapman <>
Subject: Golf ball in a nest.
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 13:04:03 +1000
Hi Graeme,

I have just done a quick web search, and found reports of corvids stealing golf 
balls in Eire, the UK, USA South Africa and Bangladesh. Seems like a common 
problem. Perhaps the solution would be to change to cubic balls, which would 
not only deter the Corvids, but make the game  much more interesting.

Carl Clifford

> On 25 May 2015, at 11:50 am, Graeme Chapman 
> <> wrote:
> Hello Scott,
> Australian Ravens become quite a nuisance on some golf courses because they 
> steal golf balls and golfers get very cranky because if you don't actually 
> witness the bird stealing the ball, you are penalised for a lost ball.
> The ravens take the ball to a convenient place (like the nest you found, NOT 
> normally their own nest),  where they peck it fairly viciously trying to 
> "open" it. Even if you somehow get your golf ball back, it is usually so 
> roughed up with peck marks, that it is no longer usable. Tony, it would have 
> been an amazing putt indeed!
> Golf balls are a real mouthful for an Australian Raven. It would be 
> interesting to know if any of our other corvids are known to steal golf 
> balls, either because of different behaviour or because their bills (mouths) 
> are not as big.
> In Tasmania it would be easy to prove - only one species there and it is our 
> biggest corvid. Anybody know?
> Cheers
> Graeme Chapman, (4 handicap once upon a time, now probably 27. The joys of 
> getting older!)
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