A look at the world’s wildest golf course

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Staff at the ‘world’s wildest golf course’ claim they have to hide flags from hungry animals and even spotted an entire pride of lions sunbathing on the course.

Green keeper Jean Rossouw, 29, was completing his early morning tour of the course yesterday when he came face to face with eight lions and was forced to chase them off.

Mr Rossouw covers Skukuza Golf Course’s nine hole green in Kruger National Park, South Africa, each morning in order to assess the damage from their frequent unusual visitors.

Lovingly labelled ‘the wildest golf course in the world’ by Mr Rossouw, the grass of the green attracts mischievous leopards, lions, hyenas, elephants and giraffes – who often eat the equipment for a midnight snack.

Staff at the 'world's wildest golf course' claim they have to hide flags from hungry animals and even spotted an entire pride of lions sunbathing on the course. Pictured is a hyena dragging a baboon carcass across the course for its dinner

Staff at the ‘world’s wildest golf course’ claim they have to hide flags from hungry animals and even spotted an entire pride of lions sunbathing on the course. Pictured is a hyena dragging a baboon carcass across the course for its dinner

Lovingly labelled 'the wildest golf course in the world' by green keeper Jean Rossouw, 29, the course attracts many unusual visitors throughout the day and night

Lovingly labelled ‘the wildest golf course in the world’ by green keeper Jean Rossouw, 29, the course attracts many unusual visitors throughout the day and night

Mr Rossouw was completing his early morning tour of the course yesterday when he came face to face with eight lions and was forced to chase them off

Mr Rossouw was completing his early morning tour of the course yesterday when he came face to face with eight lions and was forced to chase them off

Mr Rossouw (pictured), from Skukuza, South Africa, said: 'The hyenas eat the flags and the elephants damage the trees. We have to take the flags and tee markers in at night so they don't eat them anymore'

Mr Rossouw (pictured), from Skukuza, South Africa, said: ‘The hyenas eat the flags and the elephants damage the trees. We have to take the flags and tee markers in at night so they don’t eat them anymore’

Mr Rossouw, from Skukuza, South Africa, said: ‘I would go as far to say Skukuza is the wildest golf course in the whole world.

‘The hyenas eat the flags and the elephants damage the trees. We have to take the flags and tee markers in at night so they don’t eat them anymore.

‘My job as green keeper is to drive around in the early mornings to see what’s on the golf course.

‘I’m on the course all day and I’m driving up and down to make sure there’s no dangerous animals near the people, so it’s fairly safe.

‘I found lions on the course this morning around 6.30am and chased them off with the vehicle. If you come across them you do get a bit of a fright, but they also get a fright.

‘I turned around and got a vehicle to drive in because you don’t want to face them head to head with a golf cart.

‘I also checked what the elephants damaged the night before because they knock down the trees.

The grass of the green attracts mischievous leopards, lions, hyenas, elephants and giraffes - who often eat the equipment for a midnight snack

The grass of the green attracts mischievous leopards, lions, hyenas, elephants and giraffes – who often eat the equipment for a midnight snack

Mr Rossouw added: 'I'm on the course all day and I'm driving up and down to make sure there's no dangerous animals near the people, so it's fairly safe'

Mr Rossouw added: ‘I’m on the course all day and I’m driving up and down to make sure there’s no dangerous animals near the people, so it’s fairly safe’

Staff at Skukusa Golf Club are forced to take flags and golf tees inside at night because the hyenas eat them

‘We’ve had no near misses. The animals do tend to keep their distance and they’re often scared of people.

‘But we’ve got a card and number so we do give it to the people and tell them if they see anything on the course to please phone and let the pro shop know.

‘We don’t have any fences around here, so the animals can be around whenever they like. They come and go but they tend to keep their distance.

‘We get quite a few of these incursions happening over time, but nothing’s happened with any tourists yet. Whenever they see people they tend to move off.’ 

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