I am home today fighting off the jet lag and received a call from Bill Coore, who has been on site looking at a property where we might both do courses. I'm scheduled to go back in a month.Tom-
It was a nice conversation and when we were finished, he kindly reminded me, "Don't forget to bring light colored pants, so you can see where all the ticks are."
Probably a crazy question but when you are walking a potential site or actually in the construction phase are poisonous snakes much of an issue? I bet those guys who built TPC Sawgrass could tell some stories!
I only saw a few dozen in 45 years, even stepping on two water mocs who were still sort of snoozing from their winter hibernation. We always kept a pair of snake guards in the closet for use when walking sites.
In Indonesia, I wore sunglasses for both obvious reasons plus after one of those spitting Cobras stuck up many yards in front of me and I wasn't sure of their spitting range.
When Lyme disease was a big thing, they recommended putting your pants over your socks when walking the sites, which I did. Many times going to lunch or dinner I forgot they were that way and got some funny looks in restaurants or convenience stores when I walked in.
As far as I know, Frank Duane was the only architect to be paralyzed from a 1965 insect bite in the field that caused Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a debilitating disease that soon confined him to a wheelchair. Duane worked extensively with both Robert Trent Jones and Arnold Palmer. Somehow, despite traveling alone, he still made the long, arduous trip from New York in 1973-74 to the Big Sky project in Montana, with a difficult transfer from Minneapolis, but later was confined to local projects near where he lived.