The Mexico Open at Vidanta teed off yesterday and the course offered some unique challenges to the golfers.
What kind of challenges you may ask? Lightning fast greens, demanding tee shots, strategically placed sand traps, and swarms of bees.
One of those things above is not like the others.
The thousands of bees flying over the 10th hole at Vidanta Vallara caused every player, caddy, and cameraman to hit the deck to seek cover. Video coverage from the cameraman on the scene offers a pretty cool vantage point of the safety protocol for avoiding the flying insects.
The coverage of the event cuts over to professional golfer Erik Van Rooyen who is preparing to hit his second shot on the 10th hole before he dives to the ground and shouts:
“Bees, Bees, Bees, Bees.”
The commentators for the tournament can be heard after everyone falls to the grass saying:
“Uh oh, what’s happening here?
What was that?”
The analysts go on to explain that the players on the hole are getting swarmed by bees. One of the on-course commentators starts to explain that he is about 150 yards away from where the swarm of bees is crossing before his sentence is broken up by laughter after another camera cuts to all the caddies and golfers laying flat on the ground.
Easy to laugh when you aren’t in the thick of it.
The laughing commentators add:
“I’ve never seen this before. That is the most unusual thing I’ve ever seen on the golf course.”
I guess they haven’t ever seen Charles Barkley swing a golf club then if they are saying the bees are the strangest thing they’ve ever laid eyes on.
A+ to the Twitter user who posted this video and captioned it with this bee pun:
“I knew this was a B list event but…”
After the swarm passes by, the group stands back up on their feet and resumes play. Golf is known for having weather delays, but this might be the first “bee” delay in PGA history.
If you are a fan of the obscure, cult-classic TV show Arrested Development like myself, anytime you here the word “bees” you think of this scene.