But that's what happened to Pablo Larrazabal who was given the scare of his life on the course in Kuala Lumpur on Friday when he was attacked by a swarm of angry hornets and had to dive into a lake to escape.
Larrazabal was playing the 14th hole of his second round at the Maybank Malaysian Open when he was suddenly attacked by the giant insects — which he described as "three times the size of bees."
The 30-year-old Spaniard was forced to flee from the swarm and, after failing to shoo his attackers with his shirt, jumped into the lake and took cover under water in a desperate bid to shake off the insects.
"I've never been so scared," admitted Larrazabal afterwards. "They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. I didn't know what to do. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, so the other players told me to jump in the lake."
A stunned Larrazabal eventually emerged from the water, dried off and received several injections to treat the stings he suffered.
Incredibly, Larrazabal then resumed his round and he shot a remarkable score of 68 — four under par — which included two birdies after the terrifying incident.
Call it golf's version the birdies and the bees.