Pets & Animals

Enormous alligator rumbles down fairway at Florida course, stunning golfers

Usually being on the fairway is a good thing for golfers, unless an enormous alligator that looks like it already ate two bags of clubs and a cart happens to be lumbering down the same path.

Golfer Charlie Helms, 56, was hitting the links with a friend at Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto, Florida, over the weekend when he saw a massive alligator ambling down the fairway to get to a lake next to the third hole.

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Helms filmed the gator's stroll, while another golfer also whipped out his phone to grab some footage. Luckily, the giant gator never put on his right blinker and started coming toward the two of them, instead slowly making his way to the lake to cool off.

"It is very common to see alligators on a Florida golf course and they're typically not a threat to golfers," Helms told Golf.com. "Wild alligators are shy and will not bother you unless you provoke it or corner it so it feels threatened."

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And it hasn't been confirmed whether it's the gator that bit off Chubbs' hand in "Happy Gilmore,'' the large reptile, estimated at 15 to 16 feet long, is actually a regular at Buffalo Creek Golf Course.

"People have heard that he is out here and that is all they want to see so they will bring spectators to ride so somebody can get a picture," pro shop clerk Wendy Schofield told NBC affiliate KSNV. "He doesn't bother anybody and they don't bother him. He's like a mascot for the course."

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