Steve The Croc Scares Me From Thousands Of Miles Away
By Kickntrue on 2/22/10
I know I should never say never, but I NEVER want to play a golf course that names their course crocs.
An Australian golf course boasts the world's most dangerous water hazard: a lake with a 1.8 metre (six foot) crocodile.

The croc, nicknamed Steve, has been lurking at Willows Golf Resort for more than a week, attracting near-daily sightings but a conspicuous lack of panic.

"It's not scaring anyone -- it's par for the course in North Queensland," shrugged manager Adrian Lawson. "North Queenslanders are used to seeing this kind of thing."
Clearly even the North Queenslanders are braver than me. In my head, I realize the likelihood of being mauled by a croc or gator is low, but I have to think your chances are even lower if you never hang out with one. I WANT to appreciate all God's creatures, great and small, but I can't for the life of me figure out why these guys exist. What is their purpose other than scaring me and eating babies?

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[ comments ]
Ward says:
if it's a freshy (fresh water croc) than it's not dangerous, it's the salty's you have to watch out for!!!
2/22/10
 
lcgolfer64 says:
Crocs, Alligators, Snakes (and an occasional swan that are way over-protective on one of the local courses I play) are definitely OB for me.
If I'm down south of the Mason-Dixon Line and pull a shankapotomus, it's staying a 'lost ball.' I like my arms and legs just the way they are, their regular length...
2/22/10
 
Bryan K says:
you know, Australia is a beautiful country full of diverse creatures....most of which get eaten by the monsters that live there. I'm afraid I'll balk at the opportunity to play on any course that has carnivores larger than me as part of the local scenery. I think I'll also balk at the opportunity to visit any country where the national language is screaming.
2/22/10
 
falcon50driver says:
A few years ago I was water skiing and hit a pretty big alligator and fell. The spotter saw what happened and told the driver to turn around immediately. It wasn't necessary , because I almost passed the boat about 35 mph swimming to get back in the boat. This was about the time I gave up waterskiing and took up golf.
2/23/10
 
Matt F says:
@bjohn13 - we don't scream, but we do talk fast.

Matt
2/23/10
 
mjaber says:
It's the geese around here that make me nervous. I've had them charge at me before, and they are NOT nice creatures.
2/23/10
 
falcon50driver says:
Geese are no match for a 9 iron.
2/23/10
 
lcgolfer64 says:
@Mjaber and Merlin
Yeah the geese around here too, especially in numbers. But those swans - wow they're big!
2/23/10
 
mmontisano says:
squirrels are the biggest problem at my local munis. thieves ... that's what they are.
2/23/10
 
Bryan K says:
@mwfaith1971: no disrespect intended...I actually think that Australia would be a great place to visit. However, you have to admit that you do have some rather vicious creatures down under. I think I could deal with the snakes, crocs and whatnot...just keep me out of the ocean. What scares me are the spiders. I'm okay with spiders as long as they don't, say, eat people. That's just a little bit creepy to me.
2/23/10
 
Matt F says:
@bjohn13 - there's only a couple of spiders you have to worry about and as a tourist, probably even less. The funnel-web spider (2nd deadliest on earth) I have never seen outside of a zoo in all my life (Born and lived in Sydney for 35 years before moving here), redbacks...a meaner version of the blackwidow, you squash em or use fly spray...too easy. I'd be more worried about drowning or being hit by a bus than the creatures. Giv them respect and a wide birth and you'll be fine.

Matt
2/24/10
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
@bjohn13: You must have already read Bill Bryson's hilarious and must-read book "In a Sunburned Country" ( www.amazon.com/Sunburned-Country-Bill-Bryson/dp/

Matt, I think you're right, although if I were visiting Sydney, the only dangerous creature I'd take care to avoid would be Barry Hall. :>
3/1/10
 
Torleif Sorenson says:
OK, let's try THIS link: ( www.amazon.com/Sunburned-Country-Bill-Bryson/dp/

- Tor in Saint Paul MN
3/1/10
 
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