Alligator Attack!
By mustang6560 on 5/2/12
Remember when Brian Gay's caddie successfully fought off the little 10-foot alligator with a bunker rake? Well, not every alligator encounter ends as anticlimactically.
No one saw an alligator, Price said, but in retrospect believes they should have been more cautious because of that.

Miller went over to the edge of the water with a ball retriever tool, and found two balls that weren't his, so he turned to leave.

That's when the alligator launched at him from under the water and got him by his left knee.

"He lifted me up three feet and slammed me down," Miller said.
I think there is a wrestling move in there somewhere - "The Alligata' Slamma'".

From the sounds of it, the man who was attacked was just at the wrong place at the wrong time. He admitted he could have been more vigilant around the water, but if an alligator lunges at you, there's not much you can do except say a prayer and hold on!

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GolfSmith7 says:
That is nuts, that is why I don't mess with balls near the water, its not worth it!
bkuehn1952 says:
I tend to forget what state I am in when in FL. In MI, there are not many things that can kill & eat you on our courses. A while back in FL I was standing near a hazard while another player hit. I noticed a ball lying in shallow water. I pondered how much effort it would be to work myself down a relatively steep bank to scoop it out with my wedge. That is when I noticed an alligator sort of idling nearby, undoubtedly hoping I would decide to go after the ball.
jrbizzle says:
I agree bkuehn, very little to worry about in MI, other than maybe being charged by a goose - for the record, they bite hard, my Dad can verify that.

I was in NC golfing, and went to look for a ball in the woods, and got yanked backwards by my playing partner. Apparently North Carolina has copperhead snakes in every single county. I lost a few more balls than usual that day, but at least I didn't have to practice my punch shot through the trees.
GolfSmith7 says:
I wonder if the gator's plant the balls as bait? Could they have learned something like that instinctively? Makes you go hmmm
Bryan K says:
In western North Dakota, there are a few rattlesnakes about. But they warn you when you get too close. Most people who get bitten by rattlers are actually trying to catch them for some crazy reason.
Ben Crane says:
Where's Troy Landry when you need him?

Choot 'em, Liz'bet
cvargo says:
Same here Bryan. In Utah all I look out for are Rattle Snakes. And I have spotted a few.
Duke of Hazards says:
mostly bunnies, deer and snakes in so cal, although I have encountered both a coyote in the parking lot and a chicken on the first tee 'mat' of this little ghetto 9-hole track in the barrio a few miles from here, must've roamed out of someone's yard across the street
Matt F says:
Good one Ben!
Bryan K says:
You know, the most dangerous creatures I´ve ever encountered on a golf course were a couple of gang members who were crossing the fairway at a track I played in North Omaha a few years back. I hit my tee shot, looked up, and they just appeared out of nowhere with my ball heading right for them. They were completely oblivious to the fact that I yelled ¨Fore!¨.
tartantoml says:
(Florida) An experienced golf employee friend told me that once the gators get big enough to cause problems, the course staff feed them marshmallows. They come up and eat members' golf balls and can be reported as nuisance gators and can be removed. Just don't feed them twinkies that look like golf shoes!

Personal note: I have been to the gator shows where they can jump 4 feet vertical to take a bird (chicken dinner dangled) from flight. STAY AWAY!
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