In May 2016 Charles Helms was taking part in what should have been a simple round of golf at Buffalo Creek. And while this particular course is somewhat known for its alligators – this is Florida, after all – nothing could have prepared Helms for what happened next. You see, as Helms played the third hole, an enormous beast ambled onto the fairway and left everyone there flabbergasted.
So just how common is the sight of an alligator at this Palmetto-based club? Well, according to some golfers, it’s pretty much par for the course. “This is a great course because you see a lot of gators out here, and there’s some real big ones,” golfer Mike Taketa explained to CBS News in August 2016.
Taketa continued, “They’ll be fighting and running across, so it’s a pretty interesting course. It’s fun. We like watching those guys.” Yet as “interesting” as that must be, players are seemingly not all that bothered by the roaming alligators. In fact, they apparently just carry on playing when they see them.