That Giant Alligator Spotted On a Florida Golf Course Isn’t Just Real, He’s Beloved

“He doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him.”

Recent viral video of a disturbingly huge alligator loping across a Florida golf course brought immediate suspicion it was some kind of Bigfoot-style hoax. But those 30 seconds seemingly straight out of a Spielberg film aren’t cleverly edited trickery. That ginormous gator is real, and stranger still, staff at the Buffalo Creek Golf Course where he strolls the greens love him. 

Speaking to News 3 TV, shop clerk Wendy Schofield said the gator “doesn’t bother anybody and they don’t bother him.” Moreoever, said Schofield, “he’s like a mascot for the course, which is owned by Manatee County.”

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The gator, which measures 16 feet at minimum, is actually a selling point for the course. “The word has spread that this is a great place to come and play,” Schofield told the TV station, “He is the highlight, but we are worth the price too.”

We’d suggest that if they’re so happy with the big guy, the Buffalo Creek staff consider saddling him and offering rides. Sure it seems ill-advised, given he’s a gigantic, predatory reptile, but they are in Florida, and as we know, just about anything can and often does happen there. 

h/t News 3 LV