If you've followed your alligators-on-golf-course news in the last 18 months or so, you know Myakka Pines Golf Club in Florida has become the epicenter of the topic. From the 15-ish-foot-long Goliath gator to some other big boys roaming on all fours, Myakka Pines is the place to be to see a monster gator on the golf course.
But we didn't know how quickly the gators could lumber along the fairways until we saw this video.
Linda Jameson was playing at Myakka Pines with her husband when they stopped to let a famous Myakka Pines gator cross the fairway. At first, the gator is taking its normal pace to get toward the water hazard at the other side of the hole. However, with maybe 20 yards to go, the gator turns on the after-burners and does a belly flop into the water hazard.
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The speed shocks the Jamesons, but this is an example of exactly why experts always say to run in a zig-zag pattern if you're being chased by an alligator. You'll never beat them in a north-south contest, but they aren't the best at moving laterally.