Professional wakeboarder Steel Lafferty told FOX 35 the alligator moved within feet of his ball before he took his shot at the ChampionGate Country Club on Wednesday.
He posted a video of the run-in with a caption saying, “Golfing in Florida is just different.”
“I wakeboard professionally so I’m always in the water and I’ve kind of been around gators my whole life. There was a bit of a worry, but it seemed like he was doing his own thing so I let him go,” he told CNN.
Lafferty told FOX 35 the alligator eventually disappeared into a lake near the green.