When I first moved to Florida in 1993, I met a few good dudes at church who invited me to join them for a round of golf. During physical therapy school, I had become an avid golfer (before kids #2 and 3), so I was happy to go.
Somewhere around the 7th tee, I had my first experience with a real live Florida alligator.
As I stepped up for my drive, I noticed some movement on the bank of the creek adjacent to the tee box. Upon further observation, I was surprised to see about a 5 ft long gator laying in the sun.