Ok, you ask what does being a high handicap golfer and alligators have in common? Well as I mentioned in the first paragraph I hit my ball left and right and seldom in the fairway. As such, I am often beating the bushes looking for my ball. Where I live in the mountains of SW Virginia this is not much of an issue when your ball is in the tall grass or in the woods. You push the bushes aside and sometimes you may come across a green snake or something but most of the stuff is harmless. But, playing golf on Bald Head Island can sometimes be an adventure. You see there are alligators that live in the ponds and water hazards along the golf course on BHI.
So when you hit that errant shot near the water on BHI you should scout out the area before you go searching for your ball. Sometimes you see an alligator lurking in the shallows while at other times they crawl right up on the course and sun themselves. So, in conclusion, be careful and if you are a high handicap golfer beware there are are alligators around and use cheap balls!