Last year they said, 'Later gator!' but he didn't stay away for long. Officials with the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course confirm an alligator has returned to the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at Capitol Hill.
Bill Lang with RTJ Prattville says the gator is the real deal. "He's big, old and slow," said Lang. "We warn golfers and have not had issues with it."
The gator is familiar with golfers at the RTJ. After sharing pictures of the large reptile taken by Megan Brown's husband, golfer Byron Jackson said he had a similar encounter with it in May of 2012. He managed to get video of the incident.
Brown said her husband stumbled onto the gator on the Judge course near a bunker on hole #4.
"The gator did not cause us any problems," Jackson said of his encounter last year. "It seemed like he was sunbathing and enjoying a wonderful day until some golfers came by and chased him away." Jackson said seeing the creature "really made my day. I'm glad to see him back, and I plan on making another trip to the R.T.J. and I hope to see Mr. Gator again."
Alligators are sometimes part of the territory when it comes to golf courses, Lang said. There was one seen during the PGA tour last week in New Orleans.
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