Golfers Witness Two Large Hilton Head Alligators Fight It Out On The Fairway

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I hope everyone out there had a great Memorial Day Weekend. If you were fortunate enough to get out and play some golf over the 3-day weekend you were probably given a few blissful hours away from the chaos of the world, a brief respite from the never-ending barrage of news.

I was able to golf on Saturday morning in a two-some with no groups in front of us so we powered through 18-holes in about 2.5 hours. It was some of the fastest golf in years. And along the way I saw some Red-Tailed Hawks, Deer, Ospreys, a million other types of birds, and alligators of course. I’m down in Southwest Florida and you cannot go more than a mile without bumping into a gator. I am 100% serious when I say there’s a sizable alligator in the lake behind my (home) office right now as I’m typing this.

Alligators are everywhere throughout the Southeastern United States from the Coastal Carolinas on through Georiga, Florida, and across the Gulf Coast States into Southeast Texas. And while seeing them might be a common occurrence, seeing two large alligators get into a violent fight in the middle of the fairway is not something you see every day.

These two gators were seen fighting in the fairways at The Golf Club at Hilton Head Lakes in Hardeeville and golfers managed to get a clip of the action up close. If you are easily disturbed by wild animals fighting then this might not be for you, just a word of caution. But it’s not anything most of you can’t handle.

According to the golfer who took the video, this fight between the two large alligators went on for two long hours with neither alligator willing to give up. Matthew Proffitt told FOX35Orlando that “They would lay still for a few minutes, with their jaws locked on each other, and then try to roll or shake.”

I’ve had some wild alligator encounters over the years but I can’t ever recall a time when I saw two large gators fighting it out on the fairway for an extended period of time. Alligator mating season generally occurs from May through June so that might explain what was happening here, fighting for the territory and proximity to another alligator.