Golfing With Al E. Gator

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Posted by Dexter Francois | Posted in , | Posted on Saturday, April 3, 2010

I played at Miami International Links/Melreese Country Club yesterday. I have been wanting to play there for a while. The course is located right next to Miami International Airport and depending on the flight pattern you can see the course as you land.

They have recently renovated and have done an excellent job with the facilities and the course was in great shape. It was windy so it made for a tough day. We teed off from the blue tees which measures 6613 yards, but it played longer because of the conditions.

The foursome was made up of myself, Hurchell, Marc, and Kevin. The highlight of the round came on our approach shots into the par 4 13th green. I left my second shot just short of the green and grabbed my wedge and putter and left Marc with the cart while he and the others hit there shots.

As I got to my ball Kevin shouts over to me, "Hey Dex. See if that's my ball in front of that alligator." Alligator! I thought he was joking, but as I got closer to where he was pointing, there, sitting on the bank, was an alligator.

Kevin's ball had ended up within ten feet of the alligator. We had an encounter with an Iguana we called Iggy during another round but this was on another level. Kevin contemplated his next move and decided to take the shot.

As Kevin inched over to his ball, Hurchell captured the moment on his iPhone. I don't think Kevin could concentrate on his shot. If you notice in the video he takes a look at the alligator a couple of times, swings, and then takes off after the shot. I guess he really did not want to take a penalty stroke.

I can't wait to play this course again. I didn't play my best and now that I know the course I think I can score better. I'm going to practice my putting a lot this week. I'm still missing too many short-ish putts. If I can eliminate the three putts, my scores will continue to improve.

Have a good one and always hit your target.



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Posted: 4/2/2010 •
(international links of miami) Tees: Blue, Par: 71

international links of miami Front Nine
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Out
Par
4
3
4
5
3
4
5
3
4

35

6 6 6 6 4 6 5 3 5
47
FIR:




# Putts: 1 2 3 2 2 1 2 1 2
16

Back Nine
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
In
Par
4
5
3
4
4
3
4
5
4

36

6 6 5 5 5 3 5 6 5
46
FIR:



# Putts: 2 2 3 2 2 2 1 2 2
18

Pars: 3
Bogeys: 9
Doubles: 5
Other: 1
Par 3 Avg: 4.2
Par 4 Avg: 5.4
Par 5 Avg: 5.8
FIR: 9 / 13
GIR: 2 / 18
Putts: 34
Putts per GIR: 2.0
Scrambling: 1 / 16
Bounce Backs: 2 / 14


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Comments (2)

  1. April 24, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    that is a crocodile!
    alligators look different!

  2. April 24, 2011 at 10:33 PM

    I think you might be right my Anonymous friend. Thanks for the insight. In S. Florida we see more alligators than crocs, so I made the assumption. I'm certainly no Herpetologist. Just someone who likes golf. Makes for a good title for my post though:-)