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CVB Director Feature: Golf N Gator

Thu, Sep 04, 2014 at 1:06PM

This week, my husband and I decided to try out CVB member Golf N Gator! Golf N Gator is a mini golf facility that offers two 18-hole courses (one through a cave and one over a mountain) and a host of wildlife to get acquainted with via the well-trained staff!

Immediately when we walked in, we were greeted by a friendly staff member and a baby alligator lounging in a tank full of water. I also noticed a great section they have available to host a child’s birthday party! The gift shop offers a wide variety of goodies, including but not limited to T-shirts, glasses, alligator teeth and more! Golf N Gator also offers a selection of snack food items and ice cream!

After selecting our putters and golf balls, we headed out to the back where we were immediately greeted by a range of critters including snakes, a scorpion, a tarantula, a toad and lizard! The outside portion is manned by the knowledgeable staff members of Safari Todd Unlimited. As a constrictor curled itself around its handler we learned all about the wildlife held at the educational facility, including the little known fact (to us at least) that not one single human death has ever been attributed to a tarantula. Despite creating their own poisonous venom, the spiders prefer not to expend the energy biting unless they are truly threatened! 

After some fun petting the snake, we set off for our course. We chose to play the Mountain course which provided fun kid and adult friendly pars and a great view of the juvenile alligators and various fish on the premises. My husband may or may not have beaten me by a single point, but I will never admit to it. 

After the game we decided to take advantage of not only feeding the alligators, but holding one! We both got a photo opportunity with Al the friendly alligator (who conveniently had his mouth taped shut). His scaly body is made of keratin, the same material that makes up human finger nails and hair! I was surprised by how calm the two-year-old gator was, but I suppose when you are born in captivity (like all the alligators on display at Golf N Gator) and are used for educational purposes, you are a little more used to humans! The best part? Our photo with Al was then turned into two different magnets that we now proudly display on our fridge at home and here in my office at the Tourist Information Center!

We fed the pond full of alligators with hot dog pieces that we placed on the end of a pole! We personally got to hold the pole and watch them all come up in a feeding frenzy and vie for a piece. This is when we learned that alligators can jump out of the water by two thirds the height of their body length! It was truly a site to behold.

We had a fabulous time at Golf N Gator and we would recommend visitors and locals alike to go by for a round of golf and some wildlife education! The facility is open M-Th 10AM-9PM and Fri-Sat 10AM-10PM. Be sure to stop by the Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Tourist Information Center just a mile up the road at 8501 Astronaut Boulevard, Suite 4, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920 to grab an informational rack card and a coupon before your visit! For more information on Golf N Gator, please click here.

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A sleepy snake yawning!
A sleepy snake yawning!


My husband Chris and I with Al the alligator!
My husband Chris and I with Al the alligator!



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