Gargantuan gator invades golf course

Gator believed to be between 14 and 15 feet long

This alligator was spotted roaming a golf course in Palmetto.

PALMETTO, Fla. – A pair of golfers got quite a surprise when a large alligator interrupted their game, WPLG in Orlando reports.

Charles Helms posted a video of the gator encounter to his Facebook page after coming across the giant reptile at the Buffalo Creek Golf Course in Palmetto.  

In a phone interview with WFTS, Helms said the gator was so large that he thought it was fake.

"I didn't know if we were being punked or something," Helms said.  

Helms and his friend estimate the gator was anywhere between 14- and 15-feet long.  

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the largest gator ever caught in the state of Florida was 14 feet and 3.5 inches. 

WATCH: YouTube video of giant gator below:

Alligators are fairly common in the waters of East Texas and South Texas, and one was recently spotted on Calaveras Lake. 

READ: Alligator caught near Guadalupe River in Spring Branch

Local kayaker and angler Eugene Mora posted a video of a large gator floating in the waters of Calaveras Lake near the dam.  

Mora told KSAT the gator appeared to be about 7- to 8-feet long.

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RJ Marquez has been at KSAT since 2010. He's covered a variety of stories and events across the San Antonio area, and is the lead reporter for KSAT Explains. He also covers the Spurs for on-air and digital platforms. You can see RJ regularly on KSAT Explains and Good Morning San Antonio. He also writes a weekly Spurs newsletter.