Venomous snake pops out of hole on 2nd green, stunning golfers, Australia video shows
A large venomous snake popped out of a hole at Australia’s The Coast Golf Club and, to their credit, the golfers stood their ground.
The course in southern Sydney shared video on Jan. 27 showing the snake went from completely hidden to sprawled across the green in a matter of seconds.
It was identified as a red-bellied black snake, which can grow to 6.5 feet and have venom that causes “nausea, vomiting, headache, abdominal pain, diarrhea, sweating ... and red-brown urine.”
The golf course took the visit in stride.
“Everyone needs a break from the heat when it’s this hot, even the wildlife. This little fella was found by our Ladies taking refuge in the hole on the 2nd green today,” The Coast Golf Club wrote on Instagram.
“The 4ft red belly black hung around and watched a few groups come through before moving on.”
Course officials added that the ladies “were happy to take the two putts offered to them and move on.”
Red-bellied black snakes are native to the “rugged” area around the course, which offers “a challenging 18 hole sea-side links-style golf course.”
The Coast Golf Club says it chooses to co-exist with the snakes.
“These snakes, although venomous, will leave us alone if we leave them alone,” the course explained. “This little guy ended up leaving by himself after a while.”
The video had more than 27,000 views as of Feb. 2 on Facebook, and racked up hundreds of reactions and comments, including people who wondered if the snake was too dangerous to be hiding in holes on a golf course.
Many more offered jokes, however, suggesting the snake be “classed as an immovable object.”
“Finally a decent excuse for missing short!” Joseph Curnow posted on Facebook. “He can keep it! I’ll head to the clubhouse!”
“Not the time to get a hole in one!” Rich Reiff said.
“Best practice is get a rake and assist the red belly in moving on, or cut a new cup. At the extreme, take the hole out of play,” The GolfRules Question Podcast wrote on Instagram.
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