Golf is not often seen as a dangerous pastime.
Mr Hong has not played golf since the incident
But 42-year-old company director Terry Hong Kee Siong needed 38 stitches after a crocodile grabbed his leg as he was playing at Malaysia's A Famosa Resort.
Mr Hong is now suing the resort for damages, saying he has not hit a golf ball since the incident, which happened in January.
Mr Hong said he was looking for his golf ball at the seventh hole, when he stepped on what he thought was a piece of wood.
"It turned out to be a crocodile," he said. "It bit me."
The reptile then attempted to drag him into a pond, but he managed to escape by hitting it on the head, local media said.
This is not the first time Malaysian golfers have had to cope with unexpected guests during play.
Gibbons often turn up to watch, and a five-metre python made an appearance on a Malaysian golf course in February.