Golfing holidays have become increasingly popular over the past decade and are a perfect way to unwind and catch a tan, whilst also enabling a healthy dose of rivalry to take place during your break. If you’re thinking of booking such a sporting vacation, you’ll be pleased to know that golf courses are popping up at a steady rate in pretty much every country you can name. However if you’re looking for something a little more unique, there are also a number of golf courses which are bizarre enough to become talking points in their own right, even before you’ve managed to buckle your first club.
Here I have compiled some of the world’s unique and strangest golf courses and holes. I hope you will like it.
The Movable, Floating Green
Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course in Idaho is unique though its course 14th hole. According to its owner it is the world’s only floating Movable Island and due to its location is only reachable via its charming, dedicated Putter Boat shuttle.
Brickyard Crossing Golf Course
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is host to a number of high profile racing events due to its world-famous 2.5 mile track. What many people fail to realize however, is that within the confines of said track sits four holes of Brickyard Crossing Golf Resort. There’s even a water hazard within the track in the form of a lake.
Legend Golf & Safari Resort
The Legend Golf Resort, surely one of the most beautiful courses yet to be created. You need to jump in a helicopter to reach the tee, which is situated nearly half a kilometer above the green, near the tip of Hang Slip Mountain.
Truly International Golf
In Green Zone Golf Club 9 holes are in Finland, the other 9 in Sweden and you have the ability to play a round of golf in two countries at 2am whilst the sun is still shining. If that isn’t a unique golfing experience, I don’t know what is.
Coober Pedy Opal Fields
Coober Pedy, Southern Australia is without a single blade of grass. Due to the aforementioned heat, the majority of the golfing takes place at night using glowing balls.
The Longest Round
The 18 hole course only stretches 1,365 km along the coast of South Australia. Officially it is the world’s longest golf course with an average distance between holes of about 66 km.
The course’s designer, Desmond Muirhead, was asked to design 18 unique holes back in the late 1980s and whilst all were certainly interesting, none confused as many people as the 7th hole.
Himalayan Golf Club
Now picture a huge valley cut from the earth. In the center of the valley a pristine, bluish green river flows roughly through. Now place the coolest golf course you’ve ever seen etched into the landscape. You are at the Himalayan Golf Club in Pokhara, Nepal.
It is home to the World Ice Golf Championship and offers stunning views of icebergs and formations. It’s a lot like normal golf; except the greens are called whites and the golf balls are red. The course changes every year based on the position of the fjords and icebergs.
Prison View Golf Course, Angola, Louisiana
The nine-hole course was built and is maintained by prisoners, who aren’t allowed to play on it. It was designed by the prison dentist and appears to be much like any other golf course. Anyone wanting to play must apply 48 hours in advance so they can be screened, and play may be suspended at any time “due to institutional need or at the Warden’s discretion.”
Author Ahsan Mukhtar