Cool Courses: weird and wonderful golfing around the world
Wednesday 21, July 2010
Suggestion from Skyscanner: looking for a golf course with a difference? Try one of these courses for a round with a twist.
Cliff Top Golf - Algarve
As the name suggests, this golf course weaves through pine trees sitting on a cliff top that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. Easily reached from Faro, this nine hole course requires precise play; the ‘Devil’s Parlour’ known throughout the golfing world, it is a challenging PAR 3 which crosses a chasm below the cliffs and offers incredible views over the ocean.
Desert Golf - Dubai
The lush greens of the Els Club desert course make a stark contrast to the shifting sands that surround it. Designed by US Open Champion Ernie Els, it was awarded “Best New International Course” by Links Magazine. Stretching 7,538 yards from the tips, it features four sets of teeing areas and its dramatic topography means it’s an aesthetically stunning and exciting course to play. Golfers from all over the come to Dubai to tee off amongst this dunescape.
Volcano Golf – Lanzarote
You might be surprised to hear that Lanzarote, a dry volcanic island out in the Atlantic can produce the golfing goods, but thanks to the advent of de-salination plants, it’s now possible to grow the rich grass needed for a top class course. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, the Lanzarote Golf Resort in Puerto del Carmen offers punters the chance to play amongst mature palm trees with sea views. The course can be reached from the UK in just four hours on flights to Lanzarote.
Moonscape Golf – Coober Pedy Australia
The mining town of Coober Pedy’s golf course has no trees, grass or greens of any kind; essentially it’s one enormous sand bunker. Its nine holes are dug into dirt mounds of sand, diesel and oil, and the game is mostly played at night with glowing balls to avoid the high daytime temperatures. Golfers take a small piece of Astroturf around to use for teeing off, but there is one big benefit of membership; the Coober Pedy golf club is the only club in the world to enjoy reciprocal rights at The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.
Naked Golf – La Jenny, France
If you’re keen on developing your golfing skills as nature intended, La Jenny naturist resort in South West France offers Europe’s only naked golf course. There are six holes spread over nine hectares, as well as an indoor and outdoor driving range. Golfers should pay particular attention to the putting of their balls and should also watch where they swing.
Ice Golf – Uummannaq, Greenland
Forget the greens; when playing ice golf everything is white, apart from the ball, which is red. Far from being a new invention, ice golf was being played right back in the 17th century on frozen canals in Holland where it was known as ‘Kolven’. Aside from the backdrop of snow and icebergs, the game is similar to traditional golf, although certainly the rules have been adjusted to suit the cool conditions that prevail over ice. At the end of March each year, Uummannaq hosts the annual World Ice Golf championship where golf enthusiasts from all over the world come to test their snow swing!
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