Golf is a beautiful sport, for so many different reasons ranging from the slow pace and the nuance in the techniques all the way to the appreciation of the scenery of the field. Different people love golf for different reasons too, of course. But, no one can deny that the vastness of the greenery is a big part of why people spend time on the field. The all too famous green landscape wherever you look – trimmed grass, some small hills and ponds here and there. Well – that’s a regular field that you, as a golfer, are probably used to. Even if you don’t play golf, that must be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a golf field.
While such golf courses are indeed the most common ones, there are some golf fields out there that are very different. In fact, so different that you might have to start thinking about golf differently. If you want to learn more about such unusual and interesting golf courses, you have come to the right place. Let’s begin!
Lofoten Links in Gimsøysand, Norway
What better way to start this list than to do so with Lofoten Links. This Golf course is spectacular even for just sitting down on the grass and enjoying the view – not to mention actually playing. This golf course is located 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Its location makes it quite difficult to get there, and it is considered one of the most remote courses out there. That being said, its location and its remoteness aren’t enough to keep a huge number of visitors from all over the world.
The course itself is equipped with half a dozen holes. These holes are perched on a spectacular setting – you will be playing on cliffs that overlook the Norwegian sea. The best aspect of it all? Since you can play at all hours, if you pick the right time, while you play, you will see the Northern Lights above you, dancing across the sky. Now, that’s not something that you get to experience every day! Of course, the course is demanding due to the fact that its landscape is not all that usual, adding to the fact that you will probably experience some faults with your golf swing here and there. After some time and with the right technique though, you will get used to the landscape in no time. And considering how beautiful this course is, the whole experience truly is worth it.
The Golf Club of Rovaniemi, Finland
Rovaniemi is a small town in Finland, and it is home to a very special golf course. First of all, if you are a fan of animals, you should know that there is a high probability that you will run into a reindeer. Yes, reindeers can be found freely roaming around the area! Second of all, you should know that you can play golf here throughout the entire year. Yes, even in winter, which makes the entire experience all the more unusual. Say goodbye to regular old greenery, and say hello to a snowy, white landscape.
The fact that there is snow there brings out a really fun aspect of golfing here. Instead of fairway trolleys, you will be using sleds. Now, how are you even going to ever find your white ball in such a landscape? Well, luckily for you, you will actually be using bright orange golf balls. Finally, don’t forget to pack warm winter clothes, your lucky t-shirt isn’t going to do you much good in these settings.
Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort, USA
Here’s a golf course that is truly unique and incomparable to anything else out there. This course, Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort is located in Idaho, USA. What makes this course so unique is that it is home to the probably most well-known hole in the world of golf. The hole is famously called “The Floating Green”. If this sounds like an island, it’s because it literally is an island. That’s right, there is an artificial island created specifically for a hole in this golf course. For most golfers out there, Coeur d’Alene is on their bucket list when it comes to golf courses that they want to visit.
So, how do you even get to the island once you actually land your ball on the island? Worry not, you don’t have to swim, there is a famous “Putter” boat that will ferry you to the island. Once you get the ball in the hole, you board the “Putter” again, and off you go. In any case, this golf course is definitely among the most unusual ones.
Himalayan Golf Club, Nepal
Who wouldn’t like golfing while enjoying the magnificent view of the Himalayas? Well, if this is something that piques your interest, the Himalayan Golf Club in Nepal is there to grant you that wish. More specifically, it is located around 7 km from the town called Pokhara. In fact, this golf course is one of just two 18-hole golf courses in the entire Nepal!
This golf course offers a truly breathtaking view, with the Fishtail and Annapurna mountains right in front of you. It is located in a canyon that was created by the Bijayapur Himalayan river. Not only will you enjoy the flora though, but you are also going to encounter some animals as well. Yes, there are roaming buffalos in the area, and if that isn’t something to see while golfing – what is? In addition to that, there is a natural island hole, contrary to an artificial one from Coeur d’Alene.
Skukuza Golf Course, South Africa
If you love wild animals and golf, this golf course is going to be the perfect fit for you. It is located in the Kruger National Park, which is a rich wildlife sanctuary. This means that while playing golf here, there is a high probability that you’ll run into a wide variety of animals. This is especially true due to the fact that there is no fence separating animals from the golf course! So, get ready to golf with hippos, baboons, and warthogs
Finally, all of these golf courses have different parameters that make them special. What connects all of them is the new aspect of the challenge. Something different that will truly test everything that you’ve known previously about golf. If you are a passionate golfer and if you have the possibility to do so – make sure that you visit at least some of these golf courses. You will surely have a lot of fun and learn something new that you can use even on a most basic golf course.
And if you’ve never played golf before, hopefully, this list has awoken a new interest in this sport. Rarely anybody is good at a new activity from the get-go, so, don’t be embarrassed by how you’ll do. Book a session and go for it – golf is incredibly fun!