Golf is one of those games you can enjoy when you are on holiday or when you are trying to seal a deal with a business partner. One of the main benefits of this sport is the fact it has a rather slow pace: it can take 5 hours to play 18 holes. But don’t be fooled by the slow pace: the game of golf requires you to have a high level of concentration. All in one, golf requires you to have a structured, logical thinking, as well as focus on the next moves. Playing with other people improves your social skills and prevents anxiety. A study conducted by Princeton University showed that golf prevents the development of brain cells linked to anxiety and improves your productivity.
If you want to take your golf game to another level, you can hit the road: there are plenty of challenging, exciting and memorable golf courses around the globe. This is why I found nine of the most uncommon courses and listed for you, for inspiration. Maybe for the next team building you will be touring these golf courses with your colleagues.
The Strangest and Most Unusual Golf Courses in the World
Nullarbor Links, Australia
Nullarbor is the longest golf course in the world, covering 850 miles. It has 18 holes, 72 par and it stretches along the Eyre Highway. Between each hole there are 50 miles. As you play on this golf course, you can admire the raw Australian landscape, mixed with the holes’ green. From Kalgoorlie to Ceduna, there is a hole in each city along the highway, so you can enjoy a lot of golf on Nullabor Links.
The 19th Hole, Legend Golf, South Africa
While you enjoy the amazing wildlife of Africa, you might want to take a longer detour to the 19 hole golf course, Legend Golf. While it’s not the longest, this 3 par course offers a lot of challenges, starting with the 1410 vertical high tee, which is accessible only by helicopter. The golf players watch their balls via digital cameras, which help them track down the small white balls across the golf course shaped like the African continent.
Brickyard Crossing, Indiana, US
If you are used to go to Indiana races, you can step next to it and play the gold course located inside and around the actual tracks. There are 14 holes waiting for players who want to enjoy the speed at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in a different way.
Uummannaq is the place where golf players gather for the World Ice Golf Championship. If this doesn’t sound chilling enough, you can play golf before the 36 hole competition, if the weather allows it. Because Uummannaq is located North of the Arctic Circle, bad weather is the main factor when it comes to deciding if you can play golf or not.
Nirwana Bali, Indonesia
When you say Bali, you say exotic beaches, mesmerizing tribal dances and great food – but few people actually know Bali offers some of the most challenging and beautiful golf courses in the world. Hidden in the dramatic landscape is one of the Bali golf courses designed by golfer Greg Norman. The golf course takes you from the ocean-side to the cliffs and in the middle of the rice terraces, as you play. There are amazing views on this golf course and you can actually experience the essence of Bali while you play.
Coeur D’Alene Resort Golf Course
When it comes to golf course designs, nothing seems to be too much, so Scot Miller decided to create a floating green hole. The 14th hole of the Coeur D’Alene Resort golf course is the only floating green in the world and can only be reached by the special shuttle. The putting space is 15000 square feet and the hole hovers 150 yards offshore. The players who play on this hole receive a certificate of achievement.
Coober Pedy Opal Fields Gold Club
This 18 hole golf course has almost no green: the entire course is made of sand. The only green patches you will encounter are the ones planted at the tees, which probably makes this course the most green-less in the world.
North Star Golf Club, Alaska
Animal lovers will be happy to hear there is a golf course which allows them to enjoy golf and animal sightseeing. North Star golf course provides you with the opportunity to see a random moose, fox, hawk, even a grizzly bear or a lynx. This also makes this golf course dangerous, but it’s not the most dangerous – this award goes to another course on this list.
Korean Demilitarized Zone, Korea
This is the most dangerous golf course in the world, according to Sports Illustrated. The 192 yard, par 3 hole is located in the Korean demilitarized zone, surrounded by minefields. As you can assume, if one of the balls gets lost, you should not try to find it. Generally, the players are advised to follow the course and never venture outside it.