Most players who are really into their golf will probably have some ideas already of the places they’d like to visit as a destination golf trip. Some courses across the world have reputations for being the best and most golfers would love to try them out, but here are a few lesser known examples that you might want to consider visiting purely for their quirky and unusual designs and locations.
Shadow Creek Golf Course – Nevada, USA
This course is an incredible feat in itself, and originally it was the most expensive ever constructed. This is due to its placement in the middle of the desert, with no natural trees or water for miles around. Its greenery all had to be imported, including over 20,000 fully grown trees.
El Camaleón at the Fairmont Mayakoba – Quintna Roo, Mexico
Taking its name from the chameleon due to its regular updates and changes, El Camaleón is full of obstacles and challenges to make a game of golf more exciting, including deep caves, sand dunes and vast lagoons. This course is ideal for anyone looking for a new and exciting challenge.
Coeur D’Alene Golf Resort – Idaho, USA
Although this course looks amazing, it is fairly conventional, save for the 14th hole of its par-3 course, which is on its own man-made island. Golfers have to take a boat to get to it, and not only that, it actually moves around in the water thanks to a complicated mechanical system.
Royal Colombo Golf Club – Western Province, Sri Lanka
The unique feature of this resort is that several railway lines run directly through the golf course. On a few of the holes you run the risk of being hit by a passing passenger train, so it’s best to be wary. Even worse, you might get distracted by the noise and miss your shot!
The Opal Fields Golf Club – South Australia, Australia
Unlike our first entry on this list, no attempt was made to add greenery to this course in the middle of the Australian desert. Many people enjoy the challenge of playing on sand rather than grass, as it affects a golf ball quite differently.
Camp Bonifas – The North and South Korean Border
Classed as the world’s most dangerous golf course, Camp Bonifas only features one hole. It was originally an infamous United Nations command post, and remains surrounded by active land mines.
Extreme 19th at Legend Golf & Safari Resort – Limpopo, South Africa
This course is perhaps the most popular with celebrity golfers and thrill-seeking professionals, since it includes a mountain-top tee shot that requires a helicopter journey to access it. Unsurprisingly, this makes it perhaps the most difficult shot in any golf course, and certainly one of the most creative courses.