10 Most Unique Golf Courses in the World
When you go on a golf holiday, it’s understandable that you want to experience something a bit different. When you play golf in another country you want to play on a unique golf course that you will remember. To help give you some inspiration for your next golf holiday we’ve put together a list of the best unique golf courses in the world.
10 – Ile Aux Cerfs Golf – Mauritius
If you like to escape from the hustle of modern life, this is the course for you. Part of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort and Spa in Mauritius, Ile Aux Cerfs Golf course is one of the world’s finest. Designed by Bernhard Langer, the course is located on its own beautiful island off the east coast of Mauritius, separated from the mainland by a glistening lagoon.
9 – Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort – USA
We’re unable to compare this course with any other because there’s nothing quite like the Coeur d’Alene Golf Resort. Located in Idaho, USA, the course is designed by Scott Miller and features one of the most well-known holes in golf, ‘The Floating Green’. Computer controlled to a different distance from the tee each day, the ‘Floating Green’ is a bucket-list hole. Golfers can take a maximum of two attempts to land safely on the island before taking a drop on the green. Once attempted, board the ‘Putter’ boat that ferries players to the green and back.
Can’t travel to Coeur d’Alene? Try visiting Le Golf National during a golf holiday to France. Host to the 2018 Ryder Cup, the course features a strip of turf connecting the 18th to the 15th, creating one of the most difficult island greens.
8. Nullarbor Link Golf Course – Australia
If you’re looking to impress, try out the world’s longest golf course. Thought to be about 850 miles long, the average time it takes to complete it is 4 days, with each hole being a 30-mile drive apart. Crossing two time-zones, it takes dedication to complete a round of golf at Nullarbor Link Golf Course.
7. El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club – Mexico
Host to the first PGA Tour event to be contested outside the USA and Canada, El Camaleon Mayakoba is a golfing paradise. A natural beauty, the course offers the ultimate variety as it has a mixture of three diverse ecosystems: the tropical Mayan jungle, mangrove wetlands and Mexican Caribbean Sea coastline. Including hazards such as cenotes (sink holes), extensive bunkers and freshwater canals, the course is like nothing you will have experienced before.
6. Skukuza Golf Course – South Africa
Located in the famous Kruger National Park, the Skukuza Golf Course is in a rich wildlife sanctuary including the Big Five, a huge variety of birds and countless animals. With no fence to separate the golf course, animals such as hippos, impala, warthog and baboons are free to roam onto the course.
5. Himalayan Golf Club – Nepal
Located 7km away from Pokhara, the Himalayan Golf Club is one of only two 18-hole golf courses in Nepal. Situated in a canyon created by the Himalayan snowed waters of the Bijayapur river, the course offers a spectacular view of the Fishtail and Annapurna mountain range. Featuring roaming buffalo and a natural island hole, this course takes adventure golf to the extreme.
Want to experience mountain views without going to Nepal? A golf holiday in the southeastern regions of France might be for you, with golf clubs such as Golf International de Grenoble Bresson and Golf and Country Club de Bossey having incredible backdrops.
4. Merapi Golf Course – Indonesia
Sitting 800 metres above sea level, Merapi Golf Course offers a unique landscape for golf. Located 30 minutes away from the ancient city of Yogyakarta, this course sits at the base of Mount Merapi, an active volcano. Smoke is seen emerging from the volcano over 300 days per year and eruptions take place every two to three years, making any round high risk.
Don’t want to risk it? Try a golf holiday to Sicily, Italy, and play at the foot of Mount Etna at Il Picciolo Etna Golf Resort & Spa.
3. Prison View Golf Club – USA
Once known as the ‘bloodiest prison in America’, the Louisiana State Penitentiary isn’t the first place you think of when thinking of golf course destinations. Prison View Golf Course is in Angola and offers players a challenging round of golf whilst being on the grounds of the prison. To play her a background check is necessary and play may be suspended at any time due to institutional need or at the warden’s discretion.
2. Uummannaq Greenland Golf – Greenland
500 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Uummannaq Greenland Golf wins the award for the coldest round of golf. Host to the World Ice Golf Championship, golfers from around the world come to play on this unique golf course. Although hazards are said to include seal dens and crevasses, the biggest threat is frostbite, which players are taught how to spot before they tee off.
1. Legend Golf & Safari Resort – South Africa
Located in Limpopo Province in South Africa, Legend Golf & Safari is one the world’s top luxury destinations. Apart from being in the middle of a wildlife preserve, the course is known as the unique ‘world-in-one’ Signature Course where each of the 18-holes is designed by a different golfing legend. In addition to this, golfers have the chance to attempt the iconic par-3, the ‘Extreme 19th’. Only accessible by helicopter, the tee shot is 400m above ground on Hanglip Mountain. Aiming for a green shaped like the African continent, there’s 1,200 feet drop to the hole.
Wherever you decide to visit for your golf holiday, make sure you get a quote from Golf-Drives. Golf-Drives offer a unique service, offering transport from the airport to hotel, hotel to course, and back again! With each trip including one golf bag per person, it’s a hassle-free way of travelling on your golf holiday.