6 Craziest Golf Courses around the World

Do you want to combine playing golf and having an adventure?

Nothing beats the exhilaration that you get when playing golf against various circumstances like extreme weather, challenging holes or scorching heat.

If you want to experience an unforgettable moment while playing golf, make sure to visit these craziest golf courses all over the world.

  1. Merapi Golf

Location: Yogyakarta , Indonesia

How does playing golf on an active volcano sound for you?

If you’re up for this extreme golf experience, head out to Indonesia and explore one of their most spectacular golf clubs, the Merapi Golf Course.

The golf course took its name from the famous volcano Merapi. “Merapi” in Bahasa, is not only meant by “Fire”. “Api” is “Fire”, while “Merapi” is more like “raging in fire”.  It’s one of the most active volcanoes in the world, with its latest explosion in 2010, resulting devastation in surrounding area, and hundreds of casualties.

This 18 holes, 6370 meters par 72 course is open to the public and is only 30-minutes’ drive from the ancient city of Yogyakarta. Created by the golf course masters Thomson, Wolveridge and Perrett, the stunning design of this golf course is truly a remarkable one. It sits on 800 meters above sea level, with just the perfect climate and the most breathtaking panoramic view of Mount Merapi with the hinterland of Yogyakarta and the Indian Ocean.

Their fees are Rp.  687.500 per head for weekdays which include the green fee, caddy fee and golf cart while weekend fee is Rp. 1.017.500 per head.

  1. Nullarbor Links Course

Location: Australia

Known to be the  World’s Longest Golf course, Nullarbor Links is an 18-hole par 73 golf course which is located along 1,365 kilometres of the Eyre Highway along the southern coast of Australia in two states (South Australia and Western Australia), notably crossing the Nullarbor Plain at the head of the Great Australian Bight.

Alf Caputo and Bob Bongiorno thought of this golf course idea over a bottle of red wine at the Balladonia Roadhouse. The course officially opened on 22 October 2009, although public play began on 15 August 2009.

The course begins and ends in the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia and the coastal town of Ceduna, South Australia. Professional golfer Robert Stock, from Manchester, England, helped with the design of the course which incorporates 7 holes from existing courses and 11 holes created at roadhouses and roadside stops. The newly constructed holes have greens and tees that use artificial grass, with natural desert land between.

  1. Government Golf Course

Location: Gulmarg, India

Situated on the lower ranges of Gulmarg, this 18-hole golf course has emerged as one of the most popular golfing destinations in India. Tourists all over the world flock this region to witness the asymmetrical contours and enjoy playing golf while escaping the scorching heat. The golf course, measuring 7505 yards (par of 72), was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah in the year 2011.  Established by British residents in 1904 the air is thinner on the course because of the altitude which means that the ball will travel further to increase the distance of a drive.

  1. Panmunjom Golf Club

Location: North Korea

Situated in a demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, Panmunjom Golf Club is often called the most dangerous golf course in the world. It has earned its dangerous moniker because of the mine fields located on three sides of the course. A sign that says,  “DANGER! DO NOT RETRIEVE BALLS FROM THE ROUGH – LIVE MINE FIELDS” will welcome you as you enter the first course.

The golf course was originally constructed for the service members of Camp Bonifas, the U.S military installation in Panmunjom in 1972 and was not open for outsiders. The aim of the golf course was to provide recreation to the 50 U.S soldiers stationed there. The ‘course’ is a single hole, a par three of 192 yards.

If you want to know the story of a reporter’s visit to this most dangerous golf course in the world, click here.

  1. La Jenny Golf Club 

Location: France

Let’s admit it; golf outfits can sometimes be expensive and bothersome. If you want a unique golf experience, head off to La Jenny Golf Club and strip off of your clothes and play naked. Established in 1993 and enlarged since 2009, this club is one of the few places in the world that allows golfers to play naked and is probably the only place in Europe where the sport is practiced in a naturist setting.

You can play with 6 real holes (4 par 3, 2 par 4) including a water hazard, a large putting green and a genuine driving range of 20 stands including 10 that are sheltered. There’s also a 20-bay driving range, putting green and clubhouse bar for you to hang out.

  1. Royal Colombo Golf Club 

Location: Sri Lanka

Established in 1880, The Royal Colombo Golf Club is known as the oldest golf club in Sri Lanka and is located in the capital city of Colombo at The Ridgeway Links.  It is the venue of Sri Lanka Golf Union, the governing body of Golf in Sri Lanka and maintains links with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland. Located in a picturesque suburb of the city, the club has the distinguishing feature of the Kelani Valley steam railroad running through the course. Four of the holes are traversed by the trains which run past packed full of locals ensuring the golfer will often have a receptive gallery.

Its founding members, led by Edward Aitken, had a meeting on 13 March 1880 at the Royal Colombo Golf Club.  W. Law was the club’s first Captain and Chairman and the Committee consisted of F. A. Fairlie, W. Somerville and R. Webster.

The club was presented a silver medal in 1888 by the Calcutta Golf Club; the Calcutta Medal is a permanent challenge medal still contested at the club.

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