Archive for the ‘Xtreme Golf’ Category

Adventures in Golf: Prison Golf

Sep 13th
2017

Angola Prison in Louisiana is situated on a massive piece of property. What to do with all that space? Build a golf course.

Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa

Nov 28th
2016

The golf course at the Legends Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa is an amazing stretch of 18 holes designed by 18 different top-flight golfers, including Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.  The golf course is designed as an 18 hole championship golf course. It is at once the longest golf course in South Africa, providing all golfers, irrespective of their handicap, the experience of a true African challenge. The course plays at 6,534 metres for daily play but is capable of being extended to 7,748 metres for tournaments, making it one of the longest in the world.

Set on the legendary 22 000 hectare Entabeni Safari Conservancy, the course has flowing fairways which wind through the open grasslands and dense bush. The design and layout of the course are in complete harmony with the natural resources.  The pristine bushveld environment has been preserved and the course remains one of the most environmentally sensitive in Africa.

The sheer scale of the golf course, with gently undulating greens and strategic bunkering ensures a unique golfing experience with breathtaking views of the Waterberg Mountains as a backdrop. On any given hole, a range of 5 tees allows the golf course to be set up for both professional and amateur players and creates the flexibility that one needs for an enjoyable golfing experience. 

But wait, there’s more

Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa

May 29th
2011

The golf course at the Legends Golf & Safari Resort in South Africa is an amazing stretch of 18 holes designed by 18 different top-flight golfers, including Padraig Harrington, Colin Montgomerie, K.J. Choi, Retief Goosen, Justin Rose, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.  The golf course is designed as an 18 hole championship golf course. It is at once the longest golf course in South Africa, providing all golfers, irrespective of their handicap, the experience of a true African challenge. The course plays at 6,534 metres for daily play but is capable of being extended to 7,748 metres for tournaments, making it one of the longest in the world.

Set on the legendary 22 000 hectare Entabeni Safari Conservancy, the course has flowing fairways which wind through the open grasslands and dense bush. The design and layout of the course are in complete harmony with the natural resources.  The pristine bushveld environment has been preserved and the course remains one of the most environmentally sensitive in Africa.

The sheer scale of the golf course, with gently undulating greens and strategic bunkering ensures a unique golfing experience with breathtaking views of the Waterberg Mountains as a backdrop. On any given hole, a range of 5 tees allows the golf course to be set up for both professional and amateur players and creates the flexibility that one needs for an enjoyable golfing experience. 

But wait, there’s more

The World’s Most Challenging Golf Course: Ko’olau, Hawaii

Sep 27th
2010

Located just a 20-minute drive over the Pali Highway from downtown Honolulu, Hawaii, USA; Ko’olau Golf Course is considered the world’s most challenging golf course. Designed by Dick Nugent and inaugurated in 1992 the course makes its way through three different climate zones, carved out of a magnificent tropical rain forest on the windward side of the 2,000-foot Ko’olau Ridge mountain range.

The course features winding ravines, extreme elevation changes, and breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls, the rugged landscape of this tropical jungle course uses ravines as the target for holes and boasts lush vegetation and huge sand bunkers. The 18th hole has two carries over a giant jungle ravine-both the drive and the approach shot. Ko’olau is a Par 72 course at 7,310 yards.

The glorious ocean and rainforest views will take golfers to write imaginary “Wish You Were Here” postcards instead of focusing on the main goal, which is to keep the ball out of all the ravines and sand traps. Locals talk constantly about how tough this course is and the rule of thumb is to bring the same number of balls as your handicap.

The world’s Most Northerly golf course: Tromsø Golf Park, Norway

Sep 23rd
2010

Tromsø Golf Park, the northernmost 18-hole golf course in the world, is located a 35 minute drive from the city centre of Tromsø, Norway. With the Lyngen alpine mountain range as a backdrop and adjacent to one of the region’s best salmon rivers, the golf park is situated on former grounds inhabited by the Sami culture.

The location of the golf course, some distance from Tromsø city centre, ensures that the golfer’s experience of the game will be accompanied only by the sound of other golfers discussing their own golfing performance. As Artic Circle Norwegians have no sense of territory, the club also has a local rule: even if the ball lands into one of the unfenced gardens that border the course, you are allowed to pitch it back onto the course.

The serene peacefulness and tranquility of the area will guarantee the visitor an extraordinary golfing experience. With its close proximity to the sea, the area looks as if it has been taken right out of a tourist brochure depicting some of the most intense nature experience Norway can offer her guests and visitors.

The world’s Hottest Golf Course: Alice Springs, Australia

Sep 20th
2010

The Alice Springs Golf Club is home to an exceptional 18-hole golf course, considered by many to be one of the best golf courses in Australia and one of the top ten desert courses in the world. European settlement in Alice Springs dates back to 1871 with the building of the Overland Telegraph line linking Australia with Europe. ‘The Alice’, as it is affectionately known, is almost at the geographical centre of Australia, and around 1500km from Darwin and Adelaide.

Australia’s golfing legend, Peter Thomson, with his business partner, Michael Wolveridge, designed and constructed the course during the early 1980’s; the magnificent championship layout has large teeing blocks, fully grassed rolling fairways and huge well bunkered putting greens set against the stunning natural backdrop of the ancient MacDonnell Ranges.

Accuracy is a must and good judgment shots have to be negotiated in order to ensure a safe landing, rather than challenge the menacing rocky outcrops which lurk at the edges of several of the fairways. The Alice Springs course has earned rave reviews from golfers world-wide as a course of unique charm blended with some subtle severity.

The World’s Lowest Golf course: Furnace Creek, California, USA

Sep 17th
2010

Furnace Creek Golf Course is the world’s lowest elevation golf course, situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California – just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California, USA. Originally opened in 1931 the course was recently brought up to date thanks to a major renovation and re-design by famed golf course architect Perry Dye.

This 18-hole course sits 214 feet below sea level measuring 6,236-yards (par-70) featuring wide fairways and lush greens guarded by groves of mature shade trees. Water elements, including tranquil ponds and a meandering stream, come into play on 10 holes. And as one would expect of a course situated in the stark and stunning Death Valley, the challenging Furnace Creek course affords breathtaking views. Golf Digest has recognized Furnace Creek as one of “America’s 50 Toughest Courses.”

In addition to the regular demands and considerations of a round of golf, players must also factor in slightly stronger gravity and barometric pressure forces. At Furnace Creek you will notice a distinct difference in how the ball responds, making a round here truly remarkable. Wildlife species are abundant crows, ravens and Coyotes roam freely about the course and the ponds are full of wild ducks.

The world’s Coldest Golf course: North Star, Alaska, U.S.A.

Sep 12th
2010

Designed by Jack Stallings/Roger Evans, the North Star Golf Course in Fairbanks, Alaska, U.S.A. opened in 1993; featuring 6,521 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 74 the course is not only the Northermost golf course in America, but also the most unique.

North Star may be the only golf course that includes an animal checklist on its scorecard; this is because of the unusual and ever-changing lay of the land but also due to the likelihood that you will share the golf course with any of a host of wildlife species that call Alaska home. They even have a local rule stating that “When a raven or fox steals a golf ball, a replacement may be dropped without penalty at the scene of the crime.”

North Star is underlain by permafrost, creating an ever changing pattern of dips, swales, and mounds reminiscent of the great courses of Scotland. No two shots are alike at North Star, which generates great interest and variety as a golfer progresses through the links. The number 8 green, once flat, is now one of the world’s most undulating, yet playable greens anywhere.

Urban Golf – The Streets of London

Jun 11th
2010

The streets of London are full of strange and wondefull things however recentley golf has started to appear on a few famous street corners.

While visiting London I could not believe just how much golf was all around me from golf fashion brands on the high street to these scenes at the carnival in Shoreditch.

A remarkable talent.

May 25th
2010

The story of Manuel De Los Santos is remarkable and uplifting by any standard, sporting or otherwise. Born in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic, he was a promising young baseball star with dreams of playing professionally in the United States. But the age of 18, his life changed for ever when a car crashed into the motorbike he was riding and he awoke from a coma four days later to find his left leg had been amputated above the knee.

After he moved to France with his wife Elena, the second major turning-point in his sporting life came in 2004, when he watched the film, The Legend of Bagger Vance.
It told of a golfer (Matt Damon) inspired by his caddy (Will Smith) to overcome adversity. Similarly inspired, Manuel decided to take up golf.