Strange But Spectacular Courses
While boozy mini golf courses may be considered a strange concept in their own right (even if they are a lot of fun) they don’t even hold a candle to some of these bizarre courses.
PRISON VIEW GOLF COURSE, ANGOLA, LOUISIANA
Located on the grounds of Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, LA, is the Prison View Golf Course. The course which is operated by the Louisiana State Penitentiary Employee Recreation Committee, is a 9-hole, par 72 course measuring approx. 6000 yards.
Prison View Golf Course offers players a challenging round, practice facility, and Clubhouse. Number 1 tee box is elevated approximately 75 yards into the Tunica Hills and offers a spectacular view of Louisiana’s only maximum-security prison. The clubhouse features a restaurant that serves hotdogs, cold drinks, and other assorted snacks.
MERAPI GOLF COURSE, YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA
A short 30-minutes drive from the ancient city of Yogyakarta is the stunning Merapi Golf Course. This 18 holes, 6370 meters par 72 course, is located 800 meters above sea level and offers fantastic panoramic views of Mount Merapi with the hinterland of Yogyakarta and the Indian Ocean. The course also offers an onsite Clubhouse, Pro shop, and Restaurant.
What makes this course so strange is the fact it is situated so close to an active volcano, which erupted as recently as August 16, 2021, belching a cloud of ash into the air as far as 3.5 kilometres, blanketing local areas (including the course) in grey ash.
HANS MERENSKY GOLF CLUB, PHALABORWA, SOUTH AFRICA
It’s not uncommon to have spectators while you’re hunting birdies. But how often have those spectators been hunting you?
Well even on this course it’s highly unlikely that you will be hunted, but the possibilities are rifer than if you were playing on a course in Scotland. This 18 hole Bob Grimsdell designed Par 72 Championship Golf course earns its spot on the list of strange courses as it is set in what can only be described as, the wild.
The world-famous Hans Merensky Golf Club is situated on the border of the world-renowned Kruger National Park and was voted as the best walking course in the country. Not only do guests get to enjoy a game in the beautiful climate of South Africa, but they will also share their experience with the courses resident Giraffe, Hippo, Crocodiles, and other permanent residents.
FURNACE CREEK GOLF COURSE, DEATH VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
Rated one of “America’s 50 Toughest Courses” by Golf Digest, this 18-hole, par 70 course sits in the depths of Death Valley, 214 feet below sea level, and is the world’s lowest elevation golf course. The Course offers players the chance to test their mettle against the low elevation, low barometric pressure, and even a coyote or two, that will make a golf ball dance in mysterious ways.
The course is situated amongst The Oasis at Death Valley resort, the course is open year-round (yes even in the boiling summers) and hosts a Pro Shop and an open-air clubhouse that offers a variety of food, drinks, and magnificent views onto the picturesque course.
NULLARBOR LINKS, NULLARBOR PLAINS, AUSTRALIA
Capping off this list with what can only be described as ‘The World’s Longest Golf Course’. The 18-hole par 72 golf course at Nullarbor Links, spans a whopping 1,365 kilometres, with one hole situated in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway, from Western to Southern Australia. Each hole includes a green tee and a somewhat rugged outback-style natural terrain fairway.
Nullarbor Links was developed to complement and enhance tourism along the Highway, by providing travelers with an additional attraction and therefore a reason to spend more time and money in the region. The project perfectly marries tourism, the world’s largest industry, with golf, one of the world’s most popular sports.