Are you tired of your usual golf course? Or are you looking for a challenge? Perhaps you’re just interested in finding a challenging course to play while you’re on vacation. Well, we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of some of the world’s most strange and unusual golf courses for you.
1) Bay Harbor (Quarry) in Michigan has 40-foot gorges and stone cliffs. It has nine holes and, according to Golfweek, is one of the most picturesque courses in the US.
2) Brickyard in Indianapolis, Indiana, plays around the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
3) Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley, California, is at 214 feet below sea level and has summer temperatures reaching nearly 130 degrees.
4) Whistling Straights in Wisconsin was built on a former Army base and designed to look like Ireland. It’ll host the PGA in 2015 and the Ryder Cup in 2020.
5) El Camaleon in Quintana Roo, Mexico, gets its name from a chameleon because it changes frequently. It features sand dunes, mangroves that line the fairways and cenotes, or subterranean caves.
6) Tobacco Road in North Carolina has been compared to a cult movie—not widely known, but adored by those who do know it. At every turn, you’ll encounter a new strategic option as you work your way through sandy expanses and pits.
7) Camp Bonifas is located in the Korean Demilitarized Done (DMZ)—look out for falling nukes!
8) Green Monkey Golf Course in Barbados is carved out of an old limestone quarry and contains gorgeous views of the Caribbean.
9) La Jenny in Aquitaine, France, is 6-hole course where nudists can let loose and play sans clothing. We’d watch out for sunburn, though.
10) Don Mueang Airport Golf Course in Thailand is where it sounds like—at the airport. The noise from the airplanes is so loud that golfers are required to wear noise-canceling headphones to play.
11) Royal Colombo Golf Club in the Western Province of Sri Lanka has train tracks crossing over four holes. No, they’re not picturesque or functional to the game—they’re just trains passing over the course. You might want to avoid this one.
12) The Opal Fields Golf Club in Australia is one big sand trap, with no green whatsoever. It’s not too hard to play on, though—apparently the oiled sand greens create a smooth putt, and the grassless fairways create a lot of roll.
13) Nullarbor Links, also in Australia, is the longest golf course in the world, with an average round of golf lasting for four days! The course is measured to be 848 miles long and spans two time zones. Of course, there are plenty of gas stations and motels along the way.
14) Himalaya Golf Club in Nepal has a beautiful, mountainous view.
15) Merapi Golf Course in Indonesia is located at the bottom of a volcano. You can see smoke emerging from nearby Mount Merapi almost 300 days per year.
16) Uummannaq Greenland—your guess is as good as ours when it comes to pronunciation—is on a giant iceberg. Dress warmly.