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Courses with a view: The most unusual golf courses on Earth

By Mark Southern on 7th February 2016

Golfing; the perfect semblance of relaxation and skill for some, for others a surefire way of tearing our hair out in frustration as another lost ball sails into the drink. Many of us count down the days until that next golfing break, and no matter where you tee off you’re guaranteed to forget about outside distractions whilst you concentrate on sinking that final putt.

If you’re planning a golf trip during your next holiday or need to brush the dust off those clubs and want a particularly magical experience, you might want to take a look our pick of the most unusual golf courses in the world for something that you can guarantee you’ve not teed off at yet!

5.) Le Touessrok Golf Course, Mauritius

The golf course at Le Touessrok is one of the world’s finest
The golf course at Le Touessrok is one of the world’s finest

If the five-star resort located on the island of Ile Aux Cerfs, just off the East coast of Mauritius wasn’t enough to warrant a visit, their golf course should swing the decision.

Regarded as the ‘jewel in the resort’s crown’, the Le Touessrok Golf Course is situated on its own desert island, just across the water via a 10 minute boat taxi from the mainland resort. It beats a buggy, anyway.

Whilst you enjoy the challenges of this 18-hole, par 72 championship course, the surrounding coral reefs and volcanic mountain that frame the Robinson Crusoe style island provide all the visual delights you need to calm you down after slicing another drive.

4.) Pokhara Golf Course, Nepal

Pokhara golf cousre nepal
Pokhara is a must for the golfing connoisseur

Pokhara nestles in the heart of the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, and is well known for the awe-inspiring mountain scenery on offer. However, it’s also become a place for golfers to revel in the unique experience offered here, within a unique river canyon.

The clubhouse can be found perched 250 feet above the canyon itself, delivering breathtaking birds-eye views of the entire nine-hole course, which is played twice through.

Meanwhile, the canyon walls are etched with stunning waterfalls and eagles nests, with a calming soundtrack played in surround sound by the Himalayan snow-fed river nearby. This is a course like no other, with an individuality matched only by its raw beauty.

3.) Coeur d’Alene Resort, USA

Coeur d’Alene Resort, USA
Golfers are greeted with the world’s only floating movable island

This Northwest US Gem, tucked away in the hills of the Rocky Mountains on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene in Idaho, has been christened “America’s Greatest Golf Experience” for good reason.

The beautifully maintained 18-hole course is stunning enough to play for any keen golfer, but it’s the course’s 14th hole that lands it in our number 3 spot.

Golfers are greeted with the world’s only floating movable island, according to the owner, which is reached via a dedicated Putter Boat Shuttle. Be careful when you take that final putt to finish the hole, though, as everything breaks towards the water!

2.) Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa

Legend Golf & Safari Resort, South Africa
Legend Golf & Safari Resort is one of the world’s most renowned resorts

Simply known as the Legend Golf & Safari Resort, this has to be one of the most beautiful golf course yet to be created.

With each of the 18 holes designed by a world golfing legend, the course has been meticulously crafted to provide one of the best golfing experiences on offer.

What truly sets it out from others, and the reason for its place at number two, has to be the unique par three hole, the Extreme 19th.

It is the highest (400 metres) and longest (361 metres) par three hole in the world, and is only reachable by taking a helicopter up to Hanglip Mountain, where the tee can be found overlooking a green the shape of Africa.

1.) World Ice Golf Championship, Greenland

Image credit: TimoHonkelaEnglish
The World Ice Golf Championship is held every year in Greenlandic city Uummannaq. Image credit: TimoHonkelaEnglish

Set in one of the world’s most breathtaking landscapes is perhaps the most bizarre course on our list for a select few reasons.

This nine-hole course is played in Uummannaq, Greenland and is home to the World Ice Golf Championship, where harsh temperatures are only half the challenge; players are reminded that the green is white and the golf balls fluorescent orange!

The course itself is forever changing at the whim of the moving icebergs, dictated by the true architect of the course; the ocean. For this reason even during the championships the course is only actually cut out a few days before to ensure it is still there come tournament time.

This unfortunately won’t be one you’ll be able to play on holiday, but it still deserves our number one spot for unique courses.