While there are plenty of traditional golf courses to choose from around the world, there are also some challenging and testing courses that are worth checking out. Perfect for those that are seeking a little adventure with their putting, these golf courses are the perfect excuse to dust off your golf clubs and start packing your bags. If it’s challenge that helps us to grow as individuals, then these three might be the biggest tests that you ever face.
Coeur D’Alene Golf Resort, Idaho, USA
At first glance, this course seems perfectly standard. There’s a traditional feel to the majority of this course, located in the glorious surroundings of Idaho. However, that traditional feel soon vanishes when you hit the 14th-hole! This hole is where the course becomes the source of much golfing frustration.
The par 3 hole is fast becoming a bucket list destination for those that really like to challenge their limits. The 14th-hole has a moveable island as its green, meaning that the distance can vary. It can be as far away as 218 yards and uses a system of pulleys and cables to adjust exactly where the island is. When you have to get a ferry to play your short game, then you know that this is going to test your skills.
Merapi Golf Course, Yogyakarta Special Region, Indonesia
If you’re looking for something a little more extreme, then how about a round of golf at the foot of an active volcano? While this might be terrifying for most, for the adventurous golfer, Merapi Golf Course is a must see.
Mount Merapi is active in every sense of the word, and volcanic smoke billows from the volcano for well over three hundred days of the year. With eruptions happening every two to three years, there’s a good chance that lava will stop play! The last eruption was in May 2018, so now might be the best time to book your game.
La Jenny, Aquitaine, France
A very different destination, La Jenny is a very unique setting. That’s less to do with the course itself (although it is widely recognized as one of the best in Europe), and more to do with the fact that it is the only golf course in Europe where you remove your clothes before you tee off.
This naturist golf course is not going to be for everyone, but if you want to feel the sun on your skin as you work on a birdie, then La Jenny is well worth checking out. Invest in some quality golf irons to play your best game, but remember to pack plenty of sunscreen as well. All over sunburn might just ruin your golfing experience!
If you’re of the opinion that golf is the same no matter where you play, then these courses might just change your mind. Challenging, unique, and designed to appeal to those looking for something a little different, it’s time to pack your bags and book the golfing holiday that will test your limits and change your life.