Mount Merapi Golf Course, Indonesia

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“They built a golf course where?!”

No matter where you go in the world, you will likely find a golf course. Despite its elitist image, golf is a universal sport and throughout history people have gone to great lengths to build courses in extreme environments. In this blog post, we salute the craziest golf course locations in the world.

Uummannaq, Greenland

Uummannaq, Greenland

Uummannaq in Greenland is the location of the World Ice Golf Championships – yes, ice golf is really a thing. Taking place in March, the nine-hole golf course has to be laid out from scratch every year on a fjord and its shape is determined by the icebergs which have become trapped in the inlet. Ice golfers play with a red golf ball and greens are called ‘whites’. No records can ever be formed or broken, as the pack ice and frozen powder moves and changes daily.

 

Furnace Creek Golf Course, Death Valley, California

Furnace Creek Golf Course, Death Valley, California

Our next choice takes us from one of the coldest places on earth to one of the hottest. Furnace Creek Golf Course sits 214 feet (65m) below sea level in the scorching hot Death Valley, California. Its name is a little misleading, as there is no creek. However, Furnace is entirely appropriate, as this area has recorded the hottest temperature in the Western hemisphere at 57 degrees Celsius.

The course consists of 18 holes, and despite the heat it is green and there are even some water features. In case you’re wondering, they have a water recycling system and that keeps the course green year round. Yes, that’s right – it’s even open in summer!

 

Kabul Golf Club, Qargha, Afghanistan

Kabul Golf Club, Qargha, Afghanistan

This golf course has been a hard-won project championed by Mohammad Afzal Abdul, who has reportedly suffered death threats from the Taliban. This nine-hole golf course may not have lush fairways, but its sandy surface will give even the most experienced golfer a challenging round.

This course has used as a military training area at the time of the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.  When the course reopened in 2004, a not-for-profit agency had to help the owners move two soviet tanks and multiple rocket launchers which had been stored on the site.

 

Mount Merapi Golf Course, Indonesia

Mount Merapi Golf Course, Indonesia

Located 20,900 feet (6370m) above sea level, the Mount Merapi Golf Course is made up of 18 holes, has breathtaking views and is right next to a very active volcano. Mount Merapi is Indonesia’s most active volcano and smoke can regularly be seen coming out of the top. The fairways are lush and green with plenty of challenging hazards, but you’ll be pleased to know there are no official lava hazards.

 

Nullarbor Links, Australia

Nullarbor Links, Australia

Located in Australia’s outback, the Nullarbor Links is the world’s longest golf course. Made up of 18 holes, this par 72 grassless course spans 848 miles (1,365 kilometres). That’s because each hole is in a town or roadhouse along the Eyre highway, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia. The course provides a much-needed activity and attraction for travellers along the renowned, desolate Eyre highway. The average distance between each hole is 40 miles, with two holes being 124 miles apart.

You might be wondering how this course is played. Each player uses a scorecard bought either in Kalgoorlie or Ceduna and holes are played at various sites along the highway. When you present your card, you receive a certificate stating you have completed the world’s longest golf course.

Even if your local course is a little less extreme than those listed above, it is always advisable for golfers to take out golf insurance. Accidents can happen wherever you’re playing, so The Golfers Club offers Public Liability cover as well as Personal Accident cover and much more to help you in the event that something goes wrong. Get a golf insurance quote from The Golfers Club today!

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Buy a golf insurance policy this July and we’ll enter you into our exclusive prize draw to win a 2-ball at Royal Birkdale Golf Club, plus an overnight stay for two.

The Open Championship returns to Royal Birkdale, Southport in July 2017 and we’re giving you the chance to play the same course that the world’s greatest golfers will descend on next year.

The prize includes:

  • A 2-ball on The Open Championship course this October 2016
  • An overnight stay at the luxury, 4-star Ramada Plaza hotel, Southport
  • A continental breakfast
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  • Prize draw is open to individuals aged 18 years or over.
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  • Prize draw closes at 11:59pm 31st July 2016 British Summer Time. Entries received after the final date and time will not be valid entries to the prize draw.
  • Valid entries are those that have purchased a Golf Insurance policy between 8th July 2016 and 31st July 2016.
  • The prize is to be redeemed in October 2016 – subject to availability. In the event that no tee times can be booked at Royal Birkdale in October 2016 and/or overnight stay in the Ramada Plaza, a voucher will be provided for the same value which can be used at any of England Golf Coast venues.
  • The prize cannot be swapped for any item and no cash equivalent is available.
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We’re offering one member of The Golfers Club the opportunity to win a dozen Srixon AD333 golf balls.

Question: How much does a TGC policyholder get reimbursed to cover a hole-in-one bar bill?

Simply email your answer to competitions@thegolfersclub.co.uk with details of the prize, your name, membership number and contact number. The prize draw will take place on the 3rd September 2016.

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We’re offering three members of The Golfers Club the opportunity to win a Mizuno tour cap and visor.

Q: Which golfer is nicknamed the ‘Great White Shark’?

Simply email your answer to competitions@thegolfersclub.co.uk with details of the prize, your name, membership number and contact number. The prize draw will take place on the 1st August 2016.

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Me and my golf discuss the three biggest myths seen on the golf course with a driver. The first myth being the need to take your driver back both low and wide to gain extra distance. This isn’t recommended as it can hinder torso and wrist flexibility through the swing. Then there’s the second myth that you must keep your head perfectly still throughout your swing. This is false because keeping your head perfectly straight when driving can lead to a lack of suppleness in the torso during your swing and therefore lack fluidity when driving.

The third and final myth when using the driver is that you must swing the driver back and through on a straight line to the target. Again, this is a myth because the golf club moves through an arc when you swing the golf club rather than a straight line. Ideally, you want to open the club face on your drawback, close it back up for connection and then open in it when following through.

 

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The innovative new hybrid sport of FootGolf, which combines football and golf, is growing in popularity. There are now over 30 countries where FootGolf is played, and its popularity is being felt by golf courses, both positively and negatively. But,what effect is it having on the traditional game of golf in the UK?

What is FootGolf?

The rules of FootGolf are the same as golf, except you have one football and you use your feet rather than golf clubs. The aim is to get your ball into an oversized golf course hole with the least amount of kicks.

FootGolf is not a fad that is expected to dwindle away anytime soon. It all began in Holland in 2009 and its popularity has been rapidly growing ever since. In 2012, the first ever FootGolf World Cup was held in Hungary with eight countries competing. And the game hasn’t looked back since. Now, there are individual and team tournaments for footgolfers to compete against one another, both regionally and nationally, on a consistent basis. Here’s some footage of the inaugural FootGolf World Cup tournament.

FootGolf critics

FootGolf, believe it or not, has already led to traditional courses closing. A handful of UK golf facilities have actually made a complete switch from traditional golf to FootGolf. One of those being Grimsby Golf Centre, they’ve said that since the golf course’s conversion to full-time FootGolf, user numbers have increased by 300 percent across the whole facility.

“FootGolf is a remarkable phenomenon. It is transforming golf facilities across the country and I have no idea where this new extremely popular sport is going to end up,” said the venue’s owner, Colin Jenkins.

“It is extremely popular and brings a completely new audience to golf centres. Golf needs to be more ‘rock n’ roll’ and this louder and more accessible hybrid of golf and football is generating real revenues for facilities that need and want to find new customers.”

“Almost anyone can kick a ball, so it is a very inclusive sport and one that does not require expensive equipment or lots of practice. It may not be the same as cricket’s Twenty20, but for those of us operating public facing golf facilities, it is fabulous. Golfing purists may look down their noses and tut, but it will bring more people into the sport of golf than any other promotion and it’s fun.”

It’s no surprise then that consequently, there has been resistance to FootGolf from some golf clubs. And when golfers have shared courses with FootGolf players, it has caused friction.

In a recent survey, a handful of golfers explained that they felt disrespected by footgolfers. “Thirty screaming kids on the course running around with little to no supervision. No enforcement for the pace of play. They literally allow players to bounce from hole to hole to avoid the footgolfers,” a reviewer said. “Every sand trap was trampled and not raked, and there was trash all over the course.”

Even if there aren’t footgolfers on the course during a round, some players have posted comments indicating that they’ve found having two pins on one hole confusing.

However, there are others that believe the statistics don’t lie and that there is a place for FootGolf in the UK. There are already over 180 courses in the UK offering FootGolf, and the prediction is that by summer 2017 there will be more than 300 golf courses throughout the UK that will have a FootGolf course available.

How FootGolf can benefit traditional golf

What FootGolf has done is open the door to a brand new audience that may not have considered playing golf before. As the video below shows, even four Manchester United stars have sampled FootGolf.

Demand for FootGolf from the football community is obviously high. The vast majority of those with an interest in football are bound to be interested in testing their skills around a golf course. Plus, anyone can go for a round as the only equipment you need is a football. This ultimately brings more people onto the golf course, and earns the club more revenue.

Once you have these extra footgolfers on the course and playing, it’s much more likely that they will return for a traditional round of golf, especially if a good impression is created on their first visit.

Gareth May, head of UK development at UK FootGolf, told golfpunkhq.com that the growth of FootGolf should be treated as an opportunity, not a threat, for golf clubs.

He said: “Golf courses that have been operating FootGolf for 12 months or more are now reporting increases in golf club memberships. They’re attributing this increase to the number of new people visiting their facility for the very first time, trying FootGolf and then, as a consequence, trying golf later.”