There are more than 34,000 golf courses in the world, and there is no way the average golfer can play the vast majority of them in a lifetime. There are courses, however, that should be on the bucket list of every passionate golfer.
Those clubs and courses are not necessarily the most beautiful, challenging, luxurious, or rewarding. What they are is unique. Unforgettably unique. Here are five of the best golf courses to add to your bucket list.
Carbrook Golf Club, Australia
Located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, the 15-hole Carbrook Golf Club may be only a few decades old, but that did not stop it from delivering a good enough experience to be voted the territory’s Metropolitan Golf Club of the Year.
The club benefits from the subtropical climate, and but it is neither the layout nor the natural beauty that attracts the most attention. Instead, for many golfers, the highlight is the water hazard at the 14th tee. It is home to several bull sharks, an aggressive shark responsible for attacks in various parts of the world. Capable of surviving in fresh water, they entered the lake when the nearby river burst its banks during a flood.
El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club, Mexico
Uncommon hazards and stunning biodiversity are just two reasons Mexico’s El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club should be on just about every player’s bucket list. Apart from navigating some pretty serious bunkers, you also have freshwater canals and dramatic sinkholes to deal with.
Then there is the scenery. The 18 holes ensure you get to experience the lush Mayan jungle, ethereal mangrove wetlands, and even the gorgeous Caribbean coastline.
Skukuza Golf Course, South Africa
Not for the faint-hearted, the Skukuza Golf Course in South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National Park is where you can encounter the wild spirit of nature on the green. You also could encounter baboons, hippos, and buck such as impala.
Between game drives and golf, you are sure to be kept busy all day. The course, as well as the greater park, offer truly unique experiences. Another renowned golfing venue near the park is the Hans Merensky Golf Course.
Himalayan Golf Club, Nepal
When the average person thinks of golfing destinations, Nepal is not the first place that usually comes to mind. Even so, the mountainous Asian country is home to two 18-hole courses, one of which is the bucket list-worthy Himalayan Golf Club.
Other than its popular natural island hole, the course also offers chances to encounter buffalo and to take in spectacular views of the Annapurna and Fishtail mountain ranges. The club is 7km outside Pokhara.
Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, USA
Regularly touted as one of the most beautiful golf courses in America, the one at Coeur d’Alene Resort in Idaho is a sight to behold. From luxurious rooms and amenities, through to the moveable floating green at the 14th Par-3 hole.
The floating green is undoubtedly the main attraction. For many golfers, one of the highlights is the boat ride to and from the 14th hole.