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5 Strange Golf Courses in Europe

Golfing is a favorite pastime for people all over the world. It involves players that use a wide array of clubs called golf clubs to hit golf btrees-flowers-spacious-gardens-and-of-course-several-golf-courses-3888x2592.jpgalls into holes featured in particular areas of golf courses.

The player with the most holes and the least strokes succeeds. It is also one of the few games involving a ball of any kind that does not require a standardized playing field. The course is represented by either nine or eighteen holes which get progressively difficult.

Not all golf courses are the same, with some impressing not only in their difficulty but also in the unique way that they were built. This is why we decided to take a look at 5 strange golf courses in Europe.

La Jenny golf course

In Aquitaine, France you will find the La Jenny golf course. What separates this particular course from the rest is that golfers can renounce their clothes completely. Yes, you got it right: nude golfing is possible. It is a 6-hole course that comes with the addition of full body sunbathing while trying to make that perfect shot.

Karlovy Vary

While not a strange course in its own accords, the Czech Republic Karlovy Vary golf resort offers golfers the chance to relax in one of the 12 curative springs that the resort offers or just sit back, relax and admire the beautiful landscape.

Montgomerie golf course

Located in Ireland, the Montgomerie golf course offers an unique array of holes as well as deep pot bunkers from which it is said that golfers cannot escape once they reach it. Designed by Colin Montgomerie, a Ryder Cup legend, the course offers a links-like competitive feel and enough outdoor beauty to make you want to stay there forever. As for the links part, I would say that it has more of a links meets parkland vibe to it.

Headfort Golf Club

The Headfort Golf Club course near Dublin, Ireland is strange in a different manner than all the rest. With natural ponds, lakes, streams, oaks and other obstacles, the entire course seems to have been designed by nature especially for golfing. This 18 hole course offers a number of nature’s very own creations into which golfers can try to put golf ball. It also doubles as a wildlife preservation of sorts so expect a lot of communion with nature.

Valderrama

In Spain you will find the Valderrama golf course. Considered by many to be the perfect mix of difficulty and beauty, the hardest thing for golfers that choose to play here is not hitting the ball but maintaining concentration while they’re doing it. Natural beauty and the hand of man offer a perfect blend that you rarely see in our day and time.

With Europe housing well over 7000 golf courses which vary in difficulty, beauty and sheer wackiness, it is quite likely that there are far more interesting golf courses out there that are just waiting to be discovered and written about. Until then however, we hope you fully enjoyed our top 5 strange golf courses based in Europe. All the best in your golfing.

Golf Courses – What makes them great.

golf course maintenance budgetsThe game of golf has a history which goes back deep into ancient civilization. Time has refined the game and as we look at it today it has turned out to be a game of the elite.

However just as drinking scotch and vintage wine give an altogether different dimensional thrill and status to the consumer so does the greens and the environment of the golf course to a connoisseur of the game, it also about skills and golf fitness.

The hills, forest, seas, lakes and lagoons within, besides the weather, its antiquity , endorsements, the thrill which its landscaping and architecture has to offer to the golfer besides a host of associated factors go into making a course top class. As the game of golf is one of extreme and utmost precision, concentration, patience the surroundings should be conducive enough to support these traits of the golfer.

Though the United States houses many a renowned courses – to name a few The Pine Valley Golf Club – New Jersey, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club – Southampton New York, Winged Foot Golf Club – Mamaroneck New York, etc,.

However the best per the endorsement of the top professional happens to be Cypress Point Club – California. Tiger Woods in an interview to a portal in 2005 stated that it happened to be his favorite hole to play in the United States. Besides this club was adjudged as # 2 in the year 2011 by the Golf Magazine among the top 100 golf courses of the world and as # 5 by the Golf digest in their 2011 – 12 list of America’s 100 greatest golf courses.

Great Architecture

CypressPoint15Golf course architects always design uniqueness to each and every golf course – which represents their exquisite signature to their work. The co architect of the Cypress Point Club was Alister MacKenzie and Robert Hunter which was designed in 1928. Till 1991 A.T. & T. Pebble Beach National Pro – Am was held at this course.

The uniqueness of this course is its setting on the coastal dunes. The designing is such that the course traverses through the Del Monte Forest during the front nine and behold thereafter one is just gawked when one re-emerges to the rocky coastline for playing the remaining holes. The wow factor of the golfers and the architectural signature of the course is the 16th hole which poses a real challenge to even the top pro’s.

A golfer is required to take a 231 yard tee shot over the pacific to a mid sized green patch which is strategically surrounded by bunkers. Even an iota of error can make or break a golfer at this course. Playing at this course is only possible if invited by a member. Rules of membership are very stringent and the club membership fees are the same for every member irrespective of the number of games he plays during a given year.

Playing golf at Cypress Point Club – California are both a golfers delight and nightmare – due to the intrinsic challenges and fantasies it possesses within.