Even on your average course, one of the biggest obstacles a golfer encounters is the mental aspect of the game. When you factor in an unusual twist to the course, then mentality and skill both come into play, along with a lot of luck. Take golf to a whole new level with some of the most unusual courses and holes that North America has to offer. Unusual can come in many forms.
900 Floating Green Drive, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
For the golfers who have mastered stationary holes, this is a golf course with floating holes. If golf isn't challenging enough by sinking a hole on a stationary green, then try sinking the ball in a hole on a floating green. This unique 14th hole with a par 3 is found at the Coeur d'Alene Resort Golf Course in northern Idaho. Instead of reaching this unusual hole by golf cart, it is accessible only by the Putter Boat Shuttle. This floating green tops the list as being one of the most fun and memorable golfing experiences. The course, cradled by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, consists of rolling wooded hillsides surrounded by the pristine Lake Coeur d'Alene and a crisp trout stream.
541 McLamb Road, Calabash, NC
Most golfers can cover some ground in a round of golf, but nothing is better than playing in two states in one round. With Farmstead Golf Links, on the 18th hole, a player starts out teeing off in South Carolina and ends with the final putt on the green in North Carolina. The 18th hole runs 767 yards long, with a rare par 6, which makes this a unique challenge for any golfer. This course is embedded in the natural terrain of Calabash, North Carolina, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The fairways and greens are very well maintained on this one-of-a-kind course.
17544 Tunica Trace, Angola, LA
Nature is usually the culprit to hazardous golf conditions, but not for the Prison View Golf Course. This nine-hole golf course is home to the Louisiana State Penitentiary, the largest maximum-security prison in the United States. The prisoners actually maintain the course -- but no worries, they are not allowed to play. Players must pass a complete background check, which has to be applied for 48 hours in advance. Play can be suspended at any time due to any unforeseen emergencies.
4400 W. 16th St., Indianapolis, IN
While Brickyard Crossing may not suspend play due to penitentiary activities, it does close for the Indy 500, the Allstate 400, and the U.S. Grand Prix. This course seems a little like a full-blown miniature golf version with the racing atmosphere. The layout includes the placement of four holes inside the track of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, while the remaining 14 are located outside the track. Golf lovers who are racing fans can kill two birds with one stone at this action-packed arena.
330 Golf Club Drive, Fairbanks, Alaska
Where else would a golfer not be penalized for a golf ball disappearing due to its natural environment? Only at North Star Golf Club in Fairbanks, Alaska, where birds and foxes have been known to carry off balls in play. Surrounded by expansive forests and an abundance of wildlife, it's no wonder the scorecard includes an animal checklist. The course is underlain with permafrost, which contributes to a constant flux of ever-changing terrain.
You don't have to be an avid golfer to enjoy these unique golfing experiences. Whether you're tearing it up or need a mulligan or two, these courses accommodate all levels of play.
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