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Wade Whitehead

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Far Flung
« on: August 03, 2022, 09:23:28 PM »
There are courses on six continents and I know some of them are extremely remote.

What's the most isolated place you've played golf?

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Jeff_Brauer

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2022, 09:28:35 PM »
I've played in Indonesia and Malaysia.  England, Ireland, Scotland, and Spain in Europe.  All the famous ones in Australia and a few others.


I forget I also played in Singapore, Canada, and the Philipines.  The course in the Philipines was pretty far out of Manilla, and would be the only one I would consider remote.
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Rob Marshall

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2022, 09:31:55 PM »
Hawaii and Ireland…far but not remote.
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Pete_Pittock

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2022, 10:43:45 PM »
I thought this was going to be an OT thread on club tossing.
I've logged about 500 and the most remote was Christmas Valley in the middle of southeast Oregon. Must be a homey,

Tyler Kearns

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2022, 11:14:35 PM »
As a kid from the Canadian prairies, Barnbougle Dunes is the most remote golf course I've played.


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ward peyronnin

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2022, 09:14:05 AM »
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No one around and we played a fivesome with the caddie capt and his harem of four middle aged women members.
Other than the total paucity of shrubbery it worked great
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Tom_Doak

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2022, 10:01:24 AM »
Wow, I don't know how to define this.  Away from people, or away from other golf courses?


If it's away from people, then somewhere like Dismal River or Cape Wickham might be in the mix.


If it's away from other golf courses, then it's gotta be Magellanes GC in Punta Arenas, near the south tip of Chile.  Although I guess Lofoten Links in Norway would give that a run for its money.

Adam Lawrence

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2022, 10:45:47 AM »
Yeah, I think Lofoten is the most remote place I've played. Askernish feels like the end of the world but it's only 45 minutes by plane from Glasgow. Cape Breton Highlands has a bit of that 'end of the world' feel too.
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Ira Fishman

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2022, 11:16:03 AM »
Away from people (both in reality and psychologically): Primland.


I Cannot Believe There is a Course Here: Mt. Massive. Talk about carry at high altitudes.

Pete_Pittock

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2022, 11:20:06 AM »
When I had a rusty bucket list the top position was Coober Pedy, but I never had the remotest chance, geographically.
Come to think of it I may have been about 7 miles away, but that was on an airplane from Adelaide to Uluru.
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Thomas Dai

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2022, 11:42:32 AM »
Nuuk?
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Tom_Doak

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2022, 07:26:25 AM »

Nuuk?



Have you been there?  That's on my bucket list.


Stanley GC in the Falklands is another very remote spot I haven't been to.  And I think there is a course on Diego Garcia?


The one that Coore & Crenshaw built in Indonesia looks. pretty hard to get to.

Thomas Dai

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2022, 08:10:58 AM »
Nuuk?
Have you been there?  That's on my bucket list.
Stanley GC in the Falklands is another very remote spot I haven't been to.  And I think there is a course on Diego Garcia?
The one that Coore & Crenshaw built in Indonesia looks. pretty hard to get to.
Nuuk, no, wouldn’t mind though. Same with Port Stanley.
There are a couple of courses on the Azores, one laid out by Mackenzie Ross.
Lord Howe Island west of Aussie has a course. So to do St Helena and Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. Believe the Chatham Isles west of NZ has a course although I’m not sure of the quality of some of the latter.
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Joe_Tucholski

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2022, 11:50:51 AM »
Thule, Greenland (not a real course) and then over 9,000 miles away in Tasmania.
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Doug Bolls

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #14 on: August 05, 2022, 12:14:20 PM »
Ira - My son and I played Mt Massive in Colorado a couple of weeks ago.  They claim to be the highest elevation golf course in North America - 10,152 feet is what it says on their pin flags.  We both found it a challenge to operate at that altitude - fortunately we had a bottle of compressed oxygen that helped us through the round.
Mt Massive GC is close to Leadville in remote Colorado - it was a little over an hour from where we were staying in Silverthorn, CO.

jeffwarne

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #15 on: August 05, 2022, 12:35:12 PM »
None really that remote-just feel that way.
Durness Scotland
Traigh GC Scotland(feels remote)
Connemara Isles-(feels remote)

Oreti Sands, NZ (NLE  :'( )
Spey Bay, Scotland
King Island GC Tasmania
Tarraleah GC Tasmania
North Haven, Maine (hour and 10 minute ferry)
The Machrie-before current ownership

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Ira Fishman

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #16 on: August 05, 2022, 02:08:49 PM »
Ira - My son and I played Mt Massive in Colorado a couple of weeks ago.  They claim to be the highest elevation golf course in North America - 10,152 feet is what it says on their pin flags.  We both found it a challenge to operate at that altitude - fortunately we had a bottle of compressed oxygen that helped us through the round.
Mt Massive GC is close to Leadville in remote Colorado - it was a little over an hour from where we were staying in Silverthorn, CO.


Doug,


My Sister lives in Leadville which is why we have played Mt. Massive. If you think golf is tough, check out the long distance bike and running races that people flock there for.

Tommy Williamsen

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #17 on: August 05, 2022, 02:32:03 PM »
People have said to me, “Tommy your nuts.” I’ll come back from someplace. While there I will have driven hours to play some obscure course. When we were in South Africa, we took a side trip to Lesotho, and I played Maseru GC.

I was with my assistant in Madagascar and told him to drive to the golf club in Antsirabe and its sand greens.

My wife and I were in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and had our driver bring us to Elephant Hills GC.

We were in Israel and went from Capernaum, the home of Jesus to Caesarea where we played the only course in the country.

We just returned from Norway where we wandered inside the Arctic Circle and played Lofoten Links.

Except for Lofoten Links, the other courses were not very memorable but it sure is fun to do.
So I know some of you have gone way off the beaten path.
Tom Williamsen
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Adam Lawrence

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2022, 03:38:48 PM »
Tommy — was Caesarea any good? My late friend Richard Wax was very deeply involved with that project.
Adam Lawrence

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Tommy Williamsen

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2022, 04:38:18 PM »
Tommy — was Caesarea any good? My late friend Richard Wax was very deeply involved with that project.


There were a few things interesting about the project. Dye was told to move the corridor to include some expensive homes so they could have golf course frontage. The corridors off the tee were very wide and playable. There are some forced carries off the tee, however. From the  players I observed, there are not many "accomplished" players. Most are still learning the game. The shots into the greens are demanding. Many of the greens are very small and are well bunkered.


I enjoyed the course. Conditioning was spotty. It is a good test but won't beat up the higher handicapper.


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Tom Williamsen
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Tommy Williamsen

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2022, 04:40:21 PM »




Tom Williamsen
Where there is no love, put love; there you will find love.
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Wayne_Kozun

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2022, 04:41:01 PM »
Why is there only one course in Israel?  I realize that much of the country is arid and water is an issue, but so are many other places in the ME that have golf courses.  And I have to think that there are lots of people living in Israel who were long time golfers in America,  the UK, Canada, Australia, etc.

Tommy Williamsen

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2022, 04:53:36 PM »
Why is there only one course in Israel?  I realize that much of the country is arid and water is an issue, but so are many other places in the ME that have golf courses.  And I have to think that there are lots of people living in Israel who were long time golfers in America,  the UK, Canada, Australia, etc.


Good question. I asked the pro that same question. His answer not mine was that the game is not deeply rooted in the Jewish culture. The course was full the day I played it. 80% of the players walked. The Dye course was a complete redesign of a course that had been there. From what I heard there is another course on the drawing board.


The Maccabiah games were held recently. The winning score for three rounds was 229. He won by 8 shots.

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Tom Williamsen
Where there is no love, put love; there you will find love.
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Tom_Doak

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2022, 04:57:12 PM »
Why is there only one course in Israel?  I realize that much of the country is arid and water is an issue, but so are many other places in the ME that have golf courses.  And I have to think that there are lots of people living in Israel who were long time golfers in America,  the UK, Canada, Australia, etc.


I had a call from someone years ago who wanted to build a golf course there in sand dunes close to the seaside.


I had some concerns about whether that was a safe destination for my associates, so I sent an email to Tom Friedmann, the former Middle East correspondent for the NYT, who is also a golfer and occasional golf writer.  His response:  "Make sure it's not within mortar range of the Gaza strip."


So, as soon as they achieve peace in the region, I will have a great course to build.  :D


NOTE:  I did get another call recently about a project somewhere over there, but it was pretty vague as to the specifics.

Tommy Williamsen

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Re: Far Flung
« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2022, 05:04:29 PM »
Why is there only one course in Israel?  I realize that much of the country is arid and water is an issue, but so are many other places in the ME that have golf courses.  And I have to think that there are lots of people living in Israel who were long time golfers in America,  the UK, Canada, Australia, etc.


I had a call from someone years ago who wanted to build a golf course there in sand dunes close to the seaside.


I had some concerns about whether that was a safe destination for my associates, so I sent an email to Tom Friedmann, the former Middle East correspondent for the NYT, who is also a golfer and occasional golf writer.  His response:  "Make sure it's not within mortar range of the Gaza strip."


So, as soon as they achieve peace in the region, I will have a great course to build.  :D


NOTE:  I did get another call recently about a project somewhere over there, but it was pretty vague as to the specifics.


I realize there are serious problems in the area that cannot be overlooked. But in our two weeks there and in Jordan we never felt unsafe.
Tom Williamsen
Where there is no love, put love; there you will find love.
St. John of the Cross

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