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I stumbled across the Royal Indian Ocean club golf course being planned (built?) in the Maldives. I love courses with water, so I can imagine dying a happy man if I ever had a chance to play this course:

 

http://www.funnymos.com/worlds-most-expensive-golf-course.html

 

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Without picking the usual suspects (August National, Pinehurst, TPC Sawgrass, Pebble Beach), what exotic golf course would you put on your bucket list?

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My wife is from South Africa, we are going over there next summer, our winter. I do not know when, my mother-in-law came to visit Christmas of 2010 and I bought her a plane ticket to get rid of her last August so neither of us have not been in a big hurry to see her again, but we are going at some point. Since we will be there anyway I am going to play the Legend Golf & Safari Resort. I am going to spring for the additional $300 for the helicopter ride and play the longest Par 3 in the world. 770 yards, 1200 ft elevation change, to a green the shape of Africa. It is the 19th hole and the 18 hole course is only $65 to play but hell, you go to Africa you play the course you have to play that hole.

 

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However, this dude looks a little bit too close to the edge for me.


 

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It says that depending on the wind, a 280-300 yard shot gets you on the green. If I spend an additional $300 bucks for one hole of golf I will take all the muligans I need. :D

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yeah, for $300 I'd bring a bucket of balls and work myself toward a hole in one!!! (though I dunno if I could get a ball to fly the 300 yards)

 

I'd LOVE to see Donald Trump build out some of the fantasy holes from AboutGolf:

 

 

 

realistically - Bandon Dunes. I'll play there within the next 2-3 years (just cause I have to)

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I will hopefully get round to playing a course over here this summer that I keep meaning to play, it is only a 20 minute drive from my house it's called Walton Heath. A classic heathland course here in England that held the Ryder Cup with with, what has been described as the "Greatest American Team" to play in it, back in 1981

 

follow this link to read about it on their website

 

www.waltonheath.com/Heritage/RyderCup.aspx

 

However if it was a course in America I would love to get over to play Shinnecock Hills, probably because I used to like Corey Pavin and had a limited edition replica of the Cleveland putter he won with there

 

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yeah, for $300 I'd bring a bucket of balls and work myself toward a hole in one!!! (though I dunno if I could get a ball to fly the 300 yards)

 

I'd LOVE to see Donald Trump build out some of the fantasy holes from AboutGolf:

 

 

 

realistically - Bandon Dunes. I'll play there within the next 2-3 years (just cause I have to)

 

Do they make a slope rating high enough for those two holes? :lol: Would be fun though

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That is one fantastic golf hole. I personally would love to play all over Ireland and missed a great opportunity when my brother spent 9 months living in Galway.


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I've played Pinehurst #2 and TPC Sawgrass but it's not likely that I'll ever play Augusta National or Pebble Beach. Other than those two and possibly some of the Scottish links courses, the one course that I really find intriguing is Chambers Bay. I don't ever expect to play there either, but I'm looking forward to watching the US Open telecast in 2015. That looked like a really interesting layout when the Amateur was there a couple of years ago.

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This is a course I am going to play in May. Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria on the Black Sea. It is a Gary Player design. My wife and I are talking about moving into this area and they offer joint memberships to Tharcian Cliffs and Blacksearoma Golf and Resort. I will be in this area a lot for work and it is very beautiful there. Nice weather most of the year. Great food and beer also.

 

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This is a course I am going to play in May. Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria on the Black Sea. It is a Gary Player design. My wife and I are talking about moving into this area and they offer joint memberships to Tharcian Cliffs and Blacksearoma Golf and Resort. I will be in this area a lot for work and it is very beautiful there. Nice weather most of the year. Great food and beer also.

 

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Well that's beautiful...

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Yes it is. But it was not open last time I was there. As a matter of fact, the first time I was there they only had one golf course in the country and I was no where near it. They have had three open up since 2008 in this area. This one in 2011, the BlackSeaRama in 2009, bofh are Gary Player designs, an Ian Woosan deisign place called the Lighthouse Golf Course. All of them right together.


 

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The location looks amazing hope the course turns out to be as good as it looks, would be great to call that your home club.

 

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This is a course I am going to play in May. Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria on the Black Sea. It is a Gary Player design. My wife and I are talking about moving into this area and they offer joint memberships to Tharcian Cliffs and Blacksearoma Golf and Resort. I will be in this area a lot for work and it is very beautiful there. Nice weather most of the year. Great food and beer also.

If only I have some reason to go to Bulgaria...

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If only I have some reason to go to Bulgaria...

 

 

Bulgaria is not really anything like I expected. On first impression, well, I went through Germany on my way there. My mother is German, and all her family is still there so I am partial, but everytime I go to Germany i am amazed. The place is immaculate. It looks like they just finished painting everything, and cutting the grass. Even the 1000 year old ruins are not dirty. I have never played golf in Germany but I would be rule one is that if you have a 9 am tee time, that first ball better be in the air at 9 am. Otherwise, "Du bist spat." and failure to replace a divot or repair a ball mark can get you shot.

 

Bulgaria, appears just the opposite at first. I was not sure that they were even aware that the lawn mower had been invented, and that it was possible to have a roof made of something besides red tile. Many things look like they are built by the high school shop class. However, this is the older Communist era stuff and attitude. The modern attitude there is much different. It is like this golf course. "We do not play golf, but we want to, so build us a nice golf course." To me this course,pictures anyway, look like Pebble Beach but with nicer weather. And more affordable.


 

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Bulgaria is not really anything like I expected. On first impression, well, I went through Germany on my way there. My mother is German, and all her family is still there so I am partial, but everytime I go to Germany i am amazed. The place is immaculate. It looks like they just finished painting everything, and cutting the grass. Even the 1000 year old ruins are not dirty. I have never played golf in Germany but I would be rule one is that if you have a 9 am tee time, that first ball better be in the air at 9 am. Otherwise, "Du bist spat." and failure to replace a divot or repair a ball mark can get you shot.

 

Where is this Germany you speak of? :lol: I play 3 times a week and still manage to get pissed off with the slow play, divots and pitch marks! :angry:

If you happen to be on the north side of Germany, let me know... you can give me some lessons... hmmm I mean, we can go play some golf! :D


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Only part of Europe I go to is France when visiting family. I haven't had a chance to golf there yet though.

 

Next time we go to visit my wife's family in Thailand though, we're already talking about staying at a resort. My wife has a friend who's husband and son are golfers (their son gets a full scholarship to some private school). So I was looking around at different resorts, I think I'll try Mission Hills in Phuket (Jack Nicklaus design):

 

http://www.missionhillsphuket.com

 

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(edit: I should mention there are cheaper rates for locals, otherwise it's very expensive)

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Where is this Germany you speak of? :lol: I play 3 times a week and still manage to get pissed off with the slow play, divots and pitch marks! :angry:

If you happen to be on the north side of Germany, let me know... you can give me some lessons... hmmm I mean, we can go play some golf! :D

 

 

This is all southern German around Munchen. Sadly my relatives do not play golf. I have no idea what golf is like in Germany, and after the first tee I can imagine it being very slow because the Germans are very picky. If you have a problem with Germans playing slowly it is because they are not told that they need to be finished by a certain time. My experience with Germans is if you give them a deadline it will be met.

I have noticed that you were in Germany and depending on how things go I may look you up. The thing is going from country to country is like going from state to state here.


 

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This is all southern German around Munchen. Sadly my relatives do not play golf. I have no idea what golf is like in Germany, and after the first tee I can imagine it being very slow because the Germans are very picky. If you have a problem with Germans playing slowly it is because they are not told that they need to be finished by a certain time. My experience with Germans is if you give them a deadline it will be met.

I have noticed that you were in Germany and depending on how things go I may look you up. The thing is going from country to country is like going from state to state here.

 

That sounds more like a stereotype to me or perhaps that's the case with older generations.

Anyways, if you are around, hit me up!

 

Just rent a nice car and enjoy the no-speed-limit Autobahn!


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