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9 of the world's most unusual golf courses

By: Josh Lew on April 14, 2015, 9:50 a.m.
Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, Australia

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Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, Australia

Saying that the Opal Fields Golf Club at Coober Pedy is unique is an understatement. The owners claim it is the only course in the world that has reciprocal rights with Scotland’s famous St. Andrews. The fairways and greens look very different from your average country club. However, Opal Fields does have the standard 18 holes and a total par score of 72.

Because of the desert surroundings, you won’t find green fairways here. This is a completely grassless course. Players hit off a piece of artificial turf and the “greens” are soaked in a type of oil so that they remain packed and the sand does not blow away in the sometimes heavy winds.