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Have you played any of these 25 unconventional golf courses?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

The other thread got me thinking about unique and unconventional golf courses out there. Have any of you played courses on this list?

 

25. Bay Harbor Golf Club (Quarry)

24. Chambers Bay

23. Whistling Straits

22. Shadow Creek Golf Club

21. El Camaleón at the Fairmont Mayakoba

20. Streamsong (Blue and Red)

19. Old Works Golf Club

18. Fossil Trace Golf Club

17. Coeur D'Alene

16. Le Touessrok Golf Course

15. La Jenny Resort Course

14. Furnace Creek Golf Course

13. Royal Colombo Golf Club

12. Palmetto Hall Plantation (Robert Cupp Course)

11. Brickyard Crossing

10. Don Mueang International Airport Golf Course

9. Prison View Golf Club

8. The Opal Fields Golf Club

7. Nullarbor Links

6. Himalayan Golf Club

5. Firestone Overseas Golf Club

4. Merapi Golf Course

3. Uummannaq Greenland

2. Camp Bonifas

1. Extreme 19th at Legend Golf & Safari Resort

 

Why they're ranked this way and pictures found here: http://four.sm/HORgrs

post #2 of 20

I've played El Camelon.  The most beautiful place I've ever played. 

 

And after hitting a perfect drive on 1, I topped my approach shot into that cavern shown in the picture.

 

 

 

 

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post #3 of 20

I only clicked on the thread to see all of the goofy courses.  Did not expect to see one that I have played, however, I enjoyed #19 back in June.  Here are some pictures ... http://thesandtrap.com/t/56097/share-your-personal-course-pictures/180_30#post_855180

post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by dsc123 View Post
 

I've played El Camelon.  The most beautiful place I've ever played. 

 

And after hitting a perfect drive on 1, I topped my approach shot into that cavern shown in the picture.

 

 

 

 

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Great pics!

post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by Golfingdad View Post
 

I only clicked on the thread to see all of the goofy courses.  Did not expect to see one that I have played, however, I enjoyed #19 back in June.  Here are some pictures ... http://thesandtrap.com/t/56097/share-your-personal-course-pictures/180_30#post_855180

 

Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great track!

post #6 of 20

#18, Fossil Trace in Golden, Colorado, and #19, Old Works in Anaconda, Montana. 

 

Fossil Trace 10th hole:

 

 

4th hole at The Old Works:

 

post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 

Thanks for sharing Rick. Looks like there is lots of trouble at Old Works!

post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Foursum Golf View Post
 

Thanks for sharing Rick. Looks like there is lots of trouble at Old Works!

 

Old Works is a Nicklaus design, built on the dump piles from a 19th century silver ore processing plant.  It's an EPA fund site, and they use the black slag from the refinery for bunker sand.  It was built so that all of the water used on the course filters down to the lowest end, then is recycled before being reused or released to the river.  It's a fun course to play, over 7700 yards from the tips, and still 6700 from the mid tees.

post #9 of 20
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Old Works is a Nicklaus design, built on the dump piles from a 19th century silver ore processing plant.  It's an EPA fund site, and they use the black slag from the refinery for bunker sand.  It was built so that all of the water used on the course filters down to the lowest end, then is recycled before being reused or released to the river.  It's a fun course to play, over 7700 yards from the tips, and still 6700 from the mid tees.

Copper smelting. ;-)  I wanted to be real nit-picky and point out that the article (http://four.sm/HORgrs) says its built on the old Anaconda Copper Mine, but that mine is over in Butte (hehehe) and its the smelting plant that was in Anaconda underneath the course.  But I decided against it ... and then I went ahead and wrote it here anyways.  Those people that always have to know stuff and always have to be right ... they are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying!! :doh:

 

 

P.S.  I loved those bunkers ... so easy to hit out of, and didn't ruin your shoes like they looked like they might. ;)

 

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So ... who's played Coeur D'Alene???  The article claims that the green could be pushed back to 218 yards!!!  WTF?!?!?  That would be diabolical!!!!

post #10 of 20
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Copper smelting. ;-)  I wanted to be real nit-picky and point out that the article (http://four.sm/HORgrs) says its built on the old Anaconda Copper Mine, but that mine is over in Butte (hehehe) and its the smelting plant that was in Anaconda underneath the course.  But I decided against it ... and then I went ahead and wrote it here anyways.  Those people that always have to know stuff and always have to be right ... they are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying!! :doh:

 

 

P.S.  I loved those bunkers ... so easy to hit out of, and didn't ruin your shoes like they looked like they might. ;)

 

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So ... who's played Coeur D'Alene???  The article claims that the green could be pushed back to 218 yards!!!  WTF?!?!?  That would be diabolical!!!!

 

It's posts like this that will make us get better. I appreciate the feedback!


Edited by Foursum Golf - 11/15/13 at 6:15pm
post #11 of 20
The most unconventional things I've seen on a course were the Micky Mouse bunkers at the Disney courses.

Not exactly floating green level stuff though. a2_wink.gif
post #12 of 20

At my home course, one hole has a huge oak tree that sits right in the middle of the fairway at around 230 yards from the blue tees.  Not a big problem for me but the bigger hitters in the club have threatened to cut it down numerous times. 

post #13 of 20

Rick, is that you playing in sandals?  Where do you think you are, on the Bahamas Beach?  This is golf man!  Gotta dress the part/ 

post #14 of 20
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Rick, is that you playing in sandals?  Where do you think you are, on the Bahamas Beach?  This is golf man!  Gotta dress the part/ 

 

 

Yep.  That's me.  I've had actual shoes on for about 3 weeks out of the last year and a half.  Even before moving down here I still wore them all summer in Colorado, and even as much of the fall and spring as I could, snow cover permitting.  My toes like to breathe. :smartass:

 

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Originally Posted by Fourputt View Post
 

 

Old Works is a Nicklaus design, built on the dump piles from a 19th century silver ore processing plant.  It's an EPA fund site, and they use the black slag from the refinery for bunker sand.  It was built so that all of the water used on the course filters down to the lowest end, then is recycled before being reused or released to the river.  It's a fun course to play, over 7700 yards from the tips, and still 6700 from the mid tees.

Copper smelting. ;-)  I wanted to be real nit-picky and point out that the article (http://four.sm/HORgrs) says its built on the old Anaconda Copper Mine, but that mine is over in Butte (hehehe) and its the smelting plant that was in Anaconda underneath the course.  But I decided against it ... and then I went ahead and wrote it here anyways.  Those people that always have to know stuff and always have to be right ... they are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo annoying!! :doh:

 

 

P.S.  I loved those bunkers ... so easy to hit out of, and didn't ruin your shoes like they looked like they might. ;)

 

 

Actually, if you  read the history, the old "Upper Works" smelter was used extensively for extracting the silver which was mixed in with copper ore.  It was later that they expanded the "Lower Works" and became more dedicated to copper, and later yet, the "New Works" on the other side of the valley was built totally for copper.  Further processing after the copper was extracted was done elsewhere.

 

Copper ore contains a lot of valuable stuff besides copper.  I worked in the Anaconda smelter in Great Falls for 3 years back in the 60's, and one of the byproducts of the process there was a black sludge (called sliver sludge), which was shipped out to another facility for further processing.  Each 4' x 2' x 1' box was insured for $4000, considerably more than the price of a typical new car.  The sludge contained stuff like iridium and other valuable rare earth metals. 

post #15 of 20
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Actually, if you  read the history, the old "Upper Works" smelter was used extensively for extracting the silver which was mixed in with copper ore.  It was later that they expanded the "Lower Works" and became more dedicated to copper, and later yet, the "New Works" on the other side of the valley was built totally for copper.  Further processing after the copper was extracted was done elsewhere.

Copper ore contains a lot of valuable stuff besides copper.  I worked in the Anaconda smelter in Great Falls for 3 years back in the 60's, and one of the byproducts of the process there was a black sludge (called sliver sludge), which was shipped out to another facility for further processing.  Each 4' x 2' x 1' box was insured for $4000, considerably more than the price of a typical new car.  The sludge contained stuff like iridium and other valuable rare earth metals. 
Whoops ... Sorry about that. Even worse than people who always correct you are those dummies who do it when they're wrong! ;)

Thanks for the info, though. :)
post #16 of 20

I have never played any, but I'm surprised that Tobacco Road in North Carolina wasn't on the list.

 

Hoping to play El Camelon in April while in Cancun on vacation

post #17 of 20

Here are some photos showing a few of the "unconventional" aspects of fossil trace.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by sabram - 11/23/13 at 11:10am
post #18 of 20

And a few from Whistling Straits... Got Sand?  (Here's a link to a full photo tour: http://www.flickr.com/photos/golfcoursepix/sets/72157631986126250/show/with/8177172688/

 

 

 

 

 

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