1) Legend Golf, The $1 million par 3 - South Africa
The 18-hole course at Legend Golf Resort in South Africa is unique in itself, with each hole being designed individually by a famous professional player, but it is the 'Extreme 19th Hole' where the action really hots up. The bonus hole's tee is perched on the monumental Hanglip Mountain, and the green is a hefty 830 metres away - however, with a vertical drop of 430 metres, it is a reachable par 3! Accessible by helicopter only, the hole is truly extraordinary, but that's not all - make a hole-in-one and you will receive one million US dollars!
2) Ice Golf - Greenland
Average temperatures in Greenland in March struggle above -13 degrees Celsius - not exactly ideal for golf, but carved amid the icebergs on the island of Uummannaq, off the north west coast, is a nine hole golf course! The balls are red and the greens are white, which is confusing from the start, but this is golf in the extreme. Every year the World Ice Golf Championships are staged on Greenland's first course, in a battle as much of skill as stamina!
3) Sand Golf - Dubai
The Dubai Country Club was home to the Emirate's first golf course, and the club now has two separate courses, both of which are grass-free! The greens are actually called 'browns', and are made of compacted sand which is regularly brushed to remain true. Carrying your own little slice of 'fairway', your voyage to the browns will negotiate water hazards and bunkers around the Al Awir and Creek Courses. If bunker play is not your strong suit, then sand golf may prove tricky, but there is no doubting that this is the ultimate Dubai golf experience.
4) Urban Golf - London
Where else can you play 52 of the world's most famous golf courses without leaving central London? Urban Golf was founded in 2004 with the instantly popular Soho branch, and the new Smithfield branch is proving to be a similar hit. The sleek and stylish clubs have putting greens, bars and freshly prepared food, all built around the custom manufactured simulators, which allow you to battle your associates around St Andrews, Pebble Beach, The Belfry, Valderrama and more. For a corporate golf event, there is no need to even leave the City!
5) Volcano Golf - Hawaii
If you like extreme golf with a dangerous edge, then the Volcano Golf & Country Club on Hawaii's Big Island will certainly appeal - the oldest golf course in Hawaii is actually located on the rim of the active Kilauea volcano! Just a pitching wedge to the Hawaii Volcano Park, the course is in the shadow of the Mauna Loa volcano, which, when measured from the sea floor, is twice as tall as Mount Everest! The heat from the volcano core is said to make the ball fly a little further - we're not sure about that, but we know it takes serious minerals to take on the Volcano Country Club.
6) Patagonia Golf - South America
Going all the way to South America, it would be remiss to pass up the chance to experience the truly amazing landscape of Patagonia. Combine your golf holiday with a guided trek into this geological marvel, carved up by colossal waterfalls and mountain lakes of the most striking blue. However, unlike the many backpackers that hit Patagonia, you can experience the sights in comfort - explore the treasures from the comfort of your luxury lodge during a once-in-a-lifetime golf adventure in glorious Patagonia.
7) The Bader Awesome 8
The Bader Awesome 8 is a unique golfing proposition - the challenge is this: play the most remote and climatically extreme golf courses in the world. Each individual completing this extremely extreme challenge will raise huge amounts of money for the Douglas Bader Foundation. The challenge is: Most northerly - Hammerfest, Norway; Coldest - North Star, Alaska; Highest - La Paz, Bolivia; Greatest - St Andrews, Scotland; Lowest - Furnace Creek, California; Most southerly - Ushuaia, Argentina; Toughest - Ko'olau, Hawaii; Hottest - Alice Springs, Australia. Good luck!
8) World's Longest Golf Course - Australia
You'll need some time to complete your round at the world's longest course - Nullarbor Links will feature a single hole in each township that spans the the 1,365 kilometre Eyre Highway, from Kalgoorlie in Western Australia to Ceduna in South Australia! Each hole will have a tee and a green, connected by a rugged, outback fairway in the quintessential Australian style. Nullarbor Links is designed to make the journey along the seemingly endless highway a bit more satisfying. Though not yet complete, the Nullarbor Links team must be congratulated for making backpacker-friendly golf!
9) Pinehurst Sabbatical - USA
The Pinehurst Sabbatical is the ultimate experience for an avid golfer - this intensive and ultra-exclusive 30-day program is available to just four people each year, and is pure Pinehurst from start to finish. Included are at least 4 rounds on the famed Pinehurst No. 2, unlimited golf on the remaining courses, sports psychology sessions, personalised tuition from a top 100 coach, spa treatments and even a personal shopper! For total immersion in golf, there is nothing to rival the exclusive Pinehurst Sabbatical.
10) Crocodile Golf - South Africa
The Lost City Course at the Sun City Resort in South Africa is known for its amazing desert-style design, but what adds the most challenge is the approach to the 13th green. Standing on the fairway, golfers are faced with a carry over the water hazard guarding the front of the green - fair enough, but consider this: there are 38 crocodiles in the water! These reptilian monsters are the honorary greenkeepers, and who would argue? Bravery in spades is what is required to negotiate safe passage at Lost City's amazing 13th hole!