5 off-the-beaten-track golf courses to play before you die

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It’s no secret that Aussies and Kiwis love to travel – whether it be out of necessity because the rest of the world is so far away, or because we are just adventurous by nature.

Either way, we’re always looking for reasons to get on a big, jet plane and take a break from work for a few weeks – and we can’t think of any better excuse for a holiday than a golf trip.

There are the obvious ones – Singapore’s Sentosa is not too far away and great for families, or you could embrace tradition and head to Scotland for an authentic golf experience with the boys.

But, if you’re looking for something truly unique, there are golf courses in remote areas all over the world you should consider ticking off your bucket list. They may not be the easiest to get to, but the end result is definitely worth it.

Here’s turfmate’s pick of off-the-beaten-track golf courses to play before you die.

Lofoten Islands
If you’ve got the time and you’re willing to take several long-haul flights, Lofoten in Norway is a must-play. Situated over 160km north of the Arctic Circle, this clifftop course boasts stunning views of the Norwegian Sea (although you’ll want to rug up, as the average yearly high is a chilly 6 degrees Celsius).

If you head to Lofoten in summer, you will be able to play plenty of golf, as it stays light 24 hours a day. And an added bonus? At other times of the year, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights while you’re there.

Black Jack’s Crossing in Lajitas, Texas may be the only golf course for miles around, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t brilliant. Named after a U.S. Army General, named Black Jack Pershing, the course is a combination of stunning national park and historical landmarks.

The original Lajitas Trading Post is now the Pro Shop and Clubhouse. So, you can kick back and enjoy a whiskey after your round, just like the cowboys would have.

As we mentioned above, there is nothing overly original about a golf trip to Scotland – most avid golfers dream of visiting St Andrews and Royal Aberdeen. However, you can make your trip a little different by heading to Skaw, a golf course nearly 500km north of St Andrews.

Yes, you’ll probably need to take a small plane or ferry to get there, so it won’t be the easiest or cheapest endeavour, but when you arrive, it’s only 70 pounds a week for unlimited golf – and with not much else to do except enjoy the scenery, we’ve no doubt you’ll get your money’s worth.

The Nullarbor
This one’s a little closer to home, but just because it’s in our own backyard, doesn’t mean the world’s longest golf course isn’t worth the trip. At 1,365 kilometres long, you can play the Nullarbor Links as you go road trippin’ from Western Australia to South Australia.

If we’re being honest, the novelty factor definitely piques our interest, plus the rugged holes are a great way to break up what is otherwise an extremely monotonous drive.

The Himalayas
Most people planning an active trip to Nepal are all about the trekking, but why tire yourself out trudging up steep cliffs, when you could be driving and putting your way round the mountains instead? With stunning views of the iconic Annapurna mountain range as well as rivers, aerial cliff drops and waterfalls, there is plenty to look as you make your way around the Himalayas Golf Course.

Only 7km from Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city, this one is a little easier to get to than some of the others, but the giant mountains framing the course make it feel as remote as any other.

Love your golf as much as we do? You’ll find plenty more where that came from if you check out turfmate’s Golf News.