Presenting the world’s most interesting golf course features

This weekend, the PGA Tour is in Hilton Head, South Carolina, home of the Harbour Town Golf Course and its distinctive candy-cane lighthouse overlooking the 18th hole. With that in mind, we present 10 more of the most distinctive off-course features in golf. Get those clubs packed to knock a few of these off your list!


The Clubhouse at St. Andrews: The magisterial clubhouse overlooking the 18th green at St. Andrews is one of golf's most famous off-course features. Every time I've played this course on a video game, I've spanged one off the front face of the clubhouse, which is probably why I've never been invited to play the real thing. (The Old Course Hotel, which overlooks the 17th tee, also fits here.)

The waves at Pebble Beach's seventh: If the waves come into play in your golf game at Pebble, you're in a world of hurt. Still, the crashing waves are unforgettable, one of the game's most enduring elements. Ryo Ishikawa there is trying to block it out.

The Statue of Liberty, Liberty National Golf Course: All of Liberty National, home of the Barclays, boasts views of Manhattan, but this one, with Lady Liberty in the background, is particularly cameraworthy.

Ailsa Craig, Turnberry: It sits out there in the water like some creepy whale, or maybe like that other island in "Lost," and it remains a silent viewer of some of the most amazing golf in history. Tom Watson is undecided on whether he ever wants to see it again. (And hey, look: there's Ryo Ishikawa again! That dude's everywhere!)

Firestone Country Club ball: Looming over the famous Firestone Country Club, this would appear to be a ball teed up perfectly for whoever can wield that monster 90-foot-tall TaylorMade driver in San Diego.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Brickyard Crossing Golf Club: Several of the holes of this golf club are in fact inside IMS, which means you've got to get your golf cart up to about 200 mph between holes.

The Korean Border, Camp Bonifas Golf Course: All right, "course" is a misnomer; Camp Bonifas in South Korea is a single-hole, 192-yard par-3. But if you drift the ball too far in one direction or the other, it lands amidst land mines. Probably want to just let that one go.

The Kelani Valley Railroad, Royal Colombo Golf Club, Sri Lanka: Train tracks traverse the fairway on four holes at the Royal Colombo. Careful with that drive, my friend.

Mt. Fuji, Taiheiyo Club's Gotemba Course, Japan. That's one of the most magnificent views in the world right there. Why, you could probably sneak in a couple extra strokes while your mates were staring at the view. Just sayin'.

International hole, Ambush Golf Course, Lajitas, Texas. We're stretching the definition of "off-course" with this one, but it's worth it. There's a special tee where you can tee off in America and your ball crosses the Rio Grande to land in Mexico. (You can't go get your ball.) Along with the Green Zone Golf Course, where nine holes are in Finland and nine are in Sweden, it's the only place in the world where you can golf in two countries.

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