Is this just a dream?, or is it real?. The original article I’m getting this information from is from 2011. Well, it seems that a floating golf course did become a reality in the Maldives, with a view of the ocean on every hole, check out that article here. But after looking at the pictures, this one is a bit different
Anyways, back to the original article, people will have trouble avoiding the water on this golf course, as it is a floating island. The £320m design includes 27 holes, is set upon three linked islands and also features around 200 villas as well. Oh and I forgot to mention the 45 private islands and a conversation center.
An underwater tunnel also leads golfers to different islands between shots at this golf course, as well as access to the clubhouse where a glass elevator goes to the main bar which doubles as an aquarium as well.
This destination is only just a five minute speedboat ride from the capital of Male, giving golfers the chance to make very quick journey’s to the mainland. Astoundingly, the course will probably be powered by solar energy which is a resource the Maldives has lots of already, as this place is located just north of the equator.
The idea is the brainchild of Dutch firm Waterstudio, who has designed this project. It is being engineered by the floating architecture specialists Dutch Docklands. The CEO Paul van de Camp also noted: “We told the leader of the Maldives we can transform you from climate refugees to climate innovations”.
The whole idea of this place is the brainchild of Dutch firm Waterstudio, who designed this project. It’s being engineered by a floating architecture specialists Dutch Docklands.
“And we have a way of building and sustaining this project which is environmentally friendly too, so this is going to be an exclusively green development in a marine protected area as well”.
According to the article, this will be the first and only floating golf course in the world. Then there is the clubhouse, which you get into an elevator and go underwater to get to it. It’s like being Captain Nemo down there.
More than 80% of the 1,190 coral reef islands in the Maldives are no more than a meter above sea level.
As the sea levels reach dangerous levels, one option for the government is to build defense walls as they have around Male, while another is to live on a floating landscape. The Designer named Koen Olthuls said in a statement: “We will be building the islands somewhere else, most likely somewhere in the Middle East or in India, that way there is no environmental cost to the Maldives.
“When it comes down to the golf course, the islands will be floated into position first and then the grass will be seeded and the trees will be planted just after that as well. Development on the course is expected to be later this year, and it should be ready to be built by the end of 2013 ahead of the full launch in 2015”.
UPDATE: If anyone can confirm that this place was actually built please leave a comment below, because I don’t live in the Maldives and I can’t find anything on Google about this place being actually built.