Probably the coolest game of golf in the world

NewsflarePublished: January 9, 2018
Published: January 9, 2018

Welcome to the Inaugural Antarctic Clock Golf championship, where players battle it out in one of the world’s most remote locations for surely the planet's coolest golf game.

It is unknown who exactly built the first clock-face golf course but the game is believed to have originated in the mid-19th century, supposedly by the English upper classes who wanted to practice their golf putting in a more intimate way. Whatever the origins – the game became quite a success in Victorian Britain.

The Antarctic version of the game, played at Union Glacier in Antarctica last month, revolved around four tee-marked starting points representing a clock face.

The object was to take the least amount of shots from the four starting points to sink a putt with strokes combined to complete their round. In this context, like in speedgolf, the flag-stick was left in during play.

In the extreme conditions of the Antarctic, with temperatures of minus 25°C, players had just one round to establish their superiority.

Each player used the same putter and highly visible golf ball for their round. In the end, it was Pal Skyrud from Norway who took the men’s title and Sally Orange from Britain who took the women’s crown.

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