A few weeks ago, I was talking to a guy who was telling me about a sand golf course here in Kuwait. I had never heard of a sand course before, but it was described to me as, “a golf course without grass.” Say what!?!?!?!?! He went on to tell me that they give you a little piece of grass that you carry around with you. Before each swing, you put your ball on your chunk of grass, and swing away.
Here is what the tee box looked like at each hole. They each had a little black rubber mat, that you could jam a golf tee into to set up your shot. It was super weird hitting on an elevated platform, where your shoes would stick to the mat, and you were constantly worried that if you duffed your shot, you would snap your driver in half!
Here’s my buddy Adam teeing off at one of the holes.
Here is Adam with a shot in the middle of the fairway, no it’s not a sand trap! You can see the little chunk of grass that we used to hit the ball.
At this course, you definitely wanted to play down the middle of the fairway. The “rough” was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I was constantly looking for snakes, scorpions, and whatever else lived in there!
Another shot of the rough.
Here is a picture of Adam’s approach shot at one of the holes. You will notice that the “green” is even sand. The greens (or perhaps I should call them browns) were a bit more firm than the rest of the course. It seems like they sprayed oil or something on them to keep them packed and somewhat smooth.
Trying to make a putt at this course was nearly impossible. The greens were so bumpy, and you were hitting through sand and rocks.
You can get a good luck at the greens in this picture. Check out all of the footprints! Apparently they go out every morning with a broom and sweep them, to try and smooth them out a bit.
I got pretty excited that I was this close to sinking a decent putt, based on the conditions, but of course . . . . . . I came up short!
Here is a view looking back towards the tee box at one of the holes. Everything was so brown and dead! At times, it seemed like we were on another planet, like Mars!
Here is one of the sand traps at the “sand” course! They were so deep, that you could barely see the green if you were trying to hit out of them. The entire thing was coated in concrete too, so you had to be super careful, especially if you would skull one. Next thing you know, you would end up taking one between the eyes.
I don’t know what the heck these things are, but they were all over the golf course. They seemed like they were some sort of vent or something, from an old oil well. They were making a slight humming sound.
This is my golf ball at the end of my round. Before I started, it was brand new! When your ball is skipping through the sand and bouncing off rocks, it endures quite the beating. It was completely messed up!
Wow, what an experience we had! It was a ton of fun and it will definitely make for some fun stories to tell our friends and families about next summer. It was about $7 for 9 holes. While it was fun to get out and hit some golf balls, I highly doubt I will be back here again. It was a cool experience, but I would hardly call it “golf.” It was more like a round of “desert ball!”