1:00 pm, September 14th, 2013
Sports are a universal way of saying, “Hey, here’s irrefutable evidence I’m better than you” — and who doesn’t want to be able to say that? Answer: no one in the whole wide world. That’s why athletic proving grounds pop up all over the place. Driveways, backyards, 10,000 ft above sea level, deserts, on icebergs — everybody is trying to get in on the action no matter where they are. So we’ve scoured the globe like a sportsy Indiana Jones, and brought you the 5 most ridiculously obscure, remote sports “venues” in existence. Why? Because it’s Sunday and you’re bored and alone and you’re waiting to eat again.
1.Galolhu National Stadium, Malé
Located a few hundred miles west of Sri Lanka, Male is home to around 100,000 people.
2.Galolhu National Stadium, Malé
This is a country.
3.Galolhu National Stadium, Malé
Not really sure how real estate works in Malé, but something tells me a soccer field is a lot of room on an island roughly 2 squares miles.
4.Galolhu National Stadium, Malé
The stadium is considered multi-use, with a capacity of 11,850. However, it's is predominantly used for the national Dhivehi League, which consists of the other islands considered part of the Maldives, which fields 8 teams.
5.Galolhu National Stadium, Malé
Galolhu National Stadium in the Maldives Atoll is about as remote as you can get. Male, the island it's located on, is the most densely populated island on Earth.
6.Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, Australia
Coober Pedy is basically a subteranean Opal mining colony in Western Australia. No vegetation. No girls. Closest town is about 900 km away. But there's golf...
7.Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, Australia
The Opal Fields Golf Course is an actual golf course with, um, like, no grass. But that doesn't stop it from being the only Golf Club in the world with reciprocal playing rights with the 'home of golf', St. Andrews in Scotland. Dead serious.
8.Coober Pedy Opal Fields Golf Course, Australia
Due to ridiculously high temperatures and snakes and other terrible shit that make having a golf course totally pointless, most of the play takes place at night. With glow in the dark balls. Can't make this shit up.
9.Basketball Court at Choki School, Bhutan
Bhutan opened it's doors to the public in 1977. Nestled somewhere deep in the Himalayas, it's GDP is measured in happiness. Ya, not a real place...
10.Basketball Court at Choki School, Bhutan
Located 2,600 meters above sea level, this basketball court is definitely the highest on Earth, and home to "fuck it I can't breathe next point wins".
11.Basketball Court at Choki School, Bhutan
2 rules of playing here:
1. Let the Yeti win
2. Don't let the ball roll off the court
12.Uummannaq Ice Course, Greenland
Somehow 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Uummannaq has "the perfect conditions for ice golf." Lemme guess: ice?
13.Uummannaq Ice Course, Greenland
A small island on the west coast of the glacier/country, Uummannaq is home to Polar Bears, Whales, giant ice spiders, and -58º temperatures. I think we'll just play nine today...
14.Uummannaq Ice Course, Greenland
There's such a thing as the world ice golf championships, and it's been held here since 1997. So, if Tiger desperately needs to win a major, ya know?
15.Uummannaq Ice Course, Greenland
The "greens" are "mowed" just days before "tournaments".
16.Baseball Grounds, Uganda
Nice baseball field! Where'd you get it, rural Uganda? Oh, wait...
17.Baseball Grounds, Uganda
Donated by a bunch of really nice Americans, the field services 15,000 children, who have to share 700 gloves. It's a start.
18.Baseball Grounds, Uganda
They actually had a write up in CNN and Sports Illustrated during the Little League World Series, because it's freakin' Uganda and they're playing international baseball.