Chinese Golf Course Offers $1 Million For Hole-In-One On Exotic Hole That Looks Like It's From Avatar
There were 170 golf courses in China in 2004, and now there are more than 600. The country also has more than a million golfers, with the sport becoming so popular that many driving ranges have long lines. This is despite a national ban on new golf courses, to preserve water and conserve the ecology.
So how did the new golf course in Zhangjiajie, in the Hunan Province, get built? The developers posed it as part of an ecological park, and constructed picturesque, exotic holes like the one below. And to promote the new golf club, they're offering $1 million to the player who can shoot a hole-in-one at this hole.
— Melanie Collins (@Melanie_Collins) September 24, 2014
It's rumored that the Zhangjiajie region was the inspiration for the floating mountains in James Cameron's Avatar. It really is beautiful, but goes to show that capitalism is alive and well even in the largest communist country, where getting around conservation and environmental rules knows no language. Call it international Trumpification (Scotland knows this well).
Anyway, I'm trying to find out what hole this is and what the yardage is, because at first glance it looks impossible. And all those shots that end up in the water can't be good for the ecology, can they?
Be the ball, Danny. Be the ball. Are you being the ball? Well it's kind of hard when you're ruining the environment like that.
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