Pictures: Maldives Floating Golf Course

It was announced about a year ago that there were plans to build a floating golf course in the Maldives. It looks like those plans will actually be carried out very soon according to Inhabitat.com.

Here are the details on the course being built by Dutch Docklands, Waterstudio.NL, and Troon Golf from Inhabitat.com:

“Located five minutes from the Maldives airport, the 18-hole golf course will include luxurious accommodations, which overlook the green fairways and the surrounding reef. The golf course is doubly groundbreaking as it will be built on floating platforms, making it the first floating golf course, and it is also designed to minimize its impact on the surrounding ecosystem.”

“The artificial floating islands will incorporate technologies such as water cooling, water desalination, and the use of floating solar blanket fields. Underwater tunnels will connect the holes and facilities together, while allowing golfers to experience the reef.”

Umm, yes please. I thought it was cool when we saw a golf course that had actual live sharks as the water hazard. Never did I think it would be possible to walk through the sharks like you’re at Sea World. This is incredible and I know it would be high on my list of destinations. Here are two more pictures of the Maldives floating golf course.

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Video: PGA Golfer Kevin Na Hits 16 Shots on a Par-4

My theory on golf is that everyone sucks at it. Those who don’t are on the PGA tour. Anytime I ask someone if they want to go golfing, they say they suck. Well, guess what? We all do. In fact, even the pros suck sometimes. Fortunately for us casual golfers there are people like PGA golfer Kevin Na, who reminded us on Thursday at the Texas Open that even the big boys can be down right horrendous sometimes.  Check out the video of Kevin Na hitting 16 shots, courtesy of Dogs that Chase Cars via Fox Sports:

Anyone who’s ever golfed has been there before — in the woods and you just can’t find your way out.  It’s just nice to know it happens to the guys who get paid doing it, too.

”I got done with the hole and I said (to my caddie), ‘I think I made somewhere between a 10 and a 15,” Na said. ”But I think it’s close to a 15.”

Almost, kid.  Almost.

Australia Golf Course Has Water Hazard with World’s Deadliest Sharks

Alligators are a known problem on Florida golf courses.  I know this because I have golfed there many times, and the groundskeepers and course managers always warn my friends and I ahead of time to stay away from water hazards and not try to retrieve our ball.  Otherwise, you might lose a hand. 

That’s nothing.  LBS contributor Sam called our attention to an Australia golf course with creatures in its water hazard unlike any other in the world.  This particular body of water, which is featured at Carbrook Golf Club in Queensland, is ridden with roughly 30 live, man-eating bull sharks.  Check it out:

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Rory McIlroy Tweets Picture with Charl Schwartzel in Green Jacket

Rory McIlroy continued his tour of class and positive public relations Monday by tweeting out a picture of himself with Masters winner Charl Schwartzel:

McIlroy’s words accompanying the tweet said “Flying to Malaysia with charl! Glad one of us has a green jacket on!” Like I said, pure class. Between his mature interview after blowing the Masters Sunday to this, it’s hard not to root for Rory in the future. And if you’re wondering why they were sharing a plane to Malaysia, it’s because they’re headed for the Maybank Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur which is the next stop on the Asian Tour. I don’t know if Rory has a green jacket in his future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he won several majors during his career.

Charl Schwartzel Was Simply On Sunday

Charl Schwartzel won the 2011 Masters with a final round rally on Sunday in which he shot a 66 to win by two strokes. Schwartzel didn’t just luck into the win thanks to Rory McIlroy’s disappointing collapse, he seized the day.

The 26-year-old South African birdied the final four holes of the round and sunk his last putt to seal the Green Jacket when he could have easily two-putted to victory. But that was only part of what made his final round so impressive.

Perhaps his most amazing shot of the day came on three when he eagled the hole with perfect spin on his iron from 108 yards away. Even before that, you could tell it was Schwartzel’s day when he sunk his birdie putt on the first hole making it from the rough. Here are both of those shots in case you missed em:

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Tara Sullivan Denied Access to Locker Room at Masters, Augusta Apologizes

On a day that Charl Schwartzel stole the show at the Masters and Rory McIlroy had a historic collapse, the outdated set of gender rules at Augusta National managed to take over golf headlines.

Tara Sullivan, a columnist for The Bergen Record of New Jersey, changed the conversation when she tweeted that she wasn’t allowed in the locker room for an interview. “Bad enough no women members at Augusta. But not allowing me to join writers in locker room interview is just wrong,” she wrote.

The tweet quickly spread throughout the twitterverse and turned into an Associated Press story.

It was no matter that the officials at Augusta apologized for the mistake as soon as they heard about the problem. It was no matter that they paged Sullivan to address the matter immediately.

As soon as her tweet spread throughout the media, the damage had already been done.

What’s most interesting about the story is that it was actually a female security guard who stopped Sullivan to say she wasn’t allowed in the locker room. The security guard was persistent with the policy according to Sullivan, and it sure seems like she was mistaken with her rules. But if the Masters is so biased as gender biased club, wouldn’t it have been a male security guard denying Sullivan access? I would think so, and this just further confirms it was a mistake.

I just hope people don’t use this story as an excuse to explore Augusta National’s male-only membership policy. As a club, they have the right to restrict membership to males, just as female clubs can do the same. Take this for what it was — a mistake, and nothing more. Too bad Charl Schwartzel’s win will likely be overshadowed because of it.

Rory McIlroy Handles Post-Masters Interview with Class, Maturity

Rory McIlroy led the 2011 Masters after 54 holes, but he ended up tied for 15th after a disastrous back nine in the final round. Despite the epic collapse, McIlroy showed class and maturity following the disappointing finish. Conducting what could have been an incredibly uncomfortable interview with CBS’ Peter Kostis, the youngster described his tournament as a learning experience.

“I thought I hung in pretty well in the front line, I was leading the tournament going into the back nine,” said McIlroy. “Just hit a poor tee shot on 10 and sort of unraveled from there. Just sort of lost it 10, 11, 12, and couldn’t really get it back. It’s one of those things, I’m very disappointed at the minute and I’m sure I will be for the next few days, but I’ll get over it. I have to take the positives and the positives are I led this golf tournament for 63 holes. I’ll have plenty more chances, I know that. It’s very disappointing what happened today and hopefully it will build a little bit of character in me as well.”

It could not have been easy to talk about blowing the tournament, but McIlroy did it graciously. Think about it: McIlroy entered with a four-stroke lead, triple-bogeyed on 10, and finished with a final round 80 — 10 strokes behind Charl Schwartzel. It was an epic collapse, but based on his character, it looks like McIlroy will be able to leave it in the past.

McIlroy is only 21 years old so we have little doubt he will be back. Hopefully next time he’ll be able to hold on for the win when he’s leading a major on Sunday.