Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MaldivesFloatingCourse3Courtesy: It’s your move, Coeur d’Alene.
You may be aware of the Idaho resort’s famous par 3 14th hole, which features a movable floating green, but the Maldives have revealed plans that call Coeur d'Alene's one hole and raises them 17! Mark Prigg of the Daily Mail (whose report includes plenty of pictures) brings word that the Maldivian government, in collaboration with Troon Golf and the Dutch architecture firm Waterstudio, released more details this week of an entire course that floats and is estimated to cost $520 million. Prigg reports that the inspiration came from the island nation’s precarious existence in the face of climate change:

With an average elevation of just five feet above sea level the Maldives, with its 1,192 islands in the Indian Ocean, is the lowest country in the world. 
Amid fears many of the islands will soon sink into the sea, the Maldivian government has started a joint venture with the architectural firm Dutch Docklands International to build the world’s largest series of artificial floating-islands.
The Daily Mail

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