Columns Real Madrid star Gareth Bale built three of the world’s most famous holes in his backyard March 21, 2018 SHARE 1 of 10 2 of 10 Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has long been an avid golf fan. 3 of 10 "I had a lovely bit of land here and it was something that I really wanted to do and I decided that I would love to make a dream come true and build a mini golf course in my house," Bale said. 4 of 10 Bale has taken things to the next level, undergoing construction on a series of holes in his backyard. You'll recognize this green even without the water: it's the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. 5 of 10 Bale enlisted the help of U.K.-based Southwest Greens to construct synthetic tees and greens. 6 of 10 The original Postage Stamp hole at Royal Troon is understandably iconic. 7 of 10 Bale's Postage Stamp recreation. 8 of 10 Although the holes have been complete for nearly two years, the course needed time to mature before it could be revealed to the public, according to Southwest Greens. 9 of 10 The real thing, at TPC Sawgrass. 10 of 10 The Sawgrass replica in Bale's backyard.