No doubt you will all be aware that there aren’t any ‘traditional’ golf courses at the South Pole but can you go golfing in Antarctica?
Rest assured, golf is played on this cold and wind-torn continent, more frequently than you think!
Golfing in Antarctica – McMurdo Station…
The residents of McMurdo Station (if the weather permits) improvise and build themselves a make-shift golf course, around all the huts and buildings of their surrounding area.
In the freezing conditions (which is most of the time!) they hold their golf tournaments, like the “The Winter’s End Classic”.
The McMurdo Station is built on the bare volcanic rock on Ross Island and it is the farthest south solid ground that is accessible by ship, and it was built in 1956.
In 2009 I was lucky enough to make friends with a couple of workers based there via email and they were kind enough to send me one of their scorecards which I have in my special scorecard collection.
Which is the Oldest Golf Club in Antarctica – Scott Base Sation…
The same applies to the residents and workers at Scott Base Station where they hold their own golf tournaments, including the 2007 “Ross Island Masters International Invitational”.
Unfortunately, I do not know when golf first started being played on this part of the Antarctica but I am sure it was well before 2006.
I will try and do my best to find this out, and who knows maybe any of the readers of The Social Golfer might be able to let me know if they have any knowledge of golf being plated before these dates?
Til next time…
N.B Image above courtesy of www.antarctica.gov.au