Sudan is one of the driest places on earth.
First Golf Course In Sudan Open
By Kickntrue on 5/6/10
A lot of people dream of playing Augusta National. My new dream is to play a round of golf in Sudan. Now that they have a course- it could be a reality.
Amongst the slums, the sand and the incessant heat, it is an unexpected vision of paradise: lush, copiously watered greens peppered with pristinely kept bunkers and a freshly built clubhouse.

The nine-hole Soba Golf Course would not look out of place alongside Augusta or St. Andrews, but its location is perhaps the last place you would expect to find an outpost for a sport traditionally associated with the rich and powerful.

Welcome to Sudan's first professional golf course.
I realize a lot of people who never wish to venture to a war-torn 3rd world culture to play golf, but don't count me as one of them. If I could afford the ticket- I'd do it in a heartbeat!

The course is not without controversy and I'm not sure which side I'm on. While the golf aspect makes it neat (and relevant here) it is pretty hard to reconcile the fact that a few rich people built a lush oasis in a place where people all around them are in dire need of assistance. You could say that about any place but living in the USA makes it a little easier to ignore.

You have to click through to the article to see a few of the pictures of the course!

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[ comments ]
falcon50driver says:
Fastest thing known to man...a chicken in somalia.
Torleif Sorenson says:
I recently read *someplace* (I wish I could remember where) an article with the premise that countries in which golf is accessible typically don't get into wars or prolonged conflicts. Considering the current conditions in Cuba and Venezuela, with The War on Terror excepted since it was started by Al Qaeda, this seems to be true.

Peter Harradine points out that he employs locals in the construction; it is obvious that he's putting a genuine force for good in their midst. Assuming he's using non-potable water for irrigation, this could help spur the development of badly-needed infrastructure, assuming local warlords aren't currently terrorizing people there.
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