See the remotest sports locations in the world

From a floating football pitch to an ice-covered golf course these venues take some effort to visit.
By Alison Mann

The world loves sport, but when you live in some of the more remote places across the globe, playing sport can be a little more difficult. It can take a bit of ingenuity – as was the case for residents of a floating village in Thailand who created their own football pitch. But whether floating on sea or in the outback, these are some unique sports venues.

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Golf on ice

Gold course on the island of Uummannaq, Greenland where the World Ice Golf Championship takes place
Greenland's golf course © Gary M. Prior/Getty Images

Sport: Golf
Where: Greenland
How remote: 8

This icy golf course is situated on the tiny island of Uummannaq and has the accolade of being Greenland’s first golf course. It is home to the World Ice Golf Championship which has been held there since 1999. The competition lasts two days and players must acclimatise to the conditions and play with a red golf ball.

Floating football pitch

The floating football pitch at Koh Panyee, Thailand
The floating football pitch, Thailand © Christophe Archambault/Getty Images

Sport: Football
Where: Thailand
How remote: 8

The football ground at Koh Panyee has become a bit of a tourist attraction – because it is part of the floating village. The team there first built the pitch from scraps of wood and had to avoid nails sticking out from the surface, but now have a new pitch. To avoid their football continually falling into the water the team developed exceptionally good footwork. Panyee FC is now one of the most successful youth teams in Southern Thailand.

Basketball on water

The floating basketball court in the village of Chong Khneas, Cambodia
A floating basketball court in Cambodia © Andy Krakovski/Getty Images

Sport: Basketball
Where: Cambodia
How remote: 9

The migrating village of Chong Khneas sits on Tonlé Sap Lake and moves as the lake rises and falls. The village has a floating basketball court with netted sides to stop the ball falling into the water. Locals play there regularly.

Diving on Easter Island

Alain Kohl of Luxembourg dives from the 27 metre platform during the first stop of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, Mataveri Otai Bay, Easter Island, Chile on March 12th 2011.
Alain Kohl diving on Easter Island, 2011 © Alfredo Escobar/Red Bull Content Pool

Sport: Cliff diving
Where: Chile
How remote: 8

Easter Island is one of the most remote and mysterious islands in the world. It was host to Red Bull Cliff Diving where divers jumped from a 27m platform into the spectacular Mataveri Otai Bay.

Tennis in the Highlands

The Bunabhainneadar tennis court situated on the Isle of Harris, Scotland
The Bunabhainneadar tennis court © Les Ellingham

Sport: Tennis
Where: Scotland
How remote: 9

This tennis court is one of the most remote in the world. It’s situated on the Scottish Isle of Harris. Bunabhainneadar tennis court has some great mountain and loch views, but players might have to deal with the less than dry Scottish weather.

Outback horse-racing

The ABC races held at the Brunette Down's station, Australia
Horse racing in the Australian outback © Sam Gubicak

Sport: Horse racing
Where: Australia
How remote: 8

The ABC Races, held at Brunette Downs Station takes place in the Australian outback in June every year. The venue is a huge cattle station in the remote Northern Territory outback and is a bit of a local's secret.It has been going on for 105 years and lasts four days. As well as racing, attendees can watch campdraft and rodeo.

Baseball in Uganda

The National Friendship Stadium, Uganda is the only baseball stadium in Central Africa
The National Friendship Stadium, Uganda © Uganda Baseball and Softball Association

Sport: Baseball
Where: Uganda
How remote: 7

The National Friendship Stadium, just outside Kampala, Gayaza is the first in the whole of central Africa. It was funded by the Japanese Embassy and since then has allowed countless young people to be coached in the sport. The kids there became part of the first African team to attend the Little League World Series and have had the opportunity to compete in competitions in South Africa and further afield.

Antarctic Haka

Scientists from the McMurdo Station, Antarctica perform the Haka before a rugby match
Performing the Haka in the Antarctic © Chaz Firestone

Sport: Rugby
Where: Antarctica
How remote: 10

It takes a certain level of toughness to play rugby, but to play it on a sheet of ice – that’s another level! Once a year the scientists from the American McMurdo Station and New Zealand’s Scott Base compete in a game of rugby on the ice. It’s a long standing tradition – but perhaps not surprisingly, New Zealand has won almost every match!

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