World's Weirdest Places to Play

Proof that no matter where you live, you can play the game you love.
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
By Alison Mann

Around the world, people love to play. No matter where you go, you'll find people getting together to play their favorite sport. But for those who live in remote areas of the world, even easy games can become difficult, forcing people to get creative. It takes a bit of ingenuity, but a less-than-ideal environment can lead a passionate sports fan to create a one-of-a-kind place to play.

Golf on ice

Sport: Golf
Where: Greenland
How remote: 8

The icy golf course above is situated on the tiny island of Uummannaq and is Greenland’s first golf course. It is home to the World Ice Golf Championship, held there since 1999. The competition lasts two days, and players use a red golf ball that can be easily found, even on the ice.

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

Floating soccer pitch

Sport: Soccer
Where: Thailand
How remote: 8

The soccer field at Koh Panyee has become a bit of a tourist attraction — because it's part of a floating village. The village's local team first built the pitch from scraps of wood, avoiding nails sticking out from its surface. They developed exceptional footwork to keep their soccer ball from falling into the water, helping Panyee FC become one of the most successful youth teams in Southern Thailand.

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

Basketball on water 

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 from falling into the water. Locals play there regularly.

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

Diving on Easter Island

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 competitors dive from a 89-foot platform into the spectacular Mataveri Otai Bay.

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

Tennis in the highlands

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. The Bunabhainneadar tennis court has some great mountain and loch views, and an incredible name.

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

Outback horse racing

Sport: Horse racing
Where: Australia
How remote: 8

The ABC Races, held at Brunette Downs Station, take place in the Australian Outback each June. The venue is a huge cattle station in the remote Northern Territory Outback and is a bit of a local's secret. The race has been going on for 105 years and lasts four days. Along with the racing, attendees can watch campdraft and rodeo.

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

Baseball in Uganda

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 local Japanese Embassy and has allowed countless young people to be take up the sport. The kids there became part of the first African team to attend the Little League World Series.

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

Antarctic Haka

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 entirely. 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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