For most golf courses the day is over after the sun sets. After all, no sunlight means no golf. But for some courses business continues as usual – as the course is getting fully lit by floodlights. A pretty cool experience – and we’re about to give you a guide on how and where to play night golf.
What is night golf?
Night golf is basically playing your round at night time while the course is being lit by floodlights. Night golf courses can usually be found in areas where the temperature is still pleasant enough to play when the sun sets, for example in Portugal or the Middle East. Golf courses that are lit are usually par-3 courses (for example the par-3 Academy course at Yas Links, United Arab Emirates). Nevertheless championship courses (for example the back nine at the European Tour venue The Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Turkey) can also have floodlights.
Is it different than ‘normal’ golf?
Some say that your shots are better visible when playing at night in comparison to playing to daylight. Even though this depends hugely on the quality of the floodlights, it’s best to keep in mind that you can’t hit your shot 100 yards off-line and expect to find it somewhere in the rough. The floodlights are bright, yes, but they only light up the fairway and just a small part of the rough. So are you currently suffering a big slice? Just keep your driver in the bag and play it safe while playing golf at night.
This also brings is to our next advice: don’t expect too much when playing night golf. Chances are you won’t play your best golf because you’re just not used to it. So try to make the game setup more friendly: play some nice side bets with your friends or play with two balls when you’re playing alone. And most of all: enjoy it. Because let’s be honest, playing golf at night is just really cool.
Interested in a round of night golf? We’ve made a list below of all the courses where you can play. Have you been lucky enough to spend a day at one of the venues below? Let us know how it was by reviewing it. Are you missing any golf courses to play in the dark? Please let us know in the comments below and we will add them to the list!
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