Why would I write a review suggesting you play golf yet leave your clubs at home? I will explain.
If you Google “world’s worst golf courses” you will find that the course on Ascension Island appears fairly early on in the search results.
Ascension’s 18-hole (par 67) golf course can be found at One Boat (about half way between Georgetown and Two Boats Village). The entrance is actually on the road to English Bay.
One of the most interesting courses you will find anywhere, the “greens” are called “browns” and are made of crushed compacted lava and beach sand smoothed flat with diesel oil and the edges of the fairways – composed of various volcanic emissions – are marked with large boulders of volcanic rock. Oil is applied to the browns every couple of months to ensure a relatively stable playing surface.
One thing you will not find on this course is grass which, I suspect, makes a round somewhat more difficult for those more accustomed to the more traditional grass course.
When open (most likely at weekends when competitions are supposedly held) the 19th hole (the clubhouse) has a bar. There is a ball cleaning device at the back of the clubhouse – I can’t imagine it would make much difference to your game whether your balls were dirty or clean but, anyway, it’s there if you need it!
Visitors are welcome and cost is minimal when you consider the cost of a round of golf almost anywhere else in the world (9 holes GBP 2.50, 18 holes GBP 5.00) – the picture above outlines payment instructions.
Having examined the surface of the “browns” and the fairways you will understand why I suggest you leave your expensive clubs at home. Clubs can be hired from the Obsidian Hotel in Georgetown. As the clubhouse showed no sign of life when I visited or on the numerous times I passed I don’t know if it hires clubs or not. As such, I suggest, to avoid disappointment, you get a set from the hotel.
Enjoy your game if you choose to play. If not interested in playing stop in for a look anyway.
Address: One Boat
Directions: One Boat is about half way between Georgetown and Two Boats Village. The club entrance is actually on the road to English Bay.