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Ten of the World’s Most Haunted Golf Courses! - Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Wait, Do Ghosts Count as a Handicap? Ten of the World’s Most Haunted Golf Courses!
By Hannah Birss

You’re taking a stroll along the green, taking in the sights: the gently rolling landscape, the healthy green grass, the placid waters, that ball of spectral energy hovering menacingly above the sixteenth hole...

There are some familiar problems that we face on the course – sand traps, gators, angry partners that don’t seem to understand why we can’t seem to hit the ball straight….but some problems are a little more supernatural than others. That tortured monk hanging out around the sixth hole or that plague victim taking a stroll along the fairway are not exactly what was promised in the clubhouse brochure. Alas, it seems golf courses are just as likely to be haunted as that remote mountain-top hotel or your grandmother’s attic. So gather around the campfire, kids: here are the top ten haunted golf courses in the world. And don’t worry, now you have an excuse for all those times you missed a shot - your golf game is positively paranormal.

Our first ghost story comes from the great white North, and it originates from a time before European settlers. A group of local natives were camping on the shore when they noticed a large buck caught out in the middle of the lake, half caught in the ice. Seven hunters went out to snag it. Unfortunately, the deer broke free of the ice, and the seven hunters fell through it and drowned. The deer continued to break through the ice and swam to shore while the hunters families watched. Seven spectral figures are now said to haunt the lake, and that every year on the anniversary of the drowning, a fissure appears in the ice along the path where the deer smashed his way home. Several hundred years later, the lake is now home to the Haunted Lakes Golf Course where you can catch nine holes of golf with your spectral show.

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That is a surprisingly cheery font for something with the word “Haunted” in the title.
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Another very old ghost tale comes out of what is now the Trails West Golf Course in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Back in the 1880’s, Catherine Sutter lived at a farm with her two children when they were caught out in a particularly bad storm. The two children vanished into the blizzard. Native Americans found the children and kept them safe through a brutal winter, but Catherine continued to search for them throughout the winter months. When the natives attempted to return the children in spring, they found Catherine dead in the snow.
 
A hundred and some odd years later, Trails West Golf Course is a sprawling 190 acre 18 hole course that features a covered and lighted driving range. People on the golf course regularly claim that they have seen a woman in antique clothing wandering around the course with a lantern, calling out for her lost children.

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Doesn’t the landscaping just give you chills? Terrifying, really.
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Another super haunted Canadian Golf Course in the Victoria Golf Club, found in British Colombia at the southern end of Vancouver Island. This 18 hole course was opened in 1893, and over the decades has accrued some very otherworldly visitors. While it’s said that the specters of native warriors haunt the course, the most famous ghost at the club is the most famous ghost in Victori. Doris Gravlin, an immigrant who had become recently separated, agreed to meet her alcoholic ex-husband at the golf course after hours. Her body was found the next day amid the driftwood on the beach near the 7th green by a caddy looking for lost balls. While it was initially believed her husband had escaped, his body was found floating in the ocean several days later. This murder-suicide has haunted the course ever since, with manifestations of a fast moving figure in white accompanied by a feeling of doom and a cold wind. A spectral globe of light has also been seen wandering the grounds after hours, and it’s said that any young couple that sees Doris wandering the course in her wedding dress are destined to never get married.

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Another blushing Canadian bride met her end at the Banff Spring Hotel, a luxury hotel dating back to the 19th century with 27 holes on a stunning golf course located in Banff National Park in Western Alberta. Legend tells of a woman on her wedding day dressed in a large gown, which, when ascending a staircase lit with candles, caught fire. In a panic, the bride tripped and fell down a flight of stairs, breaking her neck in the process. Many people have reported seeing her ghost, dressed still in her wedding clothes, dancing in the ballroom. 

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Deathtrap or not, I’d like to stay forever please.
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5. Garrison Golf Club
If you’re looking for tragic history, you don’t need to go any further than the Garrison Golf Club in New York. The 14th green is surrounded by a graveyard, with old cracked tombstones covered in moss adding to the creepy atmosphere. The graveyard is the final resting place of many slaves from the early nineteenth century. The area of the course – the Hudson River Valley – is also known as the haunt of the headless horseman. Many golfers report feeling of doom and of being watched while they play. It definitely plays on their nerves – but who can blame them?

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What a relaxing setting! The birds, the breeze, the never-ending moans….
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If we hop on a plane and head over to Perth, Australia, there’s another notable haunted golf course – the Mt. Lawley Golf Club. Michael Oakleigh committed suicide by poison by the 12th hole, which has affectionately been named “Satan’s Elbow”. How charming. Since then, there have been multiple reports of apparitions, floating orbs, and extreme feelings of fear and foreboding. Given the name, that’s not really surprising. 

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You’d think a place called Satan’s Elbow would look a bit more….well, satanic.
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If you go down south California way, make sure to stop by the Aetna Springs Golf Course if you’re looking for a haunted hideaway. The course boasts the ghosts of eight Dominican friars tortured to death by the competing Franciscan friars for their friendly interactions with the local natives. The eight ghosts have been see wearing cowls, with clean shaven heads and faces contorted in pain. These photos were taken in 1963, and purport to show the tortured souls of the kindly monks wandering the grounds.
 
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Anddd I’m never going golfing again.
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In a city known for its creepy atmosphere and killer ghost stories, it’s not a surprise that there’s also a golf course in New Orleans, Louisiana that has some ghosts floating around. One legend is that in the early 1960’s, two women were finishing their round on the 18th green when a man appeared out of nowhere and shot and killed one of them. Nowadays, there are claims that as you approach the final hole, you just might here a gunshot and a woman screaming. Some people are so convinced, the police are called, but no one is ever there. 

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You’ll have a screaming good time.
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If you ever have business in England, take some time out of your ghost tour to head over to Entfield Golf Club in Middlesex. Golfer Martin Harrow and a friend were walking the fairway around 9 pm when they could see someone moving towards them – a figure wearing a cape and floating above the ground, surrounded by a misty cloud. Understandably terrified, the two golfers fled, but Harrow swore that he looked within the hood of the cape and that he saw nothing but a rotting mass covered in writhing maggots. Coincidentally, Entfield was once a mass burial pit for people who had succumbed to the plague. 

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Sand pit, death pit…it’s all the same here.
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There is not a golfer alive that hasn’t heard about the Hilton Head Golf scene in South Carolina. What they might not have heard of is the ghost of Caroline Fripp, a Victorian women killed on the Palmetto Dunes Resort golf course by a hurricane in 1898. Legend says that two young lovebirds were walking along the course when a bluish light appeared and formed into the figure of Caroline Fripp. Others have reported hearing sobbing and sensing a strange presence interfering with their game.

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Your view includes sandy beaches, the ocean, and the souls of the damned.
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What about you? Heard any ghost stories about your favourite golf courses? Let us know in the comments below!

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