In the next few years, adventurous golfers with deep pockets may start playing in a Maldives golf course floating in the Indian Ocean. The planned $520 million Maldives golf course is a joint project with the local government, Troon Golf and Dutch architectural firm Waterstudio. The reasoning behind building such a trivial golf course lies in the Maldives' current predicament: the country's 1,200 islands rise an average of just five feet above sea level, and the folks there apparently think things will worsen sometime in the future - that the country will eventually disappear off the map. While building a floating golf course isn't exactly a practical means to saving a country, maybe the planners know something we don't.
The project is being developed as a group of islands with multiple holes, the former of which will be built at a different location (perhaps in India or the Middle East), then towed to the Maldives and secured to the seabed with cables. Getting between holes won't be difficult, as you'll get to travel through underwater tunnels. The ambitious venture is said to start construction in the latter part of 2012, with a planned opening by 2015.