As part of a bold plan to attract more rich tourists to the country, the World’s First Floating Golf Course will be soon built in the Maldives. The $500 million golf course, designed by Waterstudio.NL and Dutch Docklands, will be built on three linked islands and will be made of floating platforms with two or three holes each.
The project features 27 holes, 45 private islands, 200 villas and even a conservation center. The platforms are linked by underwater tunnels and a glass elevator takes the players to the main bar, which is also an aquarium.
Being an eco-friendly project, it will be powered by solar energy and the designers promise they will keep the Maldives ecosystem carbon-free. The President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, plans to have a carbon neutral country until 2020 and he even wants to buy new land in other countries for the Maldivian refugees affected by climate change. The only source of money to do this is, of course, tourism. That is why this $500 million project, which is expected to be completed in 2013, is meant to give a boost to eco-tourism and investment in this country.