Andrew and Kevin Buckles are brothers who live in Nova Scotia and who are admittedly hack golfers. They're on a TV show called Brojects
that's in its second season and airs on networks in Canada and Germany. On the show, they do monster do-it-yourself projects at their lake house -- like making outdoor gyms and pizza ovens. A few episodes ago, they built a floating golf course on the lake, which is pure genius.
Obviously, I had to chat with these guys. Andrew says the idea came from a few beers, some floating golf balls, and pondering the age-old first world problem associated with lake houses: Being on the lake is so much fun, it's tough to leave it to go to the golf course. The solution? Build a floating golf course on the lake. You get to play golf, and you don't have to leave your sanctuary.
First, they built a floating cart. "It contains a putting green, a tee-box, a rooftop 'rough' as well as a scoreboard, bag holder, BBQ, and beer on tap hidden inside an old golf bag . . . . essentially everything you need for a round of golf. The cart seats 4 comfortably. It is powered by an electric trolling motor," Andrew says.
Next, they floated 9 "pins" out in the water, and surrounded each with a floating circle. You hit off the tee box on the floating cart and try to get it in the circle. You're not going to get it in the circle on the first try every time. So, if you miss, you scoop up the ball and hit again from the floating cart, either from the tee box or from the rooftop rough. Once you get the ball in the circle, you putt on the green that's on the floating cart.
Since you have total control over how long the holes are, you can set up a different course each time you play. All in all, this seems like a very solid way to play golf without ever setting foot on a course.
Andrew says the game is admittedly new: "We are still refining the rules of play. However I can tell you we both love the idea. It really is just like golf. You can take full strength drives, enjoy natural scenery, escape from the house, have a few beers, and engage in some friendly competition."
Feast your eyes on all the glory that is Lake Golf below:
Notice the giant water jug and wooden pole as a make-shift flag. The water jug is anchored to the bottom of the lake so the course doesn't float around.
Missing the green means you have to challenge your short game... and your balance.
The roof is also really good for pondering the meaning of life.
Twilight golf: flat visibility, but low winds and low waves. Also it's just really pretty.