With one week to go until Halloween, we pick ten of the spookiest courses on the planet

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Fri, 31 Oct 2014
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Merapi Golf Course, Indonesia

If you’re a player who gets hot under the collar then I suggest you don’t make the trip to the Yogyakarta Special Region to play the Merapi Golf Course because things get heated before a club has even been swung.

Smoke can been seen emerging from Mount Merapi 300+ days a year and small eruptions occur around every two to three years, while large eruptions happen every 10-15 years.

Coeur D’Alene Golf Resort, Idaho, USA

Think the 17th at TPC Sawgrass is nightmare-inducing?  Think again. The 14th at Coeur D’Alene will not only ruin your round, it can ruin your game, full stop.

The par-3 boasts a 15,000 foot island green and can be extended to 218 yards, a long iron or hybrid for most of us.

If you do manage to get on the green, the ferry journey to the dance floor is a very rewarding one.

Kabul Golf Club, Afghanistan 

When the entrance to your golf club has multiple machine guns around it, you know the course is on the dangerous side.

Owner, operator and head pro Mohammad Afzal Abdul’s brother was murdered by the Taliban for his association with foreigners, which sets the tone.

Offering an oasis in a war-torn country, the 5-hole course will have players on high alert. 

Nullarbor Links, Australia

Aussies Adam Scott and Jason Day probably haven't even heard of this golf course, and I'm ready to bet a lot of money they haven't played it.

Situated in the middle of the outback, Nullarbor Links stretches across 848 miles of harsh terrain and the longest walk between holes is a mammoth 90 miles -  make sure you take your walking boots!

While you’ve got lots of room to spray it off the tee, watch out for the countless poisonous snakes, such as the death adder whose bite can kill a cow in minutes. Lucky you're not a cow, then...

El Camaleon at Fairmont Mayakoba, Mexico

Called the chameleon because of its ever-changing challenges, this course is chock-a-block with hazards that are just waiting to ruin your day.

Sand dunes, mangroves, subterranean caves (one of which is called the Devils Mouth…) need to be traversed if you want to play the 18 unscathed.

When teeing off and aiming for the fairway, it's like playing trick or treat...just without the treat.

 

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