The island nation of the Maldives has a series of coral reefs that are being threatened by rising sea levels as a result of climate change, so a transition to floating development is a logical next step to encourage a new boom in tourism.
Golf courses are one of the biggest ecological terrors but this course is very different from any other on the planet. It is being designed to leave zero-footprint, and will be solar-powered. This 18-hole golf course is the combined effort of the architecture firm, Waterstudio.NL, floating development engineers, Dutch Docklands and golf course developer Troon Golf.
The location is just five minutes from the airport and the design plan includes building the luxury golf course on floating solar blanket fields using water cooling and desalination. Underwater tunnels will connect the holes and facilities together which allow golfers to visually experience the reef. The architect’s design takes into account the fragile island and has minimum impact on the surrounding ecosystem.