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Scotland's Roger Beames
Roger Beames on his way to victory in Greenland
If you think golf is tough, imagine playing in minus 14 degrees temperatures on a course made entirely of ice!

That's what happens in Uummannaq, some 590km north of the Polar Circle, in Northern Greenland.

They play with orange balls, not white, so you can find them in the snow...

That's if the albatrosses and polar bears don't get them first!

The World Ice Golf Championship has been going for four years.

Defending champion Roger Beames
Looking for the right line
"It's the nearest thing to playing on the moon," said this year's runner-up American Jack O'Keefe.

"It's like the final scene in the Superman movie where Clark Kent flies back to Krypton!"

O'Keefe was second to Roger Beames - as a Scot he was probably more used to the icy conditions!

The course is laid out on the edge of a frozen fjord.

You have to avoid icebergs sticking out of the ice as you play from hole to hole!

The layout changes all the time as the ice moves depending on the weather and time of day.



Ice golf rules
The green is actually white
The ball is fluorescent red colour
The holes are actually twice the size of a normal golf hole
Steel-shafted clubs are recommended because of the temperature
Trolleys are not permitted
The ball may dropped within 15cm of where it landed, without a penalty
The first tournament in 1998 was nearly cancelled when hot weather meant the course started melting!

What is a fjord?
It's a narrow arm of the sea, running up between high banks or cliffs




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