A unique ice golf festival at lake Baikal (Siberia, Russia)
From March 15 to March 20, 2016 in the heart of Russia, International Ice Golf Festival will be commemorating its 12th anniversary.
<p>If people play grass hockey then why not play ice golf?</p> <p>From March 15 to March 20, 2016 in the heart of Russia, on the land of mysterious Siberia, International Ice Golf Festival will be commemorating its 12th anniversary. The goal of Baikal Ice Golf 2016 is to provide golf players and travelers from all over the world with an opportunity to broaden their golf experience, challenge themselves to play golf on the ice and snow surface of the fascinating lake Baikal and draw the attention of the international community to unique recreational and sports opportunities available at lake Baikal.</p> <p>Here, at lake Baikal, you can gain brand-new experience taking part in training sessions and an exciting golf tournament on the ice/snow golf course created by Nature herself. The festival's location is the bay of Maloye Morye and Olkhon Island.</p> <p>Each training round takes place near a certain natural landmark of the lake. The participants of the festival will be able to evaluate the difficulty level of the golf course created by the unique nature of Baikal: ice-holes in ice grottos, ice cracks and hummocks and sandbars. The participants will have to overcome all of these natural obstructions. Besides all that, one of the training sessions will take place on the surface of the deepest spot of Baikal (1637 meters/5370 feet).</p> <p>The festival will spark the interest of golf professionals who are willing to enrich their professional experience. We have already received the participation applications from renowned Russian golf players. Sportsmen from South Korea, China, Japan and Europe are also considering the possibility of joining the festival. The applications are open till February 29, 2016. The invitations are issued by the travel company of the festival.</p> <p>The doors of the festival are always open for golf beginners and for all those who dream to see the legendary lake Baikal.</p> <p>The rules of the game are set by the provisions of the Tournament: the individual and team championships are held according to the stroke-play system. To ensure the bona fide competition it is prohibited to train in the tournament golf courses.</p> <p>International Baikal Ice Golf Festival will be held from March 15 to March 20, 2016. To learn more about the festival, submit your application or contact the organizers, please go to http://ice.baikal-golf.ru/english</p>