Courses Around the World: Haunted Style

Halloween is almost here, and there are some golf tales out there that will scare you more than a 700-yard par 5 with a dogleg and water hazard. If you play at any of these courses, bring your heaviest mallet head putter in case you need to defend yourself against these zombies.

Victoria Golf Club, British Columbia

The body of a young woman named Doris Gravlin was found along the shore at hole 7 in the 1930's. The crime was decided to be a murder-suicide when her husband Victor immediately disappeared, then was found dead by a fisherman a month later. Doris must not have liked the pace of play on the golf course in heaven because she decided to stick around and haunt her home course.

According to reports from the Greater Victoria Public Library, golfers at Victoria Golf Club have seen the ghost of a woman in a white gown rushing towards them and then disappearing. One man saw her keep reappearing around him every time he turned around until he was completely boxed in, then she disappeared.

One group of golfers reported they had a sudden, strong wind pick up around them on a calm evening until one woman, who had held back from the group by herself, felt a cold hand on her shoulder. Doris, stop it.

Garrison Golf Club, New York

An audience of gravestones dating back to the 19th century surrounds Garrison Golf Club's 14th hole. Luckily, those ghosts don't care enough about your golf game to come out and traumatize anyone. But the sight of the gravestones is said to be enough to throw off someone's mental game. The putting greens are known to be tricky, so if your ball doesn't roll where you want it to, you can blame it on a ghost.

Garrison Golf Club's location in the Hudson River Valley is rich with history and character, including the legend of the Headless Horseman. There are a number of haunted tours and lodging around to enjoy if that's what you're into.


Trilogy at Vistancia, Phoenix, Arizona

Out in the desert, you might encounter strong whirlwinds, which many like to call dust devils. This course resides in an area rich with Native American legend, which calls these whirlwinds "restless spirits." These "spirits" can spin up to 60-70 mph, so hold onto those Titleists tight.