High Action Golf for WGC-Mexico Championship
Australian sports betting fans can catch some top-class golf from March 1-4 at the WGC-Mexico Championship. Dustin Johnson will be returning to defend his title – if he succeeds, he becomes only the third golfer in history to win two WGCs back-to-back.
The field does include some quality opponents, however, and the likes of Justin Thomas, current FedExCup champion, and Jon Rahm, who finished third at last year’s WGC, will make sure that Johnson doesn’t have it all his own way. But he also won this title in Miami in 2015, so apart from the double, he’s fired up to snatch his third title.
This year marks the tournament’s second hosting at the Club de Golf Chapultepec, west of Mexico City. Located at an elevation of 2,400m, it could well test the lungs and hearts of players more accustomed to sea level.
Plenty of Courses Boast Higher Elevations
While Chapultepec may leave some players short of breath, especially if they haven’t been paying enough attention to cardio and fitness training, it’s by no means the world’s most challenging golf course in terms of height above sea level.
That honour currently goes to the Yak Golf Course in Kupup, in India’s East Sikkim region, according to Guinness World Records.
Yak lies at an elevation of 3,970m, so it would definitely be a tiring 5,510m tramp around the links. It’s located on an army base, however, so it’s not open to the public – or more likely, it’s only open to members of the public who are friendly with the base commander…
The highest public course in the world, according to World Golf, is the La Paz Golf Club in Bolivia, at 3,342m. China’s Yunnan province has the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain Golf Course in Gan Haizi, which lies at 3,048m.
At its highest point, the world’s loftiest championship-grade course – Colorado’s Copper Mountain – tops out at 3,006m, and Colorado also has the Mt Massive course in Leadville, lying at 2,950m.
The highest of them all, however, used to be Peru’s Tuctu Golf Club, nestled in the Andes at 4,369m – one of the recreational facilities built for a nearby mine, but which were abandoned when it closed in the early 1990s. A certain golfing president would definitely need to trail an oxygen tank around this one…