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If there’s one course in the area where golfers are absolutely guaranteed to play their lowest rounds, it’s Furnace Creek Golf Course. Set in a lush resort oasis surrounded by the vast Death Valley National Park, the 18-hole course sits 214 feet below sea level, making it the lowest elevation course in the world. That presents playing challenges absolutely unique to the impressive golf course. In addition to the regular demands and considerations of a round of golf, players must also factor in slightly stronger gravity and barometric pressure forces. Regular golfers at Furnace Creek will notice a distinct difference in how the ball responds, making a round here truly remarkable. Furnace Creek Golf Course made its debut in 1931 but was recently brought up to date thanks to a major renovation and re-design by famed golf course architect Perry Dye. The 6,236-yard, par-70 course features wide fairways and lush greens guarded by groves of mature shade trees. Water elements, including tranquil ponds and a meandering stream, come into play on 10 holes. And as one would expect of a course situated in the stark and stunning Death Valley, the challenging Furnace Creek course affords breathtaking views. Golf Digest has recognized Furnace Creek as one of “America’s 50 Toughest Courses.”
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