The Maldivian government has released more information on plans for a golf course that will float completely unattached, just off the coast of Malé, the islands' capital city.
The government has chosen to work with floating architecture experts, Dutch Docklands International, on the golf course that will eventually form part of an entire floating holiday resort. It is expected to be finished in 2013, with the resort fully open to guests from 2015.
The design, drawn up by the Dutch Architecture firm Waterstudio and Troon Golf, is estimated to cost around £330 million, and will fly in the face of rising sea levels that threaten the island nation's future.
The project is aiming to be as green as possible, with the golf course powered by solar panels and its construction carried out using environmentally friendly materials. Chief designer Koen Olthuis told the Daily Mail, "We'll be building the islands somewhere else, probably in the Middle East or in India - that way there's no environmental cost to the Maldives."
Though the golf course itself will be completely afloat, plans are currently in place for a submerged clubhouse, accessible via the submarine tunnels that link each of the holes.
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