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'Larger than Belgium and a mile deep, lake Baikal holds a fifth of the earth's fresh water'
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Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface of the world’s deepest lake

By Olga Gertcyk
07 March 2020

More than 40 participants from Russia and abroad take part in the annual Lake Baikal challenge.

First World Ice Golf Cup on ice of the world's deepest lake. Picture: Yuri Milvit

The World Ice Golf Cup is underway on fairways off the Irkutsk region lakeside resort of Listvyanka.

The qualifying round were held on 5 and 6 March with the finals on Sunday 8 March.

Yury Milvit, chairman of Golf Federation of Irkutsk region, said: 'Participants are playing on a course with a perimeter of 2,020 metres (6,627 ft).

Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake


Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake


Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake


Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake


Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake
Bright cranberry-coloured balls are used in ice tournament. Pictures: Yuri Milvit

'This tournament is dedicated to 75th anniversary of the Victory in Great Patriotic War, therefore we will have two Leningrad holes.

'The distance between the two of them in metres will be compatible to number of days of Leningrad siege’ (872 days).

Snow traps and ice drifts make the game even more unpredictable. 

Thunder-like noises as they play their shots is another hazard - the sound of ice cracking.

Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake


Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake


Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake


Teeing off for golf contest on frozen surface world’s deepest lake

The first golf on Baikal was played in 2003 and since then the contest has attracted players from South Korea, China, Canada and other countries. Pictures: Yuri Milvit

‘Competing in these circumstances requires not only physical but also psychological stamina,’ said one player. ‘The competition turns into a real adventure for its participants.’

The first golf on Baikal was played in 2003 and since then the contest has attracted players from South Korea, China, Canada and other countries. 

Beneath the ice the lake contains 20 per cent of the world’s unfrozen freshwater - more than the North American Great Lakes put together. 

Crescent-shaped Lake Baikal is larger in area than Belgium. 

It is the world’s oldest and deepest lake. 

Comments (3)

One of the photos with floes in sundown is ART. Many times there is someone which has the possibility to take such Photos.
Leiah Sariell, Lapland Finland
29/04/2020 02:32
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We got to ski on this unbelievably beautiful lake. The skiing we were going to do in the mountains nearby? The avalanche conditions were outrageously high so we found other diversions, such as skiing on the lake. The potential for tourism in this area is phenomenal. I hope that the Russian government can recognize this and not destroy it. It’s a vast area of unspoiled wilderness. I won’t see it again in my lifetime. Maybe generations to come, can be responsible and protect the beauty of it.

Kim Puchek, Colorado
23/03/2020 00:35
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I'll never complain about golfing in Florida when it's "cold" here (5 or 6C) again ! Would love to play there....unique!
SteveC, Odessa FL USA
08/03/2020 00:32
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