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Austrian snow golf tournament tees off in January

One of the world’s most popular sports is given a unique twist in the Austria ski village of Obertauern each January.

Many amateur golfers find the game hard enough but the Snowgolf World Championship introduces an even bigger variable into this most unpredictable of games.

From January 29th to 31st the tournament puts keen snow golf players and a few famous celebrity names from around the world through their paces on a course constructed entirely of the white stuff.

A highlight of the event is the Million Dollar Putt Contest where a lucky player could see his or her wallet grow a fair bit fuller at the end of the weekend.

The tournament is an open amateur event which anyone is free to enter but prospective players should be warned – competition is likely to be fierce.

Although conflicting theories exist as to its exact origins, it is believed golf began in Scotland somewhere near the current site of the St Andrew’s championship course. Perhaps, given the local weather, it’s the home of snow golf as well…

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