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Edible golf course? Yep, it exists

Ignore the lure of hotdogs and greasy snack foods at the turn, a golf course in the West Indies actively encourages players to pluck a variety of fresh fruits from the greens while they enjoy their round.

Mangos, bananas, papayas – all these succulent healthy fruits are here to be enjoyed at Irie Fields, located at Kittitian Hill on St. Kitts Island; a unique, par 71, 18-hole course designed by the legendary Tour player Ian Woosnam.

Many believe this to be the world’s most edible ‘pick-as-you-play’ golf course, boasting over 70 acres of tropical fruit orchards and uninterrupted farmland. However, Irie Fields is not just the word’s first edible golf course, but also the first course to acquire certification in the Golf Environment Organisation’s LEGACY Program, which showcases the world’s most sustainable golf development. This means the course is maintained without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilisers and uses a water-conserving irrigation system.

And for those who are worried they wouldn’t know whether a mango dangling from a nearby bush is ripe enough to pluck, don’t despair; signs are posted which indicate what is ripe enough to eat.

Plus the caddies, who know each season’s harvests, are on hand to provide guidance on both club and fruit selection.

So the next time you’re planning a golf holiday, perhaps you’d consider this little gem of a place. It sounds almost as sweet as the fruit which grows on its greens.

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