How does a golf fanatic find satisfaction in a rocky desert? Yaakov Everett
saw the connection between golf and archery and together with his wife,
Ruth, set out to create the world’s first and only desert archery course.
After playing some rounds of archery, we agree with Yaakov that golf and
desert archery share some common features. Although the terrain differs,
the concentration required are the same in both golf and archery. “The release
after connecting and waiting to see the whether your arrow lands on or near
the target in archery also mimics a game of golf”, says Everett.
According to Yaakov, “The serenity,
intensity and release of a golf game can be experienced in the desert though
archery. What’s more, the good weather year-round, insures the possibility
of a game whenever the player is ready.”
Desert Archery — the only such place
in the world — is located in the Negev within the township of Mizpe Ramon
— a pollution-free mountain desert town, 900 meters above sea level.
An Australian who spent many years
in Jerusalem before settling down with his wife in Mitzpe Ramon, Yaakov prepares
players for the game with pointers on form and aim. The course is situated
on 300 dunams of rocky desert terrain. Players decide on the length of the
course which can be between one and four kilometers. The equipment is professional
and safe with soft tipped arrows.