However, at a small distance, the surface has dried out a little more and the crust has broken into scales that bend up ! It is forbidden to walk but if ever you tried, you would be trapped in thick mud as only the surface is dry, underneath is remaining sluggish!
Devil's golf course stand south to Furnace Creek. At first sight, the name of Devil's golf course does not seem to apply to this place, with a smooth white surface where playing golf would have been a pleasure.
Similar to the Salt Flats, the Devil's Golf Course is a large area of crystalline Salt (sodium chloride) deposits. The area is very jagged and uneven, making walking very difficult, as some of the pinnacles can be up to a foot high. It is said to be still possible to see the wagon tracks of the early settlers in the salt from the viewpoint far above the valley at Dante's Peak.
Of course, you can't actually golf there. The name comes from a quote in a 1934 travel guidebook of the region, which said "only the devil could play golf on such a surface."
Halfway between the junction at Furnace Creek and Bad Water you will find the Devil's Golf Course. You will have to follow an unpaved road for a mile or so, to get you close to the area. It is called like this because the ground is the absolute opposite of a golf course green.
A field of salt pinnacles today, this used to be a lake more than 2000 years ago. When the lake evaporated, it left behind the layers of crystallized salt. This is constantly recreated as salty water is brough to the surface through capilary actions and then it evaporates resulting in new salt crystals. You can hear the noises made by the salt as it expands and contracts with the changes in temperature.
Remnants of a dry salty lake that existed 2000 years ago makes up Devil's Golf Course. The rock salt is 3-5 feet thick and quite difficult to walk on given the uneven terrain.
The Devil's Golf Course is a salt-pan area located pretty much in the middle of Death Valley.
You've got to hit a ball here...just to say you've done it!
When you get out farther, there are plates of the crust with fissures between, some of the plates tilted, like miniature versions of the tectonic plates of the earth
Thinking about bringing your golfclubs with you on this trip? Forget it! This course is even a bit to tough for most players...