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When you think of Norway, we understand that your first thoughts may not necessarily drift towards golf (unless you’re a Norwegian golfer!). However, we’re here to hopefully change that. Although the country may not be a golfing stronghold, Norway does have quite a substantial number of golf courses – certainly in relation to the size of its population. The sport turns out to be quite popular amongst this very population and the number of courses continues to grow at a steady rate. The real appeal however, comes from the surroundings – which may have definitely been in your first thoughts!
Land of the Midnight Sun
Besides inventing the cheese slicer and having the most Winter Olympic medals of all time; the Scandinavian nation also provides some of the only golf courses in the world that are available for playing 24 hours a day. It’s only seasonal of course, but a well timed trip to the north of Europe could see you with unlimited hours on the course (if you can stay awake). Most golf courses are found in and around Oslo and near other larger cities such as Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim.
If there is sufficient space on the golf courses, green fee players will be accepted without any problem. So if you’re thinking about bringing your clubs to Norway, don’t worry – you’ll find some well-maintained courses surrounded by stunning landscapes. Of course it’s neighbour Sweden also has a taste for the sport and road trips between the two are not uncommon.
With all of this in mind, we’ve compiled a shortlist of the five best golf courses in Norway.
*Note: This list is based upon ratings and reviews of real golfers. It does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Leadingcourses. Courses must have at least 18 holes to be ranked in this list.
Trysilfjellet Golf Course is set in Hedmark, at the foot of the Trysilfjellet mountain. A truly picturesque location. There are two 18 hole courses (par-72) on offer, both with exciting designs, varied holes and narrow fairways. The practice facilities are second to none and include everything you need from the massive driving range & putting green to the chipping area and practice bunker. The newly built clubhouse rounds off excellent facilities and the cements Trysilfjellet’s place in our top 5!
Norsjø Golfpark is one of 7 golf courses in the south-easterly region of Telemark. It is wonderfully located by the Norsjø lake which is also a part of the Telemark Canal. It’s challenging 18 hole course features an additional 6 hole training course for those who want a quick test. The golf course itself can prove demanding for golfers of all abilities with its open fairways and several challenging green areas. Besides this, you will get to take in the spectacular views from every hole as you make your way around the beautiful lake and forest.
Although hailed as one of the best golf courses in Norway, there is still a tendency for tourists to overlook the Kongsvinger Golfklubb. This hidden gem is one of the most scenic tracks in Europe, and thanks to Swedish architect Peter Nordwall, there are many memorable holes too. The course itself has touches of British influence with its sandy soil and blooming heather. However, there is no denying that the surroundings have the authentic Norwegian feel. Kongsvinger is a forest course which offers isolated fairways, brilliant service and a great price/quality ratio. One for the future!
Bjaavann is a jewel of a golf course that sits along a fjord connected to the the North Sea. Each hole is unique with up to 6 tees to choose from and water in play on most holes. Robert Trent Jones II made sure that there were plenty of challenges for golfers of all levels. He even named it “The Norwegian Beauty”. In addition to the unique course, there’s a clubhouse with a great pro shop and training facilities include a driving range, chipping area, and putting green. This 6,889-yard course is definitely worth a round!
Stiklestad Golfklubb is rated an impressive 8.4 from a whopping 168 reviews, making it the number one course on our list. It is located beside Trones Eye in north central Norway. Most of the land around the golf course serves as a hiking and recreation area. It was once an important center of power during the Viking Age and several large burial mounds, can be seen as players move through the course. The course has been named as one of the best golf courses in Norway a number of times and even held the Scandinavian title in 2016. The magnificent views of the Trondheim Fjord, the historic setting and of course the top quality golf means that Stiklestad is perched on top of our shortlist!
Path to the North
So there you have it. Although not a very long list, it should be enough to get you started. Obviously this is just the tip of the iceberg and Norway has loads more to offer in terms of golf courses, history, nature and more. For instance, Lofoten Links (pictured above) did not make it onto our list but it is the home of ‘golf under the midnight sun’ and is highly recommended. Don’t forget to check out VisitNorway.com for more information on this. Happy golfing!