Golf is a popular sport in Norway, and new golf courses are popping up at many places throughout the country.
From Robert Jones-designed 18-hole courses to six-hole courses built by volunteers – Norway’s 185 golf courses offer something for every player, whether you are a low handicap golfer or a tourist looking for an unforgettable outdoor experience. Either way, Norway has a golf course to suit you.
Most golf courses can be found in the Oslo area and near the cities of Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim, although there are also some in more rural areas. Most visiting golfers, however, head to the Lofoten Islands for a round of golf under the midnight sun, a truly unique experience. There are also occasional golf competitions on ice or snow.
If you want to play golf in Norway, keep in mind that most Norwegian golf courses are products of the environment and the Nordic climate. On the south-west coast you can normally play all year round, but for most courses the season starts in early May and ends some time in October/November depending on when the frost sets in.
There are also places for indoor training, and a number of mini-golf courses.
"Pay and play" is not widespread in Norway. Most courses are run by golf clubs, and it is recommended to bring valid membership ID of your own golf club. Greenfees varies from NOK 250-500 on most courses.
Norway's best golf courses
The finest golf courses in Norway are Oslo Golf Club Bogstad and Miklagard, according to the Rolex Golf Guide 2012. The two golf courses were each awarded 85 points, of a possible 100. Moss & Rygge and Bjaavann Golf Club golf courses got 80 points each.
Did you know?
• Golf is the third most popular sport in Norway after football and skiing.
• There are 122,000 registered golf players in Norway out of a population of five million people.
• There are 185 courses in Norway.
• Located outside Tromsø, Tromsø Golfpark is the world's northernmost 18-hole golf course, while Lakselv, Banak Golf Links is the northernmost nine-hole golf course.
• Midnight sun golfing is the most popular golf activity for tourists.
For more information about playing golf in Norway, please email the Norwegian Golf Association - email@example.com
Find a listing of golf courses throughout Norway.
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