Life is about incidents, and this excursion started on a day when I didn’t realize that Prince Edward Island existed! It started in 2017, when I was approached to play at my home club – Golf Montanyà – with a young lady named Tiffany. She was Australian conceived and had settled in Prince Edward Island, yet the time, she’d been going the world over, expounding on golf and cooking. She was so energetic about PEI as a playing golf goal, that her energy was infectious. It was at that time I concluded that I needed to get the hang of something increasingly about it and possibly plan my very own excursion!
I didn’t take long in beginning my examination. I approached arranging my excursion step by step and course by course. It was exciting to find this new area and I was elated when I understood that my newly discovered goal was really the #1 Golfing Destination in Canada.
I had the option to discover a ton of accommodating data on the web, just as some bundle bargains that were ideal for my outing. I would suggest seeing sites like Tourism PEI. In any case in case we’re speaking pretty much golf explicitly, the must visit destinations are Golf PEI and the Leadingcourses Prince Edward Island area. On Golf PEI you can discover the entirety of the data with respect to the 17 greens situated on the island. You will likewise discover their Value Cards. These prove to be useful on the off chance that you need to play a couple of courses during your remain.
I had the option to buy the ‘Green Card’ for just C$429,99. This qualified me for one round in every single seminar on the island – 17 rounds in the event that you can play them all. Shockingly I could just play 10, yet it was an incredible arrangement in any case.
Sovereign Edward Island
Photo: © chensiyuan
The name of the island has been liable to change during that time and gives an intriguing story with regards to itself. The primary realized occupants were an exceptionally enormous indigenous clan named the Miꞌkmaq. A First Nations individuals that involved territories of land covering Canada’s Atlantic Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island) just as the Gaspé Peninsula of Quebec. They gave the island the title of Abegweit – approximately meant “Supported on the Waves”.
Upon the appearance of French pilgrims, the name was immediately changed over to Île Saint-Jean (after John the Baptist), anyway the British would before long change that as well. In 1763, Canada formally turned into a British province and at first the island was just meant St. John’s Island. This clearly wasn’t sufficiently snappy notwithstanding, and the name was changed once more, first to New Ireland, before at last choosing Prince Edward Island in 1799. This name was after Edward Augustus, the duke of Kent and Strathearn and authority of the British powers in North America.
Golf on the Island
The island itself is partitioned into 4 regions (for the travel industry purposes). When voyaging, I generally prefer to join golf with touring and gastronomy however much as could reasonably be expected. So having the entirety of this data was basic for me. I had the option to set up my courses and book the tee times with next to zero problem.
As you may know, PEI isn’t exceptionally enormous. what’s more, I remained in the equivalent Airbnb for the term of the outing, near Kensington. The farthest course was only a brief drive. I would energetically suggest this, as it is an outright joy to drive on PEI’s picturesque streets.
I generally travel alone, anyway I do appreciate some organization on the course. So when I book my tee times, I generally put forth a valiant effort to be matched with another person. I am glad to state that in PEI, I never played alone! Indeed, even the flawless individuals at Stanhope Golf Club remembered me for a nearby competition.
The entirety of my accomplices were so inviting and playing close by them made an incredible encounter, far and away superior! I likewise became acquainted with an abundance of data about their ways of life and the island itself all while playing my preferred game.
Be that as it may, you’re most likely needing to find out about the golf!
Pick of the Pack
Great perspective on the Atlantic from Crowbush
As I would see it, the first spot in the positioning ought to go to The Links at Crowbush Cove. This course was structured by Thomas McBroom and opened in 1993. Not long after it was perceived by Golf Digest, as Canada’s ‘Best New Course’ in 1994.currently sits at number 38 in Canada’s Top 100 Golf Course rankings.
The course neglects the north shore rises of PEI with undulating fairways, water openings and blustery conditions (at any rate the day I played). The pot shelters and testing greens make for a stimulating round and all in completely flawless condition. There are 4 arrangements of tees (5,010 yd – 6,903 yd) so you can make the most of your round, whatever your aptitudes. I played from the back tees, known as “The Crows”. Probably the best tee marks I’ve at any point seen! Some significant openings here incorporate the eleventh, sixteenth and the seventeenth.
The eleventh (Sully’s Run)
The eleventh, standard 5 (595 yd) named “Contaminate’s Run” has some exquisite perspectives from the raised tee. With a decent drive you can arrive at the green in 2, despite the fact that you are gambling an extensive shot over the marshland to a raised green.
The view down Sully’s Run
The sixteenth then again is an excellent standard 4 (360 yd) and most likely the notable gap of the course. Unquestionably the most captured without a doubt! You have the thundering sea on your correct side and you’ll have the unenviable undertaking of hitting the long and tight green (for the most part into the breeze). Challenging, however completely great in any case.
At long last, the standard 3, seventeenth (113 yd) highlights a visually impaired tee shot to a short yet requesting green. There are incredible perspectives on the sixteenth from the tee, which makes for an energizing disagreement to the clubhouse.
Like I said Crowbush was my top pick by and large, and on the off chance that you can just play one fairway in Prince Edward Island, it must be this one!
Pipped at the Pin
Dundarave Golf Course, Prince Edward Island
Dundarave Golf Course comes in at a nearby second in my estimations. It is one of two courses at the Rodd Brudenell River Resort on the east side of PEI with Brudenell Golf Course being the other. The course was planned by Dr. Michael Hurdzan and Dana Fry and opened in July of l999. Dundarave is the freshest and generally testing out of the two – as I would like to think.
Wide, tree-lined fairways, lovely red-sanded bunkering of different shapes and sizes and all around kept up greens give this spot a demeanor of value. As you are playing in a woodland, each gap is disengaged from the rest and it feels just as you have the entire course to yourself.
Champion gaps here incorporated the fifth, seventh and the eighth.
The fifth (Tranquility)
Gap 5 is suitably named Tranquility. It is a standard 3 (162yd), all around secured by those red sanded shelters so a precise tee shot is required.
Quietness – fifth at Dundarave
The seventh (Confession Box)
Gap 7 or the Confession Box on the off chance that you like, is a more extended standard 3 extending 228 yards. It requires a more grounded tee shot to hit a long and thin green. A difficult yet amazingly wonderful gap.
The eighth (Emerald Altar)
The Emerald Altar is notable in these parts. It is a famous opening without a doubt, and one of the most captured in the island. A delightful view is seen from the tee, looking legitimately over a swamp zone into an intersection fairway. You should hold your drive to the correct side in the event that you need to remain safe here. In any case, this will leave you with an any longer shot into a thin and precarious green. This standard 4 was one of my top picks.
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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.
The wonderful view at Trysilfjellet
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!
The magical Norsjø lake
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!
The calm but treacherous water at Bjaavann
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!
View of the Trondheim Fjord
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!