Best golf courses: Finland

Finland is a land of two seasons. Winter, which lasts from 6 to 8 months, from north to south, and summer, equally intense and spectacular. Between the two, spring and autumn are as wonderful as they are short. The golfing season in Finland begins at the beginning of May and lasts until October, but you can play for twice as long as anywhere else. In the summer, night-time is just a brief period of dusk. In and around Helsinki there are many 18-hole golf courses. Helsinki Golf Club (HGK) is the oldest and most prestigious golf course, founded in 1932. HGK is also widely known by the name of the old manor "Tali" and has hosted more championships than any other club in Finland, including the Ladies European Tour competition. To make the most of your golfing trip, and to help in your planning, you can look up the location of the best courses in Finland on our customised maps.

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Mariehamn
Sederholm, Jan

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Mariehamn

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Jan Sederholm (Castle course)
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Turku
Sivula, Pekka

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Turku

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Pekka Sivula
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
Sederholm, Jan

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Helsinki

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Swedish designer Jan Sederholm.
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
Kurosen, Kosti

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Helsinki

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Finnish course designer Kosti Kurosen.
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
Arkkola, Lauri

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Helsinki

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Lauri Arkkola
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Helsinki
Jones, David

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Helsinki

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David Jones
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Kotka
Kurosen, Kosti

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Kotka

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Kosti Kurosen designed the 18-hole Mussalo course (1989).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
McBroom, Tom

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Helsinki

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Canadian golf course architect Tom McBroom designed Kytäjä's North West and South East courses.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Helsinki
McBroom, Thomas

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Helsinki

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Canadian golf course architect Tom McBroom designed Kytäjä's North West and South East courses.

4-PLUS: Must play course - excellent standard; worthy of 4½ stars.
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Lahti
Lobb, Tim

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Lahti

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Tim Lobb of European Golf Design
3-star: Good course – an enjoyable test for your game.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
Kurosen, Kosti

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Helsinki

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Kosti Kurosen (Master course 1987; Forest course completed in 1997).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
Benz, Bradford

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Helsinki

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American designer Bradford Benz.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Helsinki
Fream, Ron

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Helsinki

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American designer Ron Fream.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Oulu
Fream, Ron

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Oulu

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Ron Fream of Golfplan designed Oulun's 27-hole layout (1992). Nine additional holes were added in 2005 to create the Sanki and Vaara courses.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Kajaani
Fream, Ron

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Kajaani

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Ron Fream
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Helsinki
Sederholm, Jan

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Helsinki

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Swedish designer Jan Sederholm (Forest course, 2004); Reijo Hillberg (Park and Seaside courses, 1986).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Vaasa
Jones II, Robert Trent

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Vaasa

Designer

Robert Trent Jones Jr

3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
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Helsinki
Sederholm, Jan

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Helsinki

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Swedish designer Jan Sederholm designed the Old course (1984) and New course (1991).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
Kurosen, Kosti

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Helsinki

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Kosti Kurosen designed both the New (Pyhä Lauri/Holy Lauri) course (2002) and the Old (Kalkki-Petteri/Lime Peter) course (1989).
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Kuopio
Sederholm, Jan

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Kuopio

Designer

Swedish designer Jan Sederholm (Old course, 2000; New course, 2008).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
Wartiainen, Henrik

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Helsinki

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Henrik Wartiainen
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
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Lahti
Cooke, Graham

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Lahti

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Cooke course: designed by Canadian architect Graham Cooke (2006).
Classic course: designed by Jan Sederholm of Sweden (1988).

4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Lappeenranta
Fjallman, Peter

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Lappeenranta

Designer

18-hole Etelä-Saimaa course designed by Peter Fjällman (2006).
3-PLUS: Good course - several memorable features; worthy of 3½ stars.
Visitors welcome
Oulu
Sederholm, Jan

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Oulu

Designer

Swedish designer Jan Sederholm.
4-star: Above average course - well worth a visit.
Visitors welcome
Helsinki
Kurosen, Kosti

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Helsinki

Designer

Originally designed by Kosti Kurosen (1996); revamped by Martin Ebert of Mackenzie & Ebert (2007).

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