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Golf with or without polar bears

Golf is a rapidly growing family sport in Scandinavia.

In Denmark, for example, where the temperatures are more moderate than in the other Nordic countries, the number of golf courses has doubled so that there are now more than 140, many of which feature idyllic scenery. Over 10 of the courses are ranked at international championships levels. But there are plenty of pay-and-play courses for the amateurs featuring lake vistas, exquisite woods and gently rolling hills. Further info: www.golfdk.dk
If the typical sand trap isn’t enough of a challenge, you might consider ice golfing on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, some 1,000 km south of the North Pole.
Sand is not a problem in the Spitsbergen Open, which took place this year in April. However, snow blindness, extreme cold and polar bears have to be considered. White golf balls are not recommended, if you want to have a chance at a second stroke.
Players are most comfortable in thermal suits and goggles, since the temperature can drop to -30C. Security is another issue: Spotters with rifles watch out for polar bears so that no one has the caddy for lunch in the middle of the nine-hole course.
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