Golf in the snow? Alex heads to the Arctic Circle to find out

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Alex Perry
Thu, 28 Mar 2013

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Night golf involves glowing balls


I’ve played night golf before. But that was under floodlights in balmy Portugal. This was night golf in the snow. On the side of a mountain. In 50-mile-an-hour winds.

A spotlight illuminates the tee. 160-yards in front of us, another spotlight shows us where the green is. Between the two: nothing but pitch black.

We fire our glowing balls off into the night sky and set off to find them – fascinated to discover that even those buried in the thick snow are easy to find.

The battering wind may have already put off a couple of spectators, but the four of us and our photographer power on.

(Incidentally, it turns out said photographer is cover crooner Nicke. I want to find this odd, but this is night-golf in the North Pole – nothing makes sense.)

Two halved holes of exhilarating extreme golf later and it all comes down to one putt. Thankfully for me, it’s Peder who is stood over it.

“Can he handle the pressure?” asks Mark. “He’ll have dreamed about this moment as a little boy growing up in northern Sweden,” jokes Dave.

Peder makes no mistake. He and I are the champions and we partake in the traditional fist-bump and hug – the latter mainly for warmth.

We head back into the bar to celebrate with an Irish coffee and more singing along with Nicke, his working knowledge of the 60s mod era music put thoroughly to the test by Dave.

What has been the most interesting, intriguing, exciting and downright off-the-wall golf trips I’ve ever taken comes to an end.

Would I go again? You try and stop me. Partly because they don’t sell reindeer in my local supermarket…

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Björkliden, part of Lapland Resorts, offers a three-night snow golf package from £460 per person half-board based on two people sharing a double/twin room at Hotel Fjället and includes transfers, white fees, balls and club hire. Flights and additional activities excluded from this price. Scandinavian Airlines provides regular flights to and from the United Kingdom via Stockholm. For more information, visit the Lapland Resorts website.

Click through the gallery where I will tell the story of my snow golf adventure in photographs. Any questions? Use the forum below or you can tweet me on @APGolf.

 

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