Impressive designs in Finland

Where else in the world can you tee off at eight o'clock and finish in broad daylight at gone midnight!

Phill Hayman
Fri, 4 Aug 2006


Mikko Ilonen
In southern Finland the sun can shine for 21 hours a day in the height of summer. No wonder then, golf is popular when you can head to the tee at eight o'clock in the evening and still be putting on the final green in broad daylight at gone midnight!

Linna Golf, whose tour professional, Mikko Ilonen, achieved a top-20 finish in this year’s Open Championship at Hoylake, is one of 108 courses in Finland and the latest on the PGA European Tour course roster.

Cutting through birch and pine forests on the historic Vanajan Linna estate it’s easy to see why the 7,244 yard, par 72 course, designed by Australian architect Tim Lobb is attracting praise.

Commented five-times Open Champion, Peter Thomson: “I doubt there is a better course in Scandinavia. The terrain is excellent and has been used in the best way possible to create a course with a great variety of holes which will challenge all standards of golfers. In time, I believe Linna Golf will become a national treasure.”


The par 5 ,15th
Interestingly, the 15th hole (pictured right) was subject of a unique international golf course architecture competition. The winning entry was sketched by South African David Sampson while he waited to catch a flight at London’s Heathrow Airport.

Complete with a former hunting lodge as hotel, the complex is home to the Anssi Kankkonen Golf Academy which boasts a driving range with grass tees, target greens protected by bunkers and an oversized putting green.

The academy currently offers two-day instructional breaks available at £240 per person including 12 hours of tuition over the two days, two nights’ accommodation and lunch on both days.

So, if you’re looking for a weekend away with the added bonus of honing your golf skills, Linna Golf, located 100 km from Helsinki airport could be just the ticket.

For more information visit www.linnagolf.fi and don’t forget to pay a visit to our property and travel section for more news from around the world.

 

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