The course here at Bjaavann Golf Club opened in 2006 and it’s based around Lake Bjaavann. Five holes hug the edge of the water and the remaining fairways traverse dense forest, rocky outcrops and wandering streams as they take the golfer on a wonderful woodland journey.
The signature hole at Bjaavann is the 170-yard 8th, the second of back-to-back par three holes on the front nine. Played from an elevated tee high above the level of the lake, golfers take aim at a green that juts out into the water with a large bunker placed front left to catch any timid tee shots.Robert Trent Jones II thinks very highly of the location chosen for this development: “The good people of the Bjaavann Golfklubb have truly provided a wonderful canvas to create golf art. This extraordinary site embodies all the many beautiful characteristics with which Norway is blessed. It is our job to merely discover and unveil a great golf experience while respecting Mother Nature”.
My local course and it's called "the Norwegian beauty" for a reason. A fantastic Robert Trent Jones jr. design where hole 1 and 2 get you off to a tough start. Survive those with a respectable score, and holes 3-8 are very scoreable until you meet no 9 (old 18), a par 5 which is arguably the hardest hole on the course where you have to hit shot 1 and 2 along a lake, before hitting the approach shot towards a well-protected green. 10, 11, 12 are average holes, however 13 is a real par 3 challenge where you hit your tee shot on to an island type of green similar to Sawgrass hole 17. For the remainder of the back; 14, 16, 17 and 18 are all scoreable, whereas 15 is unquestionably the hardest hole. Overall it’s a gem of a course in terms of design, where the front 9 probably is the strongest selection of holes.
In terms of the condition the course has been mixed in recent years, mostly down to unpredictable weather. The club house and training facilities are average by Norwegian standards, so don't expect anything fancy, but you'll get a very playable and fun golf course with some good and varied challenges.
Definitely your golf course of choice in the southern part of Norway.
I really enjoyed this course as it is a natural beauty. Fantastic elevation changes, great views, and a strong hole routing that challenges every aspect of your game. Despite last fall and the spring/summer weather challenges the course was still in good shape but I can imagine how strong it is during normal weather. The members were fantastic in taking in this guest and showing him the way around the course with great hospitality. I'd return here in a heartbeat to see this course in prime conditions and to play a round with wonderful people.