Bjaavann is a beauty, plain and simple, and a very good golf course full of interesting challenges. The course might look short on the card but don’t be fooled, there are a few elevation changes that challenge both the teeshot and the approach. As usual with a RTJ II course there are clear choices with risk and reward, have a look at the short par four 3rd hole, played on the left fairway the teeshot is uphill, and approach downhill, but, played to the right fairway the hole plays considerably shorter and without any elevation, however your midiron to the right fairway needs to be exquisitely precise, even a slight miss would land you in severe trouble. Five holes play along lake Bjaavann and are particularly stunning as well as having the water as a strong component of the playing strategy. The rest of the course works itself thru beautiful forest and open parkland, and be warned, there are some marsh areas incorporated in the design so choose your line carefully, or, bring enough balls. The course closes unusually with two par threes before a majestic par five. Both the par threes are a study in indecision and the severely downhill 17th offers a gorgeous view of the lake. The home hole is long, and as you need to stay on the right side towards the lake for the ideal line it is also particularly nerve racking, simply a cracking par five!
Date: June 25, 2012