Karelia - Finland

Karelia Golf,
Vaskiportintie 7,
80780 Kontioniemi,

  • +358 (0) 400 259 944

  • Aki Keronen

  • Kosti Kuronen

  • Toni Laakkonen

Twenty kilometres north of the university town of Joensuu sits the Karelia Golf 18-hole golf course, laid out across a little peninsula that juts into Lake Höytiäinen. With fairways carved from a densely forested landscape, the playing corridors are narrow, putting a premium on accuracy off the tee and with the approach shot to the green.

Measuring 6,200 metres from the rear tees, the course plays to a par of 72 (36 out then 36 in) with holes arranged as two returning nines. The outward half is set to the south of the clubhouse with the inward half occupying ground closer to the lake, where the green for the 13th hole lies closest to the shoreline.

Notable holes include back-to-back par fives at the 4th and 5th (running in parallel in opposite directions); the shortest of the par threes at the 11th (where a long bunker in front of the shallow green forces a tee shot carry to the green); and the long, right doglegged par four 18th which plays to a home green guarded by a single bunker.

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