Meland - Norway

Meland Golfklubb,
Beitingsveien,
5918 Frekhaug,
Norway


  • +47 56 17 46 00

  • Rune Mjøs

  • Robert A. Hunt

  • Bjørn Hage

Meland Golf Club is located to the north of Bergen and its 18 holes are set in a stunning fjord location. Meland is already receiving accolades as one of Europe's best new venues and the course looks good, with a unique setting among forests, lakes and mountains.

Designed by Robert A. Hunt of PGA Management and opened in 1999, the 6,823 yard, par 73 Meland course is laid out on sandy, peaty soil with free draining qualities that ensure it stays open, whatever the wet weather, throughout an April to November playing season. Meland’s 225-acre site in Nordhordaland is still relatively immature but, like all the best things in life, it will obviously improve with age.

The round starts with three stout par fives in the first five holes – indeed, the stroke index of the first three holes is 3, 5 and 1 so no leisurely start here! And, when you arrive at the 8th hole, try to keep your mind on the task in hand as the view from the elevated tee to the fjord in the distance is quite intoxicating.

On the back nine, there’s an interesting short par four at the 11th hole and a monster par five – at over 630 yards – at the 16th. The round ends with a treacherous, 211-yard, par three, played from an elevated tee to an island green protected by bunkers short left and long right. It may have a stroke index of 18 to match its hole number but a three on the scorecard is far from easy at this closing hole.

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Description: Meland Golf Club is already receiving accolades as one of Europe's best new venues and the course looks good, with a unique setting among forests, lakes and mountains. Rating: 5.3 out of 6 Reviews: 4

A bunch of us arrived on a friend's yacht on a cold rainy day after about ten days cruising the fjords, and not really expecting to play golf. The staff at Meland set us up with rental clubs and off we went. The course was soaked and we were surprised they let us take carts on the fairways. That being said, the course was delightful, and in remarkably good shape given all the water. Many scenic and interesting holes. The start is a bit daunting with three par fives in short order, but it settled into a nice interesting flow. We were rewarded with bright sunshine on the back nine.
5 / 6
Meland
July 22, 2015


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I played the course 20th of September. And from the moment we arrived at the venerable clubhouse we had a feeling of a fantastic day. This course which has hosted former US president Bill Clinton is of championship class. Immediately after arriving a strong feeling of exploring the course by foot overwhelmed us and we did. The temperature at this sunny sparkling day in fall was fresh and gave inspiration to really make it a physical play day.The first hole looks edible. The danger is going too far, or left, or right - against two lateral water hazard or OB against the range. My friend goes to the left and complains of his back packing, he always has a rationalization ready. The fairways are narrower against towards the green, the ball stops and pops. The hole gives a feeling shaken and stirred, noone hit the woods which is everyone fear of Meland. Hull two are also at tee widely as an airstrip, but it is further to the green than you think. As well the bunkers collect balls, no obvious scratch, this!Easy is not hole 4 a pair of three hole. 200 meters up the hill into the headwind. Whew, Meland has prevailed. We decide to enjoy the experience of nature as priority one. The blackbird sparkles, Chaffinch cheering, the bumblebee is hurtling, and we cannot really have it better! We are walking from one hole to the other hole, and suddenly we are in the middle of the forest and united with the whispering branches. Of course, we take a few chances and have to bleed, but after a while new opportunity reveals! It is the sovereign of golf, defeat turned to victory before we know it. At Meland the odds are only slightly worse, scratch is a bit further away! Hole eight is wonderful, we get a glimpse of Bergen in the distance, maybe it is the Hurtigruta tumbling forward on sparkling waters.Holes 14, 15 and 16 are called the Bermuda triangle, and that is not promissing. Boats and people disappear in the Bermuda Triangle, we are now moving from challenging to where at Meland is overcoming the unsecure player! The round has given us a beating, now the knife is to be stuck into shivering bodies, and we golfing wreck commencing teetering on the will. Justice triumphs, we run well on hole 16 and hole 17 gives us a good end of season with total of scratch to our handicap. Finally we are getting a glimpse of the civilization, the club house down there behind the green of the 18th hole. A beautiful par three hole, but there are noone sitting on the terrace and whom can give applause to what will become a soft, fine blow that lands with butterfly feet on the green. That was the theory! Three lets go and slices towards the seaside. I am topping and shooting the ball into the rear bunker. Golf can be very difficult, and this time we where beaten by Meland. We had a fantastic dinner at Bryggen restaurant that topped the day.
6 / 6
Meland
October 23, 2012


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A must play, one of the most challenging courses in Norway, Meland - Photo by Janmaybe as equally challenging as Skjomen up in the North. Fairly long at 5900 meters from club tees and a fairly narrow forest course, however it's close to the sea so wind can be a defining factor. Quite nice design with some nice water features, not heavily bunkered but if you stray off the fairway there is the heather or trees to penalise you instead. Make sure to bring a few extra balls, on those occasions where you stray, they tend to get lost... Notable holes 3,5,8,9,10,12.13,15,16 and 18 Favourite hole must the 13th, par 3 at 140 meters, elevated tee, a stone wall to the left and some bushes (not gorse tho) to the right of the target line reminds of classic English heathland holes, and in addtition, a faboulous view which makes it in to a quite memorable hole
5 / 6
Meland
September 23, 2010


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This is a gem. A golfer´s must. 18 holes that doesn´t even resemble each other. Fantastic greens from April to October. Every shot has a disaster lurking. Rated the toughest in Europe for Slope Rating (151) Easy to walk. Somewhat short - 6900 from - the Champion tees. But a true monster on a wet and windy day. Course record still 71. Can you break 70? I doubt it. Unfortunately poor facilities. Don´t expect much in terms of anything other than the course. Take a look at these pictures:
5 / 6
Meland
July 20, 2009


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