Golf in Finland
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Finland : Tourism and GolfFinland has nearly 50,000 golfers and an ever increasing number of golf courses, about 60 at the time of writing. Given that Finland is one of Europe's most northerly countries, the seasons are typically long periods of darkness in the winter and long periods of sunlight in the summer. Indeed in the very far north, the sun does not set at all for a period of months - every played golf at midnight ? The golfing season is between may and September. The majority of courses are 18 holes and quite spacious. Facilities are typically to a high standard with green fees very affordable.
As a tourist destination, Finland offers the unique opportunity of sampling West and East culture. There is more to see than golf and visitors should consider visiting neighbouring countries to sample their rich cultures. Fishing is another popular pastime as are the famous saunas. There are companies which organise recreational activities which include golf for anyone spending a few days in Finland.
Some facts on Finland. The capital is Helsinki on the southernmost tip. The currency is the Markka. International Dial Code is 358. Shopping and banking hours are the same as most other European countries. Finland is obviously close to the Arctic so in winter dress accordingly. Summers can be warm but it advisable to carry a light jacket. When eating out, there is a lot of fish on the menu which varies with the seasons. Finland is of course famous for Vodka though beer is readily available. Social and business etiquette is typical of most European countries.