Nordcenter, Aminnefors, Finland

It's no secret that Finland is home to vodka and saunas, but not many would peg it as a golfing country. Given that it's one of Europe?s northernmost countries, you wouldn't guess that Finland's climate is conducive to outdoor sports, and there's no doubt that winters here can be drawn-out and particularly painful. Yet Finland also enjoys long summers with plenty of daylight, enabling a golf season that extends from May to September, and days on the links that can play out past midnight.

Of the more than 70 golf courses spread throughout Finland, Nordcenter is perhaps the country's most internationally renowned and exclusive. Located in the south near the sailing town of Tammisaari (and approximately an hour drive from Helsinki), Nordcenter boasts 18 holes designed by Ronald Fream. Its unusual contours - the links meander through woods, short hills and along the sea - make for a course that is both challenging and a delight to play on.

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