Since the Easter holidays run from the coming Thursday until next Monday in Norway, quite a few take this week off for Easter vacation. Most of us head for the mountains to get the last taste of winter and snow. Weather in the south part of Norway is perfect; a bit below freezing, sunny and enough snow for both cross country and downhill. In the news today, we saw young people having fun on snowboards in bikini:-) Yes, I know: we are the crazy Vikings!

Our family, however, headed over the Swedish border to our summer paradise in Mariestad. Spring has arrived early this year, the birds are singing, the crocus is blooming and most important of all; the golf season has begun:

The seasons first swing:-)

This morning, my wife and I opened the golf season with a good round in fantastic sunshine and good spirits. Our game might not have been perfect, but everything else was. A hole in one of spring experiences – the last round was in October last year! I know some of you don’t play golf at all or you might play it all year long. To a Scandinavian, after a cold and snowy winter season, it is like braking out of hibernation to see green grass and a lush putting green. The only trees that are green are the pine trees, but you can almost smell the growing buds on the birch trees:

Nordic golf course waking up from hibernation.

Walking around in a crisp wind and in temperature around 18C (64F) was so refreshing. I started with a wind proof jacket and ended in a t-shirt. I had both my Nokia mobile phone and a step counter on my belt. Click to enlarge the pics and I can tell you we walked almost 12 000 steps so it’s a great workout too!

The charming couple – The club house.

Golfing is one of the most social activities you can ever do. In a flight of four we met a nice and charming Swedish couple from the local area. He was a history teacher and we exchanged and discussed a lot of mutual Scandinavian history. Remember; Norway has been in union under the Swedish rule (1814 to 1905), so it’s always interesting to share opinions and knowledge. To a certain extent, that is what golf is all about.

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  1. Irish Church Lady :)

    It does look like you had a beautiful day! Way to kick off the season!

    I’m a very infrequent golfer – in fact it’s been years. Maybe once I retire I’ll have time! In the meantime it’s just biking and running for me because I can do both either to and from work or at work.

    I guess sales people are the only ones who can golf at work! LOL Oh and golf pros :-)

  2. Captain Crazy Lifecruiser

    Brrr, to ski in bikini. Or to fall… Butt of course, they never do…. *s*

    That’s niceland too, the golf courses. It’s really nice with this early spring weather we’re having. Kind of lifting our spirits very high already.

    Mr L has not yet been out there, but I suspect it’s just a matter of time now. He is a golfer since 20 years back. I’m not golfing at all. Never have and can’t start either because of the back.

    I tried to follow him around on the Slite golf club on the island Gotland one time, but it was tough for the back. too much standing and walking without possibilities to sit for a while.

    It really is a good exercise!

  3. i’m glad you and diane enjoyed some nice spring weather together. it got warm enough here to be able to throw open the windows again, yay!!! i don’t play golf because i would be a danger to myself and those around me but my husband and son do and i know they are looking forward to breaking out the clubs.

  4. Happy golfing and i hope you have a great time enjoying the fine weather arriving in Norway!

    12000 steps is very impressive – fantastic workout.

    My son is showing strong interest in golf with the computer games online. I’ve been too scared to contact the golf course in Leura as I’ve always had the impression it was a sport for the exclusively wealthy here. I should try calling to see if they can provide sugestions on mini-golf places nearby where my son can have a go ;)

  5. It must be wonderful to play golf in such a nice weather. Over here…it is so hot and the golfers put on long sleeve shirt ….can you imagine the heat Renny?

    Happy golfing pal :D

  6. Sounds like a good day on the course. Enjoy your holiday!

  7. @IrishChurchLady:: I most only play when in Sweden in my spare time to combine pleasure and work out. Biking is great too!
    Not only salesmen – networkers too!:-)

    CaptianCracyLifecruiser: No, falling is out of the question LoL
    Yes, the Easter weather in Scandinavia so far has been excellent – hope you have time to enjoy it too!
    I know your husband play and wish him a great season. And both of you play indoors golf as far as I know;-)

    @Lime: If I could learn it, you could :-) The clubs are easier to handle than you would think!

    @aka R’acquel: Well, I’m actually in Sweden now, but it’s close you know:-)
    Golf is a great sport for the hole family, so by all means: give it a try!

    @Shionge: It’s hard to imagine for a Viking you know:-)

    @Hexe: I will, and not for long you will experience the Nordic atmosphere too!

  8. Mother of Invention

    You are having milder temps than we are and yet still have more snow. It’s probably melting quickly and your rivers will be overflowing. Our ski places have officially closed last weekend and they are preparing the cross-country sites for their biking season soon. Some people have golfed already. We’re supposed to get 3 days of light snow on Thurs.!!!

  9. Wow! You’re playing golf and we have snow in our forecast. That’s not fair!!!

    Enjoy :)

  10. it’s his favorite sport! i like the pictures.

    it’s like a vacation time for the people here also because it’s already summer and it’s a long weekend :)

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