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Opening of the Golf Season at Spring in the Nordic

Opening of the golf season in Norway and Sweden is another of our spring rituals. From my last posts, you’ve seen spring is in the air in Oslo city as well as on the countryside. Since its the Easter season, we are at our vacation home in Sweden and here spring is a couple of weeks ahead of Oslo. The snow has gone, snow bells, crocus and daffodils have start blooming and today we’ve had 18C (65F) and sunshine. It was a perfect day to add a milestone to this years calendar; the opening of the golf season – so when a friend asked if I would play, I was thrilled. To me the weather condition was perfect and no problem playing, as long as you know how to dress right (click all pics – taken with my Nokia mob phone – to bigify and enjoy):

Nordic Spring Golf #1

You may notice that the tee, fairway or even green, isn’t exactly green yet and the trees have only a few buds. Still, after months of winter, snow and ice, not even wild horses could keep us away. To me it’s another proof of the beauty in the significant four seasons and makes you enjoy each and one of them even more – like being able to start playing golf again.

Another reason for wanting to play again is that it is very social and recreational. To go out in the nature – so beautiful – fresh, quiet and far from urban stress is a perfect way to charge your batteries. If I told you we also saw some foxes in the woods, you probably get the idea. Adding to that, we had a nice chat about all and nothing – about how much we enjoy life and family and our loved ones – about our summer and vacation plans – and a lot more. So let me introduce you to my friend and his perfect swing:
Nordic Spring Golf #2 Nordic Spring Golf #3
My friend even wore shorts – but then again he is even more of a Viking than me :-)

Some think golf is all about clubs, strokes, score cards and the competition. If so, you have to think again, or at least to me it’s much more. It’s all about relaxation, about enjoying nature and life – about making friends and developing friendships – or to make it short; A thrill money can’t buy. So if you ask who won, I can’t tell you. I made a couple of holes on par and some on a new record of amount of strokes and my partner put up a big smile each time he hit the ball. Other than that, we both won – We won the opening of this years golf season in Sweden – and that’s not bad, since we both are Norwegians :lol:

Btw: My regular visitors know I’ve been to Brussels together with my wife and she even met our blog friend Gattina in Waterloo. Don’t worry; I will post about this wonderful weekend in the days to come and you can already read some about it at Diane’s and Gattina’s.

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  1. Golf!! :) How wonderful that you can actually get out and play! I’ve never played but an outside recreation is always a good thing. It’s Opening Day for the Baseball season here and I’m revved up excited about my San Francisco Giants playing!

  2. Looks like you had a nice day for it. At least you waited until the snow was off the fairway. ;-)

    Spring is hesitating here today. We had a hard freeze last night and the high today is only in the 40’sF. Brrr!

    Have a good rest of your week, Renny.

    Love and hugs,


  3. Hello Renny,

    Wow, you were already able to play golf. Can’t wait to play too but there’s still some know in our golf club. We’ll just have to play in another course then. :)

    Have a great Holy Week!

  4. Oslo – Bruxelles – Oslo – Mariestad and soon up far North.
    You are again a busy man. Hurray. Then Golf must be a wonderful, relaxing break up.

    Have a great Easter, both relaxing and exam preps.

  5. wow! it’s really spring already.

    i really hope i can go there soon coz 1. i still have a free lunch to claim 2. i’ll eat fish that you’ll cook which i can getin discount 3. you’ll teach me golf. hehehe ;p

  6. Yeah for being outside. I think our temps were roughly 15C or maybe slightly higher. If it was 18C out, why weren’t you in a t-shirt only!!!! I jogged for the first time in shorts yesterday. I felt so odd after so long wearing sweats and clothing everywhere. :) Great blue skies too!


    I am not far behind you Renny …. some courses opened, then closed, then opened, then closed here. Ha haaaa!!!

    Spring in Minnesota is very unpredictable. I hope to play soon too. The first round is always played on yellow fairways with frozen water hazzards ;-)

  8. Yes, it’s time t open the golf season. They opens today over here, so there will be a premier time for hubby this weekend too.

    Golf sure is a social and very healthy hobby, even though I think it takes too much time with an 18-holes, better with the 9 holes :-)

  9. Agree with you about the four seasons! Never tried golf but I do well at putt putt (mini golf) – that could be because I’m half blind…….Now I’m off to catch up on the ‘Gattina story’.

  10. I so enjoy the annual golf pictures. It reminds of my days in the North when you finally have THAT day when you know spring has finally arrived. So happy for you.

  11. nice!!…you must be good in golf!..
    anyway how’s the turfs’ condition in spring?is it harsh?

  12. I just love that word, bigify! :)
    As soon as I get out of the hospital, I will be spending my rehabilitation at the driving range!

  13. a great pasttime for sure Renny and it looks like you had a marvellous time and you look like you know what you are doing… ie professional ..
    I remember using my Dad’s indoor putter but that’s about it :)
    have a lovely Easter weekend and have a great day in the forest on Sunday ;)

  14. The golf courses have been open for about two weeks and our temperatures are averaging about 6 C during the day. The landscape looks the same as yours. When temperatures hit 0 C you start seeing shorts (anybody whose part eskimo – kidding ) and the kids get out their skateboards and bikes. It its sunny its a good day! Anne (southeastern Minnesota, USA )

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