Sunnfjord GK – About
My home club Sunnfjord GK is situated in Vassenden in the western part of Norway. It is a 3-hour drive north of Bergen. It is a 9 hole parkland course (different tees on the nine makes it an 18 hole course with par 72). The course is short and narrow so it is very much possible to lose your ball. There’s a driving range, a putting green, and a pro shop. It’s also a 3 hole, par 3 course with floodlights and artificial greens. The course is open from late April to the start of November.
Course record is held by Jakob Stubhaug – 67 (-5)
Sunnfjord GK | Greenfee
Greenfee: 300 NOK (35 £ or 30$) for a day greenfee
Sunnfjord GK | The Course
The first hole is a short 222-meter par 4. It is just a mid-iron of the tee to a fairly wide landing area. You could go for the green of the tee, but it is a small green with a bunker front left and on the right. If you miss the fairway you might lose your ball. The second hole is a short par 5, dogleg right. The tee shot is over water with out of bounds lurking on the right and trouble if you go through the fairway. The approach is either a lay-up or you could go for the green in two. There is a hidden water hazard about 80 meters short of the green which will collect missed shots. The green is sloping towards you which could mean a difficult put if you are past the flag. Hole number 3 is a short par 3 with water short of the green. If you miss the green on the left, you are faced with a difficult up and down. The fourth hole is another short par 4. It is a dogleg right and you must hit it straight and long enough to reach in two. If you miss the fairway you will have to chip out, if you even find your ball that is. The green is guarded by a small stream in front and it is hard to hit. If you go long you might need to hit a new ball. Miss it well short if anything.
Short is not always easy
Hole number five is also a short par 4. The fairway slopes towards a hazard on the left, so even a good shot could get punished if you get a bad bounce. The green is sloping towards you hit it too long you might face a chip or putt downhill which could be hard to stop on the green. Hole number six is a difficult par 4. The tee shot must be placed strategically to have a line to the green. Long hitters could go over the stone fence in the middle of the fairway, but if the ball hits the wall you might lose it. Short of the fence is a good play for safety. Out of bounds left and right makes it even more difficult. The water behind the green makes this one of the toughest holes on the course. The 7th is a short par 3. It is guarded by a deep bunker on the right and a small bunker on the left. There is also a run-off on the right side. Anything not on the green makes it a tough up and down. The 8th hole is a driveable par 4 for the long hitters, it is guarded by three bunkers and if you miss left or right you are in trouble. The safe play is a mid-iron to the fairway and a short club to the green. The 9th hole is the signature hole on the course. With a nice view from the elevated tee towards the fairway. With mountains covered in snow in the background makes it a treat for the eye. The tee shot is over water, tho it is possible to lay up short for a longer approach. Out of bounds on the right and trouble on the left makes it difficult enough if you’re a bit off.
The course is a nine-hole course with two different tees. One on the front and one on the back which makes it a par 72 with 18 holes. Some of the holes a shorter and some of the holes are longer on the back nine. It makes the course a though test for golfers on all levels. The course record is held by Jakob Stubhaug, a Norwegian junior national team member. The course record is 67, so it is not just a walk in the park.
Sunnfjord GK | Would I play it again?
Well, I am a bit biased since this is my home course. But I would absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to play golf in beautiful surroundings. You could combine it with fishing in the river which runs past the course or go hiking in the beautiful mountains surrounding the course.