Links Golf is the original and best form of golf with golf courses near the ocean coast in hilly sandy areas with dunes, water traps, wind and other natural challenges. Links Golf originated in Scotland where golf courses were built on otherwise “useless” coastal tracts of land by the sea that could not be used for agriculture or building homes. The word link comes from the old Scottish word “hlinc” meaning rising ground or ridge. We now know that this type of land is priceless for its part in protecting the land, providing habitat to birds and other animals and preserving the environment. The links golf courses have unknowingly served the environment and been good for the earth.
In Finland the natural setting and terrain is perfect for exciting and challenging links golf courses. Finland is new to golf and there were few golf courses until the 1980s. It is not hard to find an excellent golf course in Finland now. Now there are over 100 and golf is played from May to September. Finland’s terrain is home to many links golf courses. Helsinki has such a golf course. Vuosaari, a links golf course in Helsinki has the type of rare structures such as Hell’s Bunker which pose a challenge to all who play that golf course.
Links golf courses also work well along lake shores where the similar land structure can pose an equal challenge. These golf courses protect the natural beauty of the lakes and provide recreation for cottagers and others who enjoy them. Visit our Lake Land Links website for more information. Whether you live near an ocean or fresh water lake there may be a golf course near you that has the links golf course qualities that are best for the sport.