Hole 18 – Jäkälämutka

The biggest rivers of Kuusamo, River Kitka and River Oulanka, come together at Jäkälämutka (Lichen curve), next to the Russian border. As the player gets closer to the club house this rather easy par 3 comes into view. A good drive should be enough for a birdie spot. However, the big green...

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Hole 17 – Tiirikaiset

The eight hole is called Tiirikaiset. Ritva and Auvo Tiirikainen were members 1 and 2 at the Ruka Golf Ry, the club which preceded Kuusamo Golf Ry. Both have since left us and this hole is named after them in honour of their memory. Ritva and Auvo’s contribution was remarkable for the...

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Hole 16 – Kiutaköngäs

Kiutaköngäs is more than a 100 metres long series of rapids in River Oulanka. An interesting par 4 bends left after the drive. On the left side of the fairway is a bunker ready to catch drives. The approach has to go a bit uphill. Bunkers around the green are waiting for shots trying to...

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Hole 15 – Oulanka

Oulanka is a national park founded in 1956. The area has been known for its beauty since the 19th century when it was a popular destination for artists and naturalists. This is a very challenging hole for those teeing off the whites and yellows while the red tee offers a 120 metre advantage....

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Hole 14 – Sinipyrstö

Sinipyrstö (red-flanked bluetail) (Tarsiger cyanurus) is a rare bird of the Old World flycatcher family. It attracts numerous bird enthusiasts to Kuusamo annually. The hole is a long-hitters dream. A long par 4 with space to spare. A receiving bunker can be found behind the green. Par 4...

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Hole 13 – Juuma

Juuma is a scenic village in Northern Kuusamo. At Juuma the River Kitka widens into Lake Juuma. A good drive over the bog makes it easier to achieve a good score on this challenging par 5. The safe choice is to go around the wetlands and aim to the right. Naturally the detour adds metres...

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Hole 12 – Jyrävä

Jyrävä is a nine-metre waterfall in River Kitka near Juuma. Guarded by bunkers this par 3 requires an accurate shot. Wind from the pond adds challenge to the choice of club since it is virtually undetectable on the teeing ground. A good mid-iron shot to the middle of the green is rewarded...

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Hole 11 – Neidonkenkä

Neidonkenkä (Calypso bulbosa) (“maids shoe” is a flower of the orchid family, indigenous to the northern taiga. It is extremely rare and protected in Finland. Opening a bit right of the centre offers a good spot from which to approach the flag on this challenging par 4. A water...

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Hole 10 – Ristikallio

The back nine begins at Ristikallio. Ristikallio is a gorgeous rock formation in the River Oulanka. It is situated at the beginning of the Karhunkierros Trail (Kathunkierros = Bear Trail) in Northern Kuusamo near the Salla border. Viewed from the tee box the hole appears to be a clear par...

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Hole 09 – Kotiinpaluu

Kotiinpaluu means homecoming in Finnish. As the evacuees of Kuusamo returned home at the end of 1944 they discovered their hometown almost completely destroyed. The retreating German Army had also burned several small villages and bridges nearby. Despite difficulty and penury the reconstruction...

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