There’s more to golf than fairways

There’s more to golf than fairways

Finnair first officer Jari Pietilä shares five tips for planning a golf holiday on or off the greens.


Sneak in a side trip

I suggest visiting destinations that also offer activities other than golf. Look into hotels with deals for nearby golf courses (some even offer an unlimited golf package)!

Midnight sun golf

Although the golf season is quite short in Finland, we make the most of it while it lasts. This means playing golf around the clock during the summer.

Five-star links

My favourite golf destinations are in the United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. The UAE boasts several five-star courses, while the golf courses in New Zealand range from smaller countryside courses all the way to five-star cliff-top courses.

Sheep on the North Island of New Zealand

Bring your own

Rental clubs can be pricey (and you never know what set you get) so if you plan to play more than a single round then it’s smart to take your own clubs. I highly recommend a proper travel cover to keep your precious clubs safe throughout the flight.

Flying with clubs

When you book your Finnair flight, check your baggage allowance – golf equipment is considered one piece of baggage. The maximum weight is 23 kilograms and comprises a set of clubs, bag, and shoes.

Aerial photo of Queenstown Golf Club in New Zealand


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