The World Ice Golf Championoship

by Catherine Marien
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The World Ice Golf Championship has been held on Greenland's first golf course, on a small island called Uummannaq, since 1999.
Golfers with a handicap of up to 36 are admitted to the tournament, which consists of a 36 hole-stroke competition played over two days.
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The first day the ice-golfers get the opportunity to acclimatize to the freezing weather conditions and get used to the layout of the course by competing in a 'Ryder Cup' style tournament, called The Niemann Cup, as a tribute to Mr. Arne Niemann, the founder of the Championship. For many of them it is also an opportunity to get introduced to golfing on ice.
Ice-golfers play with a red golf ball and greens are called "whites". Movements are a bit restricted by the thermal clothing and snow blindness may become a serious problem during the round. Clubs with graphite shafts are not usually recommended because they may shatter in the cold.
World Ice Golf Championship
 in Uummannaq, Greenland
Copyright: Photographer Matthew Harris & Greenland Tourism
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The nine-hole course is laid out afresh on the fjord ice every year, a week prior to the actual championship in March . Its shape is largely determined by the icebergs in the fjord.
World Ice Golf Championships, Uummannaq, Greenland
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Photos courtesy of the World Ice Golf Championship and Greenland Tourism -

The surface itself is very rough and variable, due to the layer of approx. 1-2 cm frozen "powder" that lies over the hard ice surface. As the course is shaped by movements in the pack ice and weather conditions, records cannot be beaten hole-by-hole, day-by-day or even event-by-event. 
World Ice Golf Championship, Uummannaq, Greenland
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