Lofoten Links: Coolest golf club with hottest light show on earth

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Players at Lofoten Links in Norway can play 24-hours a day in summer

The stunning course is located 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle

It boasts proximity to the Northern Lights as well as rich Viking heritage

CNN  — 

For many players, part of golf’s charm lies in getting away from it all.

If that sounds appealing, then Norway’s Lofoten Links, 100 miles north of the Arctic Circle, could be just the place for you.

Not only does the course boast a rich Viking heritage, plentiful nature and a near perfect setting to glimpse the Northern Lights, its location also means for two months in summer golfers can play all day and all night.

No wonder it’s been dubbed the “coolest golf club in the world.”

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Stunning course boasts 24-hour tee times
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“Everything is here,” two-time major champion Suzann Pettersen told CNN’s Living Golf show of the links.

“It’s fresh, it’s untouched. It’s just peaceful. In one way you want to keep it a hidden spot but at the same time you would love to showcase it to the world.”

Located on Gimsoy Island, 285 miles along the coast from the city of Tromso, Lofoten offers summer packages with tee times starting at either midnight or 1am.

The area is said to be home to the mythical Viking chieftan Tore Hjort, and two tombs that date back to that era can be seen from the course.

A paradise for bird watchers it utilizes the sea and its beaches as natural defenses.

One of the most famous faces in the world of women’s golf, Pettersen is an ambassador for Lofoten, which has been nominated as one of the best new courses in 2015 by the World Golf Awards.

The 34-year-old’s prowess takes her all around the globe – she’s going for a third major title at the Evian Championship in France that starts Thursday – but she retains a strong bond with her homeland.

“I feel very proud to have the fjords and mountains,” she explained. “It’s unique. When people talk about Norway that’s what they first talk about.

“Just look at the scenery – it’s gorgeous. The sun is still up. You get so much more than just golf here, it’s an experience of raw nature. It’s a good place to recharge your batteries.”

After the season’s final major in Evian, Pettersen’s focus will switch to the Solheim Cup – the biennial battle between the United States and Europe.

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It will be her eighth appearance at the tournament; only England’s Laura Davies has competed more, with 12.

Pettersen has won three times, and played a crucial role in Europe’s successive victories in 2011 and 2013 – its first win on American soil.

“The Solheim has been a defining point of my career,” she said.

“I played my first in 2002 and I think then I realized I could take on the world stage. I felt like I had the guts to take it on in all matters.

“I had great guidance from the players at the time and I’ve been fortunate enough to play alongside some of the greatest female golfers ever. It’s just meant the world to me.”

A tearaway in her teenage years, Pettersen has a reputation as a fierce and steely competitor, something her Solheim Cup opponents can attest to.

After turning professional in 2000, she won her first major at the women’s PGA Championship seven years later, adding the Evian Championship in 2013.

“When I was younger I was always in trouble and I think that’s still in me,” she explained. “The older you get the better perspective you get on the golf as well.

“As a kid I used to have huge anger management problems on the golf course. I was not throwing golf clubs but I think as any kid you have your moments where you just lose it.

“I think you grow out of it. It’s a part of growing up playing golf, you learn the etiquette, manners and sportsmanship of the game.”

Despite spending a lot of her time across the Atlantic on the LPGA Tour, Pettersen is fiercely proud of her roots and is still mischievously competitive when it comes to her Scandinavian neighbors.

“We Norwegians are a little smarter than the Swedes,” she joked.

“The only thing they have against us is they have better golfers. We have the oil, the money, the coast – everything.