Frozen birdies but no polar bears allowed

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  1. golfmom

    golfmom Former Member

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    http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1503&e=16&u=/afp/norwayarcticgolf

    OSLO (AFP) - With warm parkas, orange balls and rifles to keep polar bears at bay, golfers teed off this week in an ice-breaking tournament in the Svalbard islands near the North Pole, organizers said on Thursday.


    With temperatures dropping as low as minus 28 degrees Celsius (minus 18 Fahrenheit) with wind chill, six golfers bundled up to do battle for the first Spitsbergen Open world ice golf trophy -- a crystal polar bear -- on an Arctic green that was, well, more white than green.



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    The tournament was played with orange golf balls, which are easier to spot in the snow, and under the protection of an armed guard -- local regulations stipulate that a rifle must be carried at all times outside residential areas.


    "The polar bears were most noted for their absence," organisers said, not without a sigh of relief.

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  3. Jeana (DP)

    Jeana (DP) Former Member

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    "Warm parkas and orange balls"????? Sounds like most of the boys in my Anchorage, Alaska jr. high. :waitasec: :waitasec: :waitasec:
     
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    Timex Retired WS Staff

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    geez, and Scott thought it was "too cold to play golf" in Modesto!
     
  5. Casshew

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    LOL ~ Paul has played in pretty cold weather here... but not that cold :doh:

    No bears on his course, but plenty of coyotes
     

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