Santa Claus Golf Club

Santa Claus Golf Club

The Golf Club of Rovaniemi – Arctic Golf Finland ry – was founded on the frozen Kemijoki river in 1986. During the first years, golf in Rovaniemi was played in arctic conditions, after the name of the club, at winter golf courses built of snow on the frozen river. Only a few years later, the first summer golf course of six fairways and the practise area was build on Saarenkylä.

In 1997, a new 9-hole golf course was opened in Ounasvaara. Pekka Sivula is the designer behind the original Ounasvaara Golf Park. Lassi Pekka Tilander is the designer of the 9-hole extension that completed the full 18-hole golf course in 2011.

The main season of golf at the Arctic Circle is today summer, but we also enjoy winter golf at the spring time at the winter golf course of Ounasvaara Golf Park. As the golf club of the official Hometown of Santa Claus the name of the club was changed to Santa Claus Golf Club in 2017. Santa Claus Golf Club is one of the largest sports clubs in Rovaniemi. There are about 800 members in the club from 5 year olds to 85.

As a member of Santa Claus Golf Club ry (SantaGC) you enjoy:

  • Benefits of the Golf Association: eBirdie membership and handicap card, accident and liability insurance, Golf Magazine and other benefits of the union
  • Membership Benefits of the Club: NexGolf Online Booking, member events, competitions and training
  • Benefits of Arctic Golf Ltd.: Reduced Prices for members, a Green Fee discount on the nearby golf courses
  • Benefits of Affiliates: Possible Discounts from Partners

If you wish to become a member of the club, please contact the caddiemaster ([email protected], +358 (0)200 30200).


The club’s activities are divided into four committees: junior, competition, club and senior committees. We wish everyone who wants to join the club’s activities welcome! Just contact the committee chairman.

Junior Committee
The committee organizes, among others, fundraising to support junior activities.

Chairman Erkki Kelhä
Tel. +358 (0)40 594 4967

Competition Committee
The committee is responsible for the club’s competions, among others the club championships.

Chairman Kari Plosila
Tel. +358 (0)40 538 5324

Club Committee
The committee organizes various events and is also involved in organizing the biggest competiotions.

Chairman Sirpa Torvinen
Tel. +358 (0)40 5818 415

Senior Committee
The committee organizes activities for the seniors, such as competitions, events and journeys. In addition, seniors are active at voluntary work.

Chairman Ismo Lahtela
Tel. +358 (0)40 7267 957


Chairman of the Board
Asko Hirvisalo
[email protected]
Tel. +358 (0)400 245 155

Members of the Board
Ismo Lahtela (Vice Chairman)
Kari Plosila
Sirpa Torvinen
Erkki Kelhä
Heidi Puranen
Pertti Huhtanen
Ville Alenius (Captain)
Tarja Konstig (Lady Captain)

Executive Director
Pekka Kankaanranta
[email protected]
+358 (0)40 529 4160