Losby Gods Golf Resort
Norway, Akershus, Oslofjord, Lorenskog
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Losby Gods - or Losby Manor, lies at the end of a country road that meanders through a peaceful scenery of fields and forest, yet only minutes away from downtown Oslo. The original estate dates back to the 16th century, when the three properties of Losby, Vestmork and Østmork merged together. Dedicated mainly to the timber trade, Losby Gods' history as a large estate originates in the mid 19th century, when the present manor house was built and the estate earned a reputation for its generous hospitality, attracting royalty and landed gentry for hunts and parties. Maintaining the estate's hospitality tradition, Losby Gods is today a modern conference hotel with a historical soul and Norway's premier golf resort.
Activities on and around the estate include hiking, biking, riding, fishing or hunting amidst the gorgeous wooded countryside, and of course golf. In peaceful, secluded surroundings, Losby Gods is a perfect golf retreat, boasting its own championship course and lying within half an hour drive from some other fine layouts such as the vintage Oslo Golf Club, Norway's oldest course, and the brand new Miklagard Golf, Robert Trent Jones II first design in the country.
Losby Golf feature two courses; the Østmork 18 hole championship course and the Vestmork nine holler, both designed by reputed Swedish golf architect Peter Nordwall. The championship Østmork course blends seamlessly in the pristine landscape along the meandering path of a river that runs through the estate and comes into play on many holes. This historic and natural setting, combined with the size and quality of greens and fairways makes Østmork one of the finest golf venues in Norway. A true recognition for Losby was playing host to the 2007 SAS Masters, an event of the European LPGA tour.
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Losby Gods Manor
The old manor house dates back to 1850 and was fully restored to host the dining and banqueting facilities. Adjacent to the original building is a new wooden building, built in traditional Norwegian style and hosting the guestrooms and a modern conference centre. Accommodation comprises 70 rooms and suites, all individually decorated and furnished in classical style while enjoying soothing views over the estate forest and golf course.
Losby Gods' restaurant is reputed for its wine cellar and herbs garden, supplying fresh ingredients to its much acclaimed cuisine. Set in the old manor house, the restaurant and its four dining lounges oozes a timeless atmosphere, where memorabilia, panelled walls and earthenware stove combine to create a warm setting of understated elegance.
Affiliated to Historic Hotels in Norway
Holder of the Norwegian Heritage "Olavsrosa" distinction
70 Rooms & Suites (65 Doubles + 4 Conference suites + 1 Master suite)
All rooms have two beds, DDL phone, WiFi (WLAN), satellite TV, minibar and trouser press
Guestrooms overlooking either Losby forests or the golf course
Affiliated to Chaîne des Rotisseurs • 4 Dining lounges • Breakfast, lunch and dinner • Bar
Conferences & Banquets
12 Meeting, Conference and Banqueting rooms (27 to 150 sqm) accommodating 6 to 160 persons • WiFi • Full conference and banqueting supporting services
2 Tennis Courts • Hiking tracks • Hunting and fishing possibilities • Canoe & Bike rental
Losby Gods Golf Club
The club is opened to visitors, who will nevertheless be required an official handicap of 28 for men and 36 for ladies to play the championship course. Losby has a nice clubhouse with full facilities, including The Mulligan Bar and the Uppard & Lloyd Golf Shop - the latter also run the Uppard & Lloyd Golf Academy at Losby. The two courses are complemented by a 72 bay floodlit driving range, two putting greens and a short game area. The driving range is open to all players, but due to capacity control, the greens and short game areas are reserved for the club members and their guests. There is also an indoor golf training centre.
• Ostmork Course
Peter Nordwall (1999) 18 holes - 7,045 yds - Par 72
Named after one the three historic estate that forms Losby Gods, this championship course lies in a picturesque valley on Losby Estate. Peter Nordwall has cleverly planned the layout to include the natural elements of woodland, sand and water to challenge all levels of golfer. The course offers a great variation, with holes running alternately through parkland and woodland surroundings. Certain holes require sheer strength while others are designed to reward accuracy.
• Vestmork Course
Peter Nordwall (1999) 9 holes - 2,374 yds - Par 33
Named after one the three historic estate that forms Losby Gods, this nine hole course offers a neat and well planned layout with a higher level of accessibility to the higher handicappers. The design challenges all golfers via a varied use of terrain and hazards. The course is built with the same level of quality than the championship course but with slightly smaller greens and playing areas. It is Losby Golf intention to offer an extended playing season without the use of provisional or winter greens, all the way to the first snow falls of winter.
Walking courses only - No buggies
• Practice Facilities
Driving range (open to visitors)
2 Putting greens and short game area (reserved for members)
• Indoor Golf Centre
Golf simulator, snooker, dartboard, large screen TV with sport channels, sportsbar (Open October till May)
Golf in Oslo
• Oslo Golf Club
Club Members (1924) 18 holes - 6,722 yds - Par 72
Norway's oldest course, the course at Oslo Golf Club was built by club members in 1924, but recently restyled. The layout stretches on densely undulated, wooded terrain, although the trees are more intimidating than a real threat, except on the several doglegs. Surrounded by a lake on two sides, water hazards are nevertheless kept to a minimum and the lake itself only comes into play on a few holes, such as the 16th, a par 3 with a carry from the tee over an arm of Lake Bogstad. There are some dangerous out of bounds as well. Otherwise, difficulties are evenly spread around this well balanced course, where difficult holes nicely alternate with easier ones. The greens are large, sometimes elevated and in general well guarded. As Oslo's major club, the course can get pretty busy on nice summer days, so that visiting players are best advise to book their time times before making the trip to the club.
• Miklagard Golf
a PGA European Tour Courses Ltd
Robert Trent Jones II (2002) 18 holes - 6,862 yds - Par 72
Designed by famous golf architect Robert Trent Jones Junior, Miklagard Course is target golf at its best, an open parkland layout with high rough, water hazards, deep bunkers and extremely fast and large greens. The natural topography is sometimes accentuated, creating all sorts of lies and slopes. However, Mr. Jones has skilfully blended this "aggressive" New World styling with the Old World Norwegian landscape, which has lost none of its charm and presence. A magnificent course in pristine surroundings, where careful attention has been paid to detail and maintenance. The course is maintained to very high standards throughout the playing season, which runs from May to October, and has been chosen as the venue for the Canon Pro Series, featuring top players of the PGA European Tour such as Ian Woosnam and Tony Johnstone.
• Moss & Rygge Golf Club
Jeremy Turner (2000) 18 holes - 6,642 yds - Par 72
On the eastern shore of Oslofjord, between Moss and Fredrikstad, Moss & Rygge Golf Club enjoy a beautiful location on Evje Herregard historic estate. The club was founded in 1991 as Moss Golfklubb, later to become Moss & Rygge Golfklubb for its location on the Rygge commune, just south of Moss. Works on the golf course would not start until 1995 due to long and tough negotiation with the local authority for its location on a protected estate of natural and archaeological interest. This newly built 18 hole championship course, known as "Evje Golfpark" for its location on Evje Herregard estate, extends through lush parkland, openland and woodland down to the shore of the Evjesund sound, an arm of the Oslofjord. The layout was designed by British born Jeremy Turner, a reputed architect working mostly in Scandinavia and with some twenty courses under his belt.
• Tyrifjord Golf Club
Jean Sederholm & Tor Eia (1994) 18 holes - 416 yds - Par 72
Tyrifjord Golf Club enjoys a magnificent island location on the scenic Tyrifjord lake, thirty minutes north of Oslo. Tyrifjord lake is a beautiful stretch of water with superb opportunities for swimming, angling and boating. With its 134 square kilometres, it is Norway's fifth largest lake. The surrounding mountains provide a scenic backdrop to the lake. Extending across the entire Storoya island, the golf course is worth the walk on its own, offering breathtaking views across the lake to the mountainous background. Designed with a good landscaping sense by reputed Swedish architect Jan Sederholm in collaboration with its Norwegian colleague Tor Eia, the layout is a hilly parkland/woodland layout with several holes running along the very shores of the lake. Tyrifjord is the annual venue of the Norwegian national final of the BMW Golf Cup International, the world's largest amateur golf tournament.
Losby Gods is an ideal base to discover Oslo, a short drive away. The lively capital of Norway lies in a remarkable setting at the head of the Oslo Fjord, Norway's largest and southernmost fjord. Extending from the shores of the Oslo Fjord to the Holmenkollen ridge, the city limits encompass unexpected large wooded areas and with a population of just over 700.000, it is a stressless yet lively capital. Oslo is made for walking and all major landmarks can be covered on foot. The world famous Holmenkollen National Ski Stadium, venue of the 1952 Winter Olympics, makes Oslo a full winter resort. Yet it is just as much a summer resort, when boating and hiking became the favourite activities
Founded in 1050, Oslo became the capital of Norway in 1299 and fall under the dominance of the Hanseatic League in the 14th century, a powerful merchant league dominating the trade in the Baltic and the North Sea. The city modern growth dates back to the 19th century, when it replace Bergen as the country's main trade and shipping centre. In 1814, Norway separated from Denmark and united with Sweden, a union that lasted until 1905 and the full independence of the country. During this period, most of the city's landmarks were built, including the Royal Palace, the House of Parliament, the University, the National Theatre and the National Gallery.
Oslo is made for walking and one can walk all the way along Karl Johans Gate, the city's main street, from the Cental Station to the Royal Palace. Except for excursions to Bygdoy peninsula and Holmenkollen ridge, all Central Oslo's attractions and landmarks can be covered on foot. Sightseeing in the centre includes the Edvard Munch Museum, showcasing the works of Scandinavia's greatest artist who painted "The Scream", although the later is displayed in the National Gallery, containing the largest collection of modern art in Norway. Another famous Oslo citizen is playwright Ibsen, whose last residence has been turned into a museum. The Town Hall area is the city's liveliest place, in particular in summer with its numerous cafes and terraces on Oslo's harbour, filled with pleasure yachts, fishing trawlers, cruising ships, charter boats and ferries to Oslo's Fjord several islands.
The West End district is Oslo's trendy area, graced with some of the city's finest hotels, bars and restaurants. A bit further away on the western edge of the city, the Vigeland park is one of its kind in the world, displaying over two hundreds monumental sculptures by Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943), who worked on this creation for over twenty years.
On the western outskirts as well, the Bygdoy peninsula is a pleasant residential district known as the "Peninsula Museum" for its five remarkable museums. These are the Norwegian Folk Museum, an open air venue illustrating the wooden architecture of Norway, the Viking Ship Museum, sheltering three original Viking ships, the Fram Museum, devoted to the polar vessel "Fram" used by Nansen and Amundsen in their Arctic expeditions, the Kon-Tiki Museum, illustrating the voyages of Thor Heyerdahl in the Pacific, and the Norwegian Maritime Museum. The Bygdoy peninsula can be reached by public transport, but it is better reached by boat from Oslo harbour directly across the bay and passing by Akershus Slott, a medieval fortress and Renaissance castle guarding the entrance of the harbour.
Address & Contact
Lorenskog, Oslo wooded otskirts
20 km. SE of Oslo
Oslo International Airport Gardermoen (GEN), 40 km.
Hotel: All year
Golf: May to October
Northern Atlantic, tempered by the Gulf Stream. Few hours of daylight in Winter / Extensive hours of daylight during the Summer solstice(June/July)