A world class course
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Pros: Lauste is a very challenging course long holes averaging 120 metres/400 feet. On the longest holes you can really bomb it, while you still have to stay technical. There are only five holes under 90 metres/300 feet.
The course offers a good variety of holes ranging from wide open to narrow ones in the woods. You will also have holes to throw downhill and uphill. The place itself is beautiful.
Most of the time grass is pretty well groomed and signs showing the way to next tee are clear. Tees tend to be of good quality. OB lines and mandos feel natural and they are well placed. Luck has very little to do with your score.
There is also a driving range with a length of 150 metres/500 feet.
Cons: Lauste is not at all suitable for very beginners. In theory, there are shorter alternative tees but they are not maintained. Some of the holes are a bit repetitive. For example of the 18 holes on the "field side" seven (4, 5, 7, 15, 16, 17, 19) call for a long anhyzer/turnover shot to begin with (RHBH).
If it has been rainy for a long time some holes will turn muddy. During the summer the place will have vipers although I have never seen one and they avoid humans.
There is no club house, nor are there toilets.
I believe the versatility and challenging nature of Lauste make this a world class course. It is well liked by many Finnish pro players and it is the home course of Seppo Paju. The par numbers are quite demanding and round played in par will give you a rating of 970-980.
2013 European Open preliminary was played in Lauste and there is good video footage of the final round: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3iQmrpPmyU
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Challenge and Stamina
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Pros: 24 holes which allow for many different ways to complete the course.
Very little congestion and waiting times at tees.
Can be reached by public transportation.
Only course I have played so far that has a driving range; it is in between holes 23 and 24.
Cons: Holes 5, 6 and 7 can be confusing. Hole 5 is long and you have to walk back close to its tee to start Hole 6; otherwise, you can walk easily to Hole 7 from Hole 5's basket.
The distances for each hole can be too long for certain players.
The course can be repetitive in terms of approach to baskets and terrain.
Other Thoughts: Overall, the course is fine and competitive, yet I wouldn't write that the course is fun. How many holes you play can affect the cons I listed.
Holes 9, 11, 15, 16 and 22 were my least favorite. The course starts off really great though.
For a first play-through I would recommend the following:
  [10 12 13 14] [17 to 21 23]
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