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Snow blindness, frigid temperatures, polar bears—not exactly everyone's idea of a relaxing round of golf. But at the Spitsbergen Open, these hazards are par for the course. The tournament, which takes place April 10-14 on the remote Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, some 1,000 km south of the North Pole, is open to professional and amateur golfers from anywhere in the world. Up to 34 competitors will play on a nine-hole green—or rather, white—built on a frozen fjord off the island of Spitsbergen. Temperatures can drop to –30°C in April, so players have to tee off in the type of gear...

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