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Snow blindness, frigid temperatures, polar bearsnot 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 greenor rather, whitebuilt on a frozen fjord off the island of Spitsbergen. Temperatures can drop to 30C in April, so players have to tee off in the type of gear...

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