Odense Golf Club

Golf set from Odense Golfklub, established in 1927. The golf set is now kept at Møntergården in Odense. Photo: Ole Lund Jensen.


Odense Golf Club, established 1927. Unofficial power no longer unfolds in clubs and lodges as it did previously. But informal networks are still important for politicians and business people. Many important agreements are made on the golf course.

Who rules Funen? During the 19th century, the people of Funen had more influence on the local government. In the market towns, leading merchants were elected and, in the country, major farmers gained more power with the establishment of parish councils in 1841. During the next 100 years, still more people were given the right to vote at municipal elections including small landowners, domestic servants and, from 1909, women, too.
Unofficial power It was not just the establishment that influenced Odense and the city’s development. Elitist circles of rich merchants and tradesmen have exerted great influence throughout the entire history of the city. They were organised into societies and associations such as lodges, shooting clubs, etc. One of these was Odense’s Fraternal Angling Society which was established in 1818 for the city’s top people and officials.
This location is part of the exhibition 'Funen – at the centre of the universe', at Møntergården in Odense. Read more about the exhibition on our website.