Barsebäck (Masters) - Sweden

Barsebäck Golf & Country Club,
Klubbhusvägen 5,
246 55 Löddeköpinge,
Sweden


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  • Per Lindroth

  • Ture Bruce

  • Christian Härdin


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Situated on the west coast of Sweden lies the world renowned Barsebäck Golf & Country Club. With two championship courses, there’s no shortage of great golf to be had at Barsebäck.

The Masters course itself is a bit of a brute but the 2003 European Solheim Cup team led by Swede Catrin Nilsmark tamed it. Catrin (who was the youngest ever European Solheim Cup captain) led Europe to a dramatic victory over the USA (17½ 10½). No doubt Catrin will always have fond memories of Barsebäck.

It’s a varied and interesting layout which starts off by meandering through well-cleared undulating woodland. At the par three 8th there is a dramatic topography change with its elevated tee providing a clear view of the task at hand. Your tee shot must reach the sanctuary of the small green, but first you must carry the lake and secondly you must not let the sea view backdrop disturb your concentration. From here on in it’s fun with a capital “F”. The next three holes are played hard alongside the Öresund and you’ll need your best seaside game intact to score well before heading into the deep pine forest for the closing holes.

Undeniably the Masters course at the Barsebäck Golf & Country Club, which was originally laid out by Ture Bruce in 1969, is tough. The greens are fast and true and the test is varied and immensely challenging, especially when stretched to an eye-watering 7,729 yards from the tips.

The club has hosted the Scandinavian Masters (now called the Nordea Masters) on multiple occasions, with winners including Colin Montgomerie, Adam Scott and Luke Donald. Additionally, Barsebäck is the home club of 2016 Open Champion Henrik Stenson, who was made an Honorary Member in 2007.

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Will you like Barsebäck?

I think it very much depends on what kind of golf you prefer. Most Swedish golfers are brought up on parkland courses, or woodland courses which play as parkland rather than heathland. Most pro golf tournaments are also played on parkland courses, so many tour pros tend to prefer this kind of target golf, where they feel more in control than on windswept links or heathland courses where a bogey is just a poor bounce away.

However, for those of us who love nothing better than firm and fast turf, Barsebäck tends to disappoint as it does not really offer the heathland/links golf the site looks capable of. Therefore, if you plan your first outing to the region and your golfing taste is close to mine, put Falsterbo and PGA Links on top of your list instead.

All that said, it is a very capable championship layout which often is in very good condition. If you watch the European Tour regularly you may want to see to how the pros tackle the course 1-4 June, 2017, when the Nordea Scandinavian Masters comes to Henrik Stenson’s home course.

April 20, 2017


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The three oldest reviews for the Masters awarded the course a 6-ball mark, which would indicate it’s a world class layout. The most recent 4-ball review (and the response from Louis Roren) is nearer the mark, in my opinion, because it’s a good course, but not great.

It doesn’t really get going for me until the 6th hole, doglegging right and uphill to a nicely contoured green. The par three 8th is more than a little contrived, forcing the routing down to the coastline, where the next three links like holes are played in splendid isolation.

Barseback (Masters) Golf Course - Photo by reviewer

I liked the cross bunkers on the right doglegged 11th but didn’t think these seaside holes really complemented what had gone before or what was still to come. I liked the heavily sand protected green on the par five 16th and that was about it, I’m afraid!

The idea of a parkland/seaside/woodland course is rather unique, I’ll grant you, but the sum of the parts didn’t really add up for me, to be honest, and I’d say the Masters course currently punches above its weight in the current national rankings (though it’s not alone in that regard).

The clubhouse and overnight accommodation facilities were excellent (even if it’s a quite a walk from one to the other) and I’ll always remember the roars from the club members when the Iceland football team scored their two goals against England during the European Championships on the large screen TV in the lounge that evening.

It’s just a pity the golf wasn’t as exciting earlier on the same day…

Jim McCann

July 25, 2016


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Surprised at the previous scores for this course. Thought the opening stretch pretty ordinary, the seaside section interesting but out of kilter with the rest of the course. Some very nice pine tree lined holes to finish. Nice, but not that good.
October 23, 2014


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Louis Roren
June 05, 2015
Played Barseback for the first time this week. I quickly concluded that this course must have seen better days judging from the hype and previous ratings. Playing both courses at Vasatorp and Vallda further north the same week, I have some sound basis for my conclusion. Those 3 were in far better condition than B. Layoutwide I was not all that taken either. A disappointment.
Just played Master course and Donald Steel on Friday and Halmstad North/South on Saturday. The Masters Course was in great condition. Fairways were like thick carpets and the greens were fast. The course was often watered so is was in great conditon far better than Tylosand in Halmstad. The Donald Steel were in avarage shape and layout, but the Masters was truly magnificient and on par with Valderrama conditon wise - the rest is a matter of personal opinion.
July 07, 2008


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Barseback Master course is a brilliant course with a great variety. The majority of the holes are in the pine forest, where tall, mature pines are surrounding the fairways. Here the main hazard is the trees. The rough is short in most places, and they only have branches in the top – so it is easy to find your ball. After seven holes, the course suddenly comes out into the open. Four holes along the sea give a great variety to the course, along with some fresh sea air after being in the forest. The Masters course is long, even played from the yellow club tees. The greens are in excellent condition and very fast. The fairways are also short and in excellent condition. This course is surely good. If you are looking for a less crowded course, try the Donald Steel, which is shorter, but more narrow.
May 21, 2008


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We play 5 days every september and that is the best week of the year. Since they established the masters course, it's always been in great shape. The course layout is fantastic. Some of the holes sticks in your memory, especially the 8:th and 17:th. My only remark would be that some of the tees are a bit uneven.
August 25, 2007


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