At Arlandastad Golf you will find two quality golf courses. The Masters course was the venue for The Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour in 2007 and 2008 and has hosted several other professional tournaments over the years.
As the name implies, the facility is located near Stockholm's main Arlanda airport and those that have passed the club on their way to central Stockholm might be surprised when they get to play the course. Although there are no major elevation changes, there are sufficient gentle rolls and swells to the landscape to make the round both challenging and pleasant.
Standing on the 1st tee, you get the impression of what awaits you, two scenic ponds guard the right side, and a single well placed bunker to the right of the landing zone will put some pressure on the opening drive, or maybe an iron off the tee is a the more conservative option?
Water features have been incorporated as a central element on most of the holes and these aquatic hazards are paired with careful bunkering, The Masters course offer a fine test of your course management skills. From the tips it measures 6,200 meters, which might seem short for a tournament course, but with par set at 70, it’s a real challenge.
The Masters course is a fine parkland track, and although it is located close to the airport and the motorway, you will probably be so engrossed in figuring out your next shot that you won't notice the transport infrastructure.
Maybe after enjoying a fine lunch in the pleasant clubhouse, a round on Arlandastad’s New course may be considered? If so, you’ll find the second course a little shorter and more links-like in character.
My expectations were set quite low as the previous review on Top100 was not the only negative data point I had. However, if you can ignore the motorway and aircraft noise (not worse than at Walton Heath and Royal Mid-Surrey respectively) and come with your swing fine-tuned on the first tee this course has a lot of positives, including a choice of strategy for many tee-shots.
I played from the back tees (very questionable choice in a three-club wind) and could hit driver on most par 4s. Next time I will not use driver on the 1st, 6th and the 10th and on quite a few more holes if I play from the yellow tees.
Another plus is that the course played firm and fast, although looking at divots I suspect that is not the case throughout the season. Greens were firm and rolled true, but I did not come across many putts that were difficult to read.
Generally, I feel that this course has quite a few of elements of U.S. target golf (lots of water in the line of play, greens requiring aerial attack) while playing firm and fast like an English heathland course in summer. The fairway bunkers epitomise this split personality: white crushed marble sand, but framed by pretty wispy fescues. Hopefully, other visitors do not mind or those in charge make a decisive move in one direction or the other.
Not close to the best courses in the region (Bro Hof, Ullna and Royal Drottningholm) but hard to say that those currently ranked just above (Vidbynäs South, Kallfors, Upsala) are a lot better.
In terms of your next round here, why not do what I did today: leave one of your loved ones at the airport, check if the booking sheet looks empty and go straight there for a quick three-hour round? Very hard to get the latter at my home club, unless I tee it up before 7am.
Well what should i say about that course. No idea why it is rated as the 31th best course in sweden?! and no idea how a european tour event could took place there. you play golf in the approach path of the airport of arlandastad (that means every few minutes is a aircraft above you) and right next to the much used motorway. that allone would not be a criteria for a golfcourse. but: designwise on the first 5 holes you will play 3 Par 3s`. the other holes are quite boring as well. Maintenance was much worse than on the other courses in the region. only the greens were quite good. in combination with a greenfee that is on the upper end of the range you will pay in that region i have to say that Arlandastad is not worth playing there. sorry for the negative review