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Båstad (Gamla)

Båstad, Skåne län
Båstad, Skåne län
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Mention Båstad to Swedes and they most likely think of tennis. The red clay courts in the middle of the pretty seaside town have seen many of the best players in the world on that surface battle it out during the annual ATP tournament in July.

In fact, both the tennis courts and Båstad Golfklubb’s Old course were initiatives by local hotelier Ludvig Nobel (yes, a nephew of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel prizes). The golf course came into in existence after Mr Nobel, ever eager to meet the demands of his British guests, had hired a taxi to take them 150 kms south to Falsterbo to play golf!

It was also a British firm, Hawtree & Taylor, which designed Båstad’s Old course, opened in 1930 at Boarp, five kilometers from the centre of Båstad. Unlike many other early designs in Sweden, large parts of this course are still in play more than 90 years later, albeit with a few tweaks to the playing order and two new holes, the long par 4s at the 7th and 8th.

Martin Hawtree and Caspar Grauballe from the same firm were responsible for the design of these two new holes, which came into play in 2009.

Roads, bunkers and out-of-bounds keep golfers on their toes in the beginning of the round where holes tend to be on the shorter side. Later in the round, longer par 4s at the 6th, 7th and 8th as well as the two par 5s at the 12th and 13th offer longer hitters chances to shine.

The reference point of the Old course is the old windmill which was moved there by Mr Nobel (to serve as a landmark no less!). This is where the course starts and where you also arrive after the 12th (originally the 9th) and the 15th, before coming back there at the finish. The 18th hole, at 526 meters, is the longest on the course and can offer a nail-biting finish to any match that’s still alive.

This article was kindly supplied by Gustav Öhman.

Mention Båstad to Swedes and they most likely think of tennis. The red clay courts in the middle of the pretty seaside town have seen many of the best players in the world on that surface battle it out during the annual ATP tournament in July.

In fact, both the tennis courts and Båstad Golfklubb’s Old course were initiatives by local hotelier Ludvig Nobel (yes, a nephew of Alfred Nobel, the founder of the Nobel prizes). The golf course came into in existence after Mr Nobel, ever eager to meet the demands of his British guests, had hired a taxi to take them 150 kms south to Falsterbo to play golf!

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