It was a bold move by Sweden’s Golf Digest Magazine to put the Stadium course at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club at the head of their 2007 biennial Top 50 Swedish golf course rankings. After all, the Stadium course only opened its tees for play on September 1, 2007.
“It must be this way,” said Golf Digest Sweden. “Bro Hof Slott is better than, or at least as good as, other Swedish courses in several of these aspects: layout, aesthetics, variation, length, atmosphere and clubhouse. And despite the fact that the course is new, even its condition is perfect.”
“I am happy and proud. It was brave of the jury to appoint us so soon after the opening” said the owner Björn Örås. Our goal was to create the best Swedish course. Reaching that goal during the first season gives us support to aim even higher. Our next goal is to have the best course in Europe” said Björn Örås.
The Stadium course is now well established and the second course at the club, called the Castle, opened for play in 2009. Clearly Bro Hof Slott has a very bright future, especially given that the Stadium course hosted five editions of the Scandinavian Masters tournament between 2010 and 2016.
Robert Trent Jones Jr. – commented as follows:
“Everything is big at Bro Hof! The holes are longer, the greens are bigger, the course has more water and the bunkers are larger and well placed. Besides which, the wind is always part of the game. On the dogleg holes you not only have to hit the balls a long way, you also have to get them to stop.
Mother Earth must have created this area for a golf course. All I had to do was to walk around this beautiful landscape and see where the holes would fit in. There was an enormous amount of land and a large wallet. If, in spite of everything, there wasn’t enough land, we could get more.”
Immaculate condition, stunning scenery and not a single forgettable hole. This is a course on a different level than the Swedish standard. Immense length, but given the ball finds the fairway, I gladly take another shot from the tight, luscious grass. Give it a go if your wallet allows it!
Well if you look at past reviews on this site of Bro Hof Slott I can't agree when some state that this is a RTJ course that you can find anywhere. First this is Swedens best golf course! And yes it is Americanised but whenever you play this course it is always top notch. I have played in excess of 200 rounds on the course and I am a member. And when the course is open it is always impeccably maintained. The greens, fairways and tee boxes are a pleasure to play on and as far as fairways come in Sweden there is only one course that can match the stadium course and that is the castle course. And the setting of this course is as good as it can get. Wind is a factor blowing from lake mälaren at times but it just enhances the experience. The clubhouse is by far the nicest in Sweden and the spa and locker room is what you would aspect. One of the coolest things is actually the drive in past the gate up to the castle.
As the course offers free range balls and an excellent driving range I can only recommend going there before your round. There is a good putting green located by the first set of tee boxes so try that out if you aren't used to a stimp of 11 or faster.
This is a course that is worth a visit. If you go to Stockholm and plan to play golf this is a must. If you go here I can also recommend the Castle course.
This reviews sums up perfectly why Bro Hof may be the best club in Sweden without being the best course. The two are quite different things.
Just another championship course
This review is written during the 2015 Solheim Cup. Bro Hof is one of two front-runners for the 2019 event. For this, the founder has floated the idea of including the 17th and 18th on the Castle Course as the two final holes in a layout that would enable a big on-course audience - much larger than in Germany - to see play live at all the last five holes, which would be three par 3s and two short par 4s, all including significant water in the line of play. For all the merits of Gleneagles, the other frontrunner, I think this proposal looks fantastic!
Now, you might be forgiven for thinking that this bears the same relation to your own enjoyment of golf as haute couture does to normal prêt-a-porter, i.e. great to watch, but no fun to try yourself. In fact, with the absence of the 17th, which is a straight imitation of the famous short hole at TPC Sawgrass, all the other finishing holes from 14 onwards are crackers which allow you to be as aggressive or as conservative as you like to be.
Statistics show that members of Bro Hof have an average handicap (12) way below that of the average Swedish golfer who is at 22. Why is this? Well, that is the drawback of this place. Few but the most accomplished golfers probably enjoy the long slog that is the first 13 holes. Even from the yellow tees there is not a single par 4 under 400 yards and only the 12th of the par 5s is remotely reachable in two for a normal hitter playing from yellow. The scratch player can actually try the 8000 yard black tees at Bro Hof’s Stadium Course to get the experience most ladies have from the red tees every day at their home course! So, does this mean you should not play the Stadium Course at Bro Hof unless you are a single-figure handicapper? No, just, for once, take the opportunity to play tees further forward that you normally do, and make sure your playing buddies do as well.
Another piece of advice, look carefully at the starting sheet before booking your time. If it looks busy, choose the Castle Course instead or pick another day. Not even this course will be enjoyable for over five hours!
I visited the Stadium Course in July 2017 and was completely underwhelmed.
Admittedly it was a very cool, supposedly summer's, day but the course played like a damp long slog on a flat and not particularly interesting layout.
Conditioning was very good but it was disappointing to see such an American looking course in Europe.
The short 17th with small island green looks like an afterthought when they found they were missing a hole.
It was definitely not worth the price and I would not play there again.
From the moment you arrive at Bro Hof Slott you know you are somewhere special. From the glistening lake Mälaren behind the Stadium course fairways to the white hilltop castle, the surroundings will take your breath away every time. The Stadium Course is a long and challenging lakeside course. From yellow tees the course sets up nicely for most golfers as long as the wind is not blowing too hard. The thick ruffs and elevated greens with runoffs will, however, punish errant drives and approach shots. Water comes in to play on most of the holes but the general open layout of the course still makes it quite friendly for the average golfer. But tee up from white (or black tees) and you are suddenly faced with a whole new set of challenges.
I would definately recommend a round on the Castle Course if you are visiting the club. It is very different in character but offers several spectacular holes and an overall experience which is perhaps better suited for the average golfer. The condition of both courses are superb, by any standards. Even in early May the fairways are in pristine condition. The greens often need another month to recover from the winter, but are generally also in very good condition already at the start of the season (typically first week in May). The clubhouse (castle from late 1800's) offers all the amenities one expects in a world-class facility: restaurant, club room, bar, large veranda, elegant dressing rooms, sauna, whirlpool, gym, etc. Everything built to highest standards. The Half-way house on the Stadium course also serves up exquisite "snacks" such as waffles with roe, as well as more traditional fare.
Now to the negatives. The course is a good 30-40 minute drive from the center of Stockholm so don't expect to get any business meetings in on the same day as you golf, unless you play a late afternoon round in the summer months. Play can be rather slow but several improvements have been made in 2011 to speed up play, but still expect 4:30-5 hour rounds at peak times as golfers seem to want to take their time enjoying the course. I have on several occassions had issues with the course workers as well (as others have commented below) but this has dissipated in the last few years, perhaps due to the maturing of the course but also probably as a result of new course management. Nonetheless, you are still likely to see a few groundskeepers around the course at certain times. Playing the Castle Course on a busy day you will also want to purchase drinks and snacks at the clubhouse as there is no on-course facility yet. There is a trolley that drives around but you are more likely to make a hole-in-one than to see it more than once on a busy day. Overall Bro Hof Slott GC is a fantastic golf destination and gives Sweden its first truly international golf facility. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.