Founded in 1931, Djursholms Golfklubb developed its golf facility over time to eventually produce an 18-hole main layout and a 9-hole short course. Canadian Bob Kains renovated the entire operation between 2002 and 2007, upgrading the green complexes on every hole.
Just over a decade later, Caspar Grauballe was called in to upgrade the layout and, in the words of the club’s website “in the spring of 2021, our 18-hole course was ready after an extensive rebuild. The ambitions were high to lift the classic golf course from 1931 out of its Sleeping Beauty sleep and the result is nothing short of brilliant, if we may say so ourselves.”
Casper Grauballe was interviewed in golfcoursearchitecture.net and had this to say about the project:
“I was asked to create a plan with the intention of replacing the grass on the greens. It became apparent that creating the character of the course was just as important as improving the surfaces. We took inspiration from the 1930s courses with flashed sand faces on the bunkers and redeveloping the green surrounds to look more like push-up greens.
It was decided to carry out all the work on the 18-hole course in a single season. This was an ambitious goal, as the work included four new greens, fourteen greens to be re-turfed, all new green surrounds, greenside bunkers, and a new irrigation system. For golfers, the change will be dramatic. It is amazing how it is possible to change the character of a hole while keeping the old green.”