Falsterbo and its surrounding area have long been a summer vacation spot for Swedes. This explains why the golf club was founded in 1909, and is the third oldest of the country. Since 1920 there has also been a major international horse show and competition in Falsterbo every summer, so if you want to go there mid-July, accommodation might be scarce.
Falsterbo GK is a very popular golf course in the summer, as evidenced by the green fee which goes from SKR 450 in the winter (yes, at the southern tip of Sweden and on the coast, you can play all year as a rule of thumb) to SKR 1200 from end June to mid-August, and the latter price is a hefty one anywhere, and in Sweden especially. It is definitely worth the price though.
When I first arrived at the end of the small road leading to Falsterbo and walked to the clubhouse, I first noticed the long row of tiny little seahouses lining the sea side of the driving range. Then I noticed that the small flags on the putting green are pretty unusual: the flagpole is made of wood, not metal or plastic. This golf course immediately looked like a place with traditions and families, and the clubhouse itself, a black-painted wooden building with a weather vane made of the initials FGK, reinforced my impression. Everything inside went very smoothly with a very friendly staff, and we were whisked to the first tee, just outside the clubhouse, where the starter met us, gave us a couple of hints, and off we went… to meet not only with a (mostly) very classic links golf course, but also with the weather links are famous for: soon after our tee off, the wind picked up, and then rain started to come in (not down, as it was going mostly sideways from the sea!). So our experience of Falsterbo was definitely complete, as exhilarating as it should be!
Some have said that the course is not totally a links course because the first three holes have trees, and the next three have water hazards, but I don’t think there is a strict law about that. The ground was definitely sandy and hard, even on the first few holes that are farthest from the sea, and it is not unusual to find marshes after the first rows of dunes. The bunkers have been overhauled over the years to the more “authentic” revetted links style, and the greens were progressively redesigned with more slopes, dips and speed. Pitching the green is often asking for trouble, it is better to pitch in front and let the ball release, “Scottish style”. Last but not least, even though the rough is still rough, the club has decided recently to thin it down a bit so players don’t waste too much time looking for balls, which in turn accelerates the pace of play.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself despite being pelted by rain during most of the round (but the fairways and greens held fast and hard), and loved the design, especially the 7th hole, a dog-leg par-four with a cluster of bunkers defending the green just in front of the clubhouse’s terrace; the 8th, a par-three with a big hollow on the left, close to a bunker, which will make the pin placement quite tricky; the 14th, a long par-three with the 1796 lighthouse in the background, and the last two holes of the course coming back to the clubhouse along the dune separating the beach from the golf course. The 18th hole is a shortish par-five with an exquisite green appearing to have been dug out of the sand dune.
The only trouble with this golf club is that the restaurant is too popular. Even with the strong weather we had on the course, there was no room for us to have lunch after the round, too many families there enjoying their Sunday lunch after a walk in the open maritime air of the peninsula!
Date: August 03, 2017