Fanø - Denmark

Fanø Golf Links,
Golfvej 5,
6720 Fanø,

  • +45 76 66 00 77

  • Stephen Lassen

  • Robert Dunlop

  • None

It is generally accepted that the first Open played on the European continent was the French Open in 1906, won by Arnaud Massey at La Boulie. Not so, according to at least one historian of the Fanø Golf Club. 

The claim is that the Fanø course architect, Prestwick professional Robert Dunlop, won their inaugural Open (played to mark the opening of the course) five years earlier, in 1901. 

As there was no national golf association in existence at that time in Denmark, perhaps the assertion that this club Open was also a national championship is stretching things a little too far!  

William Keppie, from North Berwick, expanded the course to an 18-hole layout in 1930 – one year before the Danish Golf Union came into being – so it’s no surprise with these design influences that some think Fanø resembles an old fashioned Scottish links (even if there are no bunkers in play anywhere on the course). 

In 2001, four fairways were combined to form two holes and five new holes (7 to 11) were brought into play. 

Measuring a shade less than 5,600 yards, the out-and-back layout is routed in, around and over the sand hills that fashion the landscape on this part of Fanø Island. If you are a modern golfer who abhors blind tee and approach shots, bump-and-runs to contoured greens, back-to-back par threes and short par fours – eight of them under 315 yards – then Fanø is certainly not the place for you! 

If, however, you are a golfing romantic who does not mind the occasional walk on the wild side then this throwback-in-time course might just be worth the extra effort to pay a visit. 

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Description: You’ll need to catch the ferry to the island of Fano to play Fanø Golf Links. There’s a real hint of Scotland here on this windswept linksland. Rating: 7 out of 10 Reviews: 2

Having played Fanø numerous times I still find it very exciting. After playing it in late April I was surprised by the awful state og the course, but that didn't take any of the joy out of this magnificent course. The renewal of the mats from which you hit your tee-shot has definitely made the course even better. And despite having played it before I can't wait to come back again.

April 23, 2016
10 / 10
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Jeroen Korf
The setting is great, but the maintenance was disappointing, beatifull dunes are surrounding you everywhere and you have some blind shots. hitting off a mat is never fun, but these were really strange. fairways and greens are in bad shape. this place has a lot of history and great potential, but something has to happen...
August 06, 2010
4 / 10
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January 21, 2014
Fanø Golf Links is situated in magnificent scenery in the middle of incredibly beautiful and undulating dunes and heather. The course was established in 1901 and Fanø was designed by a Scotsman named Dunlop, and bears a striking resemblance to many of the famous classical Scottish courses. Despite its variable conditioning it’s one of Denmark’s jewels.