Holtsmark - Norway

Holtsmark Golf,
Holtsmark Gard,
Sylling 3440,
Norway


  • +47 322 449 99

  • Per Gullberg

  • Robert Trent Jones II

  • Martin Simensen

The new millennium has catapulted Robert Trent Jones II into the upper echelons of the Norwegian course rankings with a trio of top class designs at Miklagard in 2002, Bjaavaan in 2006 and here at Holtsmark, also in 2006.

The pay and play golf facility at Holtsmark is Scandinavian woodland golf at its very best, with tree-lined fairways laid out along ridgelines and across a number of steep valleys, very similar in design to the architect’s Prince course in Hawaii. Incredibly, for RTJII anyway, there are no water features in play at any of the holes on this course.

The five par threes are all feature holes at Holtsmark and the best of this quintet is undoubtedly the long 5th hole where the architect, in homage to his father, installed an extra runway tee that allows the fairway to be stretched to over 250 yards. The hole plays to a green that falls away sharply on three sides and is protected by a craftily positioned bunker. Golfers marking “3” on their scorecard here will be well pleased with their efforts.

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Description: The pay and play golf facility at Holtsmark is Scandinavian woodland golf at its very best, with tree-lined fairways laid out along ridgelines and across a number of steep valleys... Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Woodland course designed by Trent Jones Jnr. Unfortunately due to the type of soil the conditioning of the fairways has been quite a challenge. So early season the fairways might be a bit thin.The course starts off with 2 fairly straightforward holes, 3rd is a great par 3 hole. 4th a rather quirky par 4, 5th quite similar to the 3rd with a ravine all the way to the downhill green. 6th par 5 where a good teeshot makes all the difference. Hole 7 is the monster of this course, par 5 at 530 meters, quite narrow, OOB on the left and a quite lumpy fairway, approach to a redan style green which is of course well bunkered to the front. 8th nice medium par 4. 9th another par 3 with a ravine. Holes 10 and 11 fairly straighforward. 12th a very nice par 3 with a downhill teeshot to a well bunkered long tiered green. 13th a quirky par 4 dogleg. 14th probably the toughest par 4 on the course. 15 and 16th straightforward, however the second shot on the 15th can be a bit of a guessing game. 17th a nice par 3, then the 18th, one of the finest closing holes I know. Long par 5 with a uphill teeshot, when you come up all you see is bunkers, fairway and greenside bunkers are cleverly lined up, so you get this daunting optical illusion.The design of this course offers several options of play, but there's always a risk/reward to be considered.Personal favourite is the 18th, simply a cracking challenge.
4 / 6
Holtsmark
September 23, 2010


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