Kungliga Drottningholm - Sweden

Kungliga Drottningholms Golfklubb,
Lovö Kyrkallè 1,
178 93 Drottningholm,
Sweden


  • +46 (0) 875 900 85

  • Stefan Andorff

  • Rafael Sundblom and Nils Sköld, Johan Benestam

  • Fredrik Lundgren

Kungliga Drottningholms, as the name implies, is located close to Drottningholm Palace, the residence of the King of Sweden. The royal castle is a Unesco World Heritage Site and the park and parts of the castle are open to the public, so a bit of culture is easily combined with a fine round of golf at Kungliga Drottningholm Golf Club.

The course was laid out by Rafael Sundblom and Nils Sköld and opened for play in 1959. The golf club hosted numerous international tournaments in the 1970s and 1980s, and household names like Nicklaus, Singh, Montgomerie, Ballesteros and Couples are all part of the heritage of Kungliga Drottningholms.

After 50 years of play, the club decided it was time to upgrade the course, and they engaged an upcoming architect, Johan Benestam, who, as it happens, spent his formative years as a golfer at Kungliga Drottningholms. In 2012 the revised course opened, complete with new bunkering schemes, new drainage, re-capped fairways and new green areas.

The golf course itself is a pleasant parkland stroll, tranquil and with many interesting and challenging holes, but what makes the layout really stand out is the new green complexes that feature interesting humps and bumps and careful runoffs. These features make approach shots demanding and recovery shots both interesting and fun.

The course closes with a splendid par three, where spectators on the clubhouse terrace can admire the finely tuned short game of the player that misses the slightly elevated green and falls victim to the beautifully flowing runoff areas.
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Description: The golf club hosted numerous international tournaments in the 1970s and 1980s, and household names like Nicklaus, Singh, Montgomerie, Ballesteros and Couples are all part of the heritage of Kungliga Drottningholms. Rating: 4.5 out of 6 Reviews: 2

Played my first round of the season heretoday (23 April) and the course was in absolutely stunning condition after the winter. Not a speck of mud on shoes or clubs afterwards and plenty of opportunities to choose between aerial and ground-level approach into the greens.Whoever reads this and is, or plans to be, in the Stockholm area playing golf this season, think again about your plans. This place will give Ullna and Bro Hof a run for their money....and we played it in 3 1/2 hours as a threesome!
5 / 6
Kungliga Drottningholm
April 24, 2015


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Post-renovation, Drottningholm is surely one of the most inspiring places to play in the Stockholm area. The greens really make you think, all the way back to the tee, as on some holes, the approach is easy from one side of the fairway and really difficult from the other, especially if you are playing the course in a competition when the normally true but receptive greens have been allowed to dry out. For those who have played it pre-renovation: expect a quantum leap in the lies you get and the design of the green complexes, but not an entirely new course. However, the new hole nr 4 give a glimpse of what Johan Benestam could have done if given another brief. So, how does it stack up against the local competition? For me, only Bro Hof and Ullna are clearly ahead in terms of conditioning. If you look at other old courses like Kevinge, Djursholm or Lidingö, the difference now is significant, despite the fact that the two latter ones have also been upgraded.
4 / 6
Kungliga Drottningholm
May 13, 2014


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