Linna - Finland

Linna Golf,
Vanajanlinnantie 485,
13330 Harviala,
Hämeenlinna,
Finland


  • +358 (0) 361 02600

  • Petri Keskitalo

  • European Golf Design / Tim Lobb

  • Anssi Kankkonen


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Linna golf course opened for play in 2005 and it’s routed through a pine and birch forest adjacent to the famous and historic Vanajan Linna Hotel.

Linna was originally nominated as a Gem by Petri and was added to the Top 100 website in May 2008. Since then Linna has become not only a nationally ranked course, but also a track that regularly features in our European Top 100. Petri’s original nomination article follows:

Even if I might be considered biased, Linna Golf is by any national poll regarded as either the No.1 or No.2 ranked course in Finland (Golf Digest Finland, www.golf.fi, Finnish Golf magazine). The course was designed by European Golf Design / Tim Lobb and was completed with highest criteria of design and construction (USGA specifications). It is part of the European Tour Courses group and has already since its inauguration since 2005 been rewarded a Challenge Tour event for 2009, European Amateur Championships in 2010 and the goal is to host a European Tour event shortly after.

The course itself goes through beautiful mature forested land with quite a few water features and has beautiful views to neighbouring Lake Katuma. The holes are designed so that while the back tees provide a stern test to the best of professionals, the club golfers tees provide players with a good chance of avoiding traps and enjoying their round to the fullest. Linna Golf has huge greens that are maintained at highest level – normally the greens are between 10-12 on the Stimpmeter.

Golf legend and five times Open Champion Peter Thomson said of the course when he visited Linna Golf: “I doubt there is a better course in Scandinavia. The terrain is excellent and has been used in the best way possible to create a course with a great variety of holes which will challenge all standards of golfers. In time, I believe Linna Golf will become a national treasure.”

In June 2017, Linna Golf hosted the inaugural European Tour Properties Senior Classic, which Spain's Santiago Luna won by one shot to claim his third European Senior Tour title.

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Description: Linna golf course opened for play in 2005 and it’s routed through a pine and birch forest adjacent to the famous and historic Vanajan Linna Hotel. Rating: 5 out of 6 Reviews: 4

I was privileged to play four rounds at Linna while staying at a lake house on the very beautiful Vanajavesi, back in May of this year. Linna is a beautiful and very hilly woodland, parkland layout. For so early in the season (I was told that the course just opened the week prior to my visit), Linna Golf Course - Photo by reviewerthe fairways and greens were in excellent condition. The course plays to 6500 yards from the men's tees, though often the approach was quite uphill to a green well guarded by front bunkering. Quite a challenging layout! I was pleased to see very few power carts; almost all players were walkers. And cool to see Mikko Ilonen's locker in the men's locker room! I would be very happy having Linna as my home course; it's one I could play over and over again. Fun golf, lovely setting, and friendly, helpful staff. Highly recommended when in the area.

5 / 6
Linna
September 08, 2016


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A championship parkland course in pleasant rural Finnish countryside about 90mins north of Helsinki. The course is proud of and displays its 'European Tour' course credentials everywhere. The facilities and hotel are 1920's 'manor-house' style and add to the quality of the club. The design is interesting and the greens were just pure and a delight to play on. Although rated 2 in Finland this course was better than Kytaja, especially in conditioning.
5 / 6
Linna
September 29, 2015


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Linna golf is a top quality Scandinavian golf resort, offering exactly what you would envisage from the stereotypical terrain and atmosphere associated with this unspoiled part of the world. The course presents mostly tree-lined fairways and well protected greens, with excellent bunkering and undulating approaches. The greens are fast and true, and many are two tiered. The tall pine trees and lush parkland create the perfect environment for a golf course. There’s a great mix of holes, ensuring you play every club in your bag, and every shot type in your portfolio. Stand out holes include the par 5 second, which can present a birdie opportunity with two accurate long shots and a good pitch. The eighth, which is a very tricky uphill par 4 requiring a long tee shot and a well-placed approach to a well-protected green (avoid going anywhere near the bunker on the right side of the green), and 9 (which was originally the eighteenth), playing directly back to the clubhouse and requiring precision distance on the approach over a lake. The back 9 takes you away from the clubhouse with the far point being the par 3 thirteenth, possibly the least interesting hole on the course. You then head back towards the clubhouse with a feast of interest and variety. The 15th is probably my favourite hole on the course, which I’m told was designed by the winner of a competition in a golf magazine. It’s filled with danger. The most judicious golfers will keep their ball close to the left hand side of the fairway, opting to play it as a 3 shotter, as trouble dominates the right side. Unfortunately the eighteenth lacks any wow factor, probably because it was originally the 9th hole, but it is still a strong finish with an inviting tee shot and a well-bunkered green. There are not any weak holes on the course, and with an excellent hotel on site and superb practice facilities it would be pleasurable to spend an couple of days at Linna Golf. My advice would be to spend a couple of nights here and be sure to include a round on Kytäjä SE to round off a great Finnish experience.
5 / 6
Linna
September 02, 2013


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There are around 100 golf courses in Finland, with a Top 20 featured here on the Top 100 site – I have to be honest, I have played just one of these and it is this course at Linna Golf but what a complete joy. Obviously the Finnish season is short (May-September) but at times with daylight hours lasting though the night, there are still many 1000’s of rounds played in the country. Before I mention the course, I will say that this is a fantastic stay and play venue, with accommodation options pretty amazing, I stayed in one of the 4 bedded suites by the clubhouse – very nice indeed. Designed by the European Golf Design, Linna has a look and feel of the 2012 Spanish #1 course, the Stadium at PGA Catalunya and also the Chateau course at Terre Blanche (also EGD connections) – this is an instant endorsement. Linna Golf Course - Photo by reviewerThe course takes you through a pine forest, up and down hills and across rocks and there are some wonderful holes. The uphill par-5 2nd has a slight double dog-leg through the fairway with very clever bunkering short of the green, which shouts out, “I am not reachable in two!” – The 6th hole is another nice design, just over 400 yards and doglegging left but the fairway slopes to the right, very tricky. The 9th hole (this becomes the 18th hole for tournament play) is visually as good as any, a 350 yard hole - an elevated tee shot, a water hazard short and left of the green and a welcoming clubhouse in the background. I cannot say there are weak points on the course but the stretch from the 10th to the 13th is my least favourite (still good though). The course explodes into a memorable finish from the 14th tee; starting with a right to left hole with more water problems on the left-site at the green and then to my choice for the best hole; the 15th is one of those holes that are unforgettable (The 12th holes at Old Head, Ireland and also at Kingbarns, Scotland do this for me also) - This a beautiful par-5, bunkers at landing point, water down the right-side, a tricky lay-up needing to avoid the cross-fairway stream and then an uphill approach to a green that is not very deep – great design and super use of the natural contours. The last hole to mention (I realise it is another par-5) is the 17th – a tough drive that needs to turn right to left and then another uphill approach after another bunker avoiding lay-up. Final word for the off-course offering once more; practice facilities, exquisite clubhouse, historic castle for fine dining and world-class services all go to make a very special place.
5 / 6
Linna
July 11, 2012


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