You might argue that any fool with a bit of a budget could dig a big pond and route a par 3 17th and a par 5 18th alongside it. If you have watched golf tournaments on TV I bet that you have seen a few examples. However, Kyle Philips has succeeded in making this course not just playable, but also enjoyable for all categories.
Let us examine the par 3 17th as an example: it is 180 meters (208 yds) from the tips, water all the way to a bunker then bunkers behind and right, exactly where you might subconsciously think of bailing out. Wind almost always a factor. Anything remotely to the left is in the water. Tough? As it should be, the tee 68 (as in 6800 meters+, Sweden is moving away from the traditional white-yellow-blue-red tee colours to entice golfers to choose the right tee for their playing level rather than their gender) is built to decide tournaments for professional golfers at the top level. Now consider the proposition from the most forward tee 48: 96 meters (105 yds) angled so that a straight shot can roll on to the green. The water and the bunkers lurk more as lateral hazards than something that forces a carry out of a beginner/young junior/old senior uncomfortable with such challenges.
Since you have come to this website to read this review you might have played a few courses in your life already. Now think how many of these championship layouts you could play with your beginner friend/loved one/young daughter/old parent with both of you enjoying it? Surprisingly many of the classics and disappointingly few of the modern beasts would be my answer. Thankfully both courses at PGA Sweden fall into the right category, which is one major reason I rate them so highly.
Last point: you might conceivably also have come to this website to decide which courses to pick for a trip to the area. The tradition of Falsterbo, and its seaside neighbours at Flommen and Ljunghusen, is hard to argue with, if that indeed is what you are after. However, if you would be hesitating between a day at Vasatorp, at Barsebäck or at PGA Sweden my advice would be to pick PGA....and to – absolutely - play both courses. The Lakes course is only my no.2 at PGA Sweden!
Date: November 17, 2016