Played the Links first time last year and returned this year with some clients and stayed overnight at the club. On both occasions, I have been thoroughly impressed, not by the immaculate condition or the occasional signature hole; there are other places which score higher in those categories, both in Sweden and elsewhere. Instead, I see consistency and commitment to serious golf down to every detail. The course is a great attempt at creating an inland links: the grass is exclusively red fescue, which makes the tall, wispy rough very kind on the eye and the errant drive (mostly) easy to find, but still creates the classic half-shot penalty. The greens are true, if not always lightning fast, for which you are grateful when you try to stop the ball on the short par three hole no 5. Otherwise, I have two favourite holes, both par fives: the second, which seems to continue all the way up into the sky and the fifteenth, towards the clubhouse, which in calmer or helping wind conditions is reachable in two, but with a daunting dip just in front of the green, which makes sure the approach has to be perfectly judged. We were also allowed out on the nine holes of the Lakes Course that were open, and they were absolutely stunning. Do not try to play it from back in a wind, like we did! Finally, if you are open to some new ideas on your short game, try a lesson with John Grant, the Scottish expat pro, he really makes you sit up and listen.
Date: July 02, 2010