Varberg (Västra) - Sweden

Varbergs Golf Klubb,
Himle,
432 77 Tvååker,
Sweden


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  • Jasmine Rawsthorne

  • Tommy Nordström

  • Frank Englund

Varbergs Golf Club dates back to the 1950s but its two 18-hole courses are of more recent vintage. The Ostra (East) course debuted in 1976 and the Västra (West) was unveiled in 1992 but, for some reason that we haven’t been able to find out, they are located 20 kilometres apart.

The Tommy Nordström-designed Västra course is laid out in an out-and-back configuration and is a more open, yet tougher proposition than its elder sibling. Fairways may be wide and greens large but the scale of the challenge here is not only measured against the dimensions of the course because water, sand and trees also play their part in protecting par.

The first short hole is not encountered until the 8th and this is played across water to a green defended on the front by three small bunkers with out of bounds to the right and rear of the putting surface. The other three par threes are faced on an inward half that ends with a double doglegged par five measuring 540 yards from the back markers.

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Description: Varbergs Golf Club dates back to the 1950s but its two 18-hole courses are of more recent vintage. The Ostra (East) course debuted in 1976 and the Västra (West) was unveiled in 1992... Rating: 3 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Varberg's West Course (Västra) is laid out in open country, different from its tree-lined neighbours Falkenberg and Halmstad (Tylösand). Also, the latter have small, flattish greens while Varberg West has big, undulating ones. The differences in design and terrrain mean that different parts of your game will be up for scrutiny, especially when the wind is up. My abiding memory from the best rounds I have played here are long, straight-ish driving and good distance control with the putter and obviously the opposite when the scorecard told a sad story. The main thing which prevents me from rating Varberg West higher is that, on too many occasions, the shot is easy for the long hitter, but difficult for the mid- to short hitter, which is rather the opposite of what I prefer design-wise.
3 / 6
Varberg (Västra)
October 10, 2015


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