The picturesque Danish town of Vejle lies on the southeast coast of the Jutland peninsula and a few miles outside the town, on the forested southern flank of the Vejle Fjord, sits a modern golf complex consisting of three 9-hole courses, a driving range and a par 3 course.
The golf club was formed in 1970 and, from very humble origins, their initial course expanded from just a couple of holes to eleven holes then finally a full 18-hole course by 1977. Fifteen years later, a further nine holes were added to complete the set-up so now the members are in the fortunate position of having three courses to play by mixing the three 9-hole layouts.
The three nines were originally colour coded, Red, Yellow and Blue, but each loop has now been renamed to; Parken (Park), Skoven (Forest) and Sletten (Plain). The Forest loop is the shortest but most dramatic, featuring significant elevation changes, rivers and streams. The Park nine is tight and tree-lined, while the Plain nine more open in aspect, relying on bold bunkering.
Vejle Golf Club completed a comprehensive renovation during 2010-2012 under the design and supervision of Danish architect Philip Spogárd. 18 greens and greens complexes were changed to create a much-improved playing experience. All bunkers were redesigned and repositioned and 13 tees were renovated.
Greens were newly top-dressed, so that may've taken a little off our experience. Nonetheless, this is a very decent little course, beautiful as well. Our front 9, Parken, is simply just a lot of fun to play. While it's very scoreable, the number can quickly run up on you, if you're in the wrong spot. Hole number two is the only little minus here, a blind tee shot where the course guide (handbook) doesn't really emphasize the line. With OB right we all aimed a little extra left, almost over the ladies tee's. Next time we'll all aim way right (more right than you'd think).
Back nine, Skoven, is a really beautiful, scenic little nine. Course experience is key here. When in doubt; leave the driver in the bag. Any driver hit on the Skoven loop should be considered as an attack. Skoven isn't difficult, it's tricky. The signature hole must be Skoven No. 3, a big drop to a dogleg right fairway with creeks on both sides. An extremely inviting tee shot. While it looks like a fade off the tee, think the safe play is actually a draw with whatever plays 200-230 meters in the bag. There's a steep hill taking everything down from left to right. It's a dogleg right, but it's almost like your mindset off the tee should be dogleg left.
Being very(!) critical, Skoven flirts with the infamous 'Mickey Mouse' tag, extreme doglegs, drops as well as very narrow holes are fun and beautiful, but not always the most fair. Still, very enjoyable. Would play again.
Note to self, play away from the corners on the many doglegs. This is where the most room is and it will allow a clear line to the green every time. The course is fairly short so no need to cut corners or flirt with trouble. A good patient golfer can go very low here.
Vejle is a very beautiful course, I had the pleasure to play Parken and Skoven, for the first nine I was accompanied by an older couple which definitely helped as they were very good at giving me advice and explaining how it would be best to approach the holes. the first nine were very nice, but it was not until the back nine (Skoven) that it really started getting beautiful and of course hilly. Skoven is a course that should be played conservatively it's probably best not to rip a driver on every single hole, although some of the holes are driveable, all in all, it's a great course, fun and exciting. but definitely not as well groomed as the very top courses in Denmark.