Visby is the largest city on the Swedish island of Gotland; it is arguably the best-preserved medieval town in Scandinavia, and in 1995 became a Unesco World Heritage Site.
Visby Golf Club at Kronholmen celebrated its first fifty years of club history in 2008 and the club remains an extremely popular golf destination. A combination of seaside and parkland holes ensures that visitors and locals alike remember Visby fondly. This is a demanding course with many hazards, none more obvious than the strong wind from the Baltic Sea.
Nils Sköld designed the original course in 1958, and Peter Nordwall performed further upgrades in the 1990s. In 2007, former Ryder Cup player Pierre Fulke teamed up with Adam Mednick to renovate Visby and work completed in 2009. Maybe renovation is a misnomer, all tees, bunkers and greens are new, the routing is new, and two new holes were added, however careful consideration was taken to preserve the legacy of Skiöld and Nordwall’s work. Special mention goes to the new 6th, a fine par five along the water’s edge that requires careful consideration and flawless execution. We can imagine that many a picture will be taken from the green looking back at the fairway and the fabulous sea view.
Since the renovation, Visby has hosted several professional events, and as one of the players put it: “Visby was a good course in a fantastic location, now it's a truly superb course and the location is still as fantastic!”If you take the time and trouble to travel this far to golf, then you must also play the short 9-hole course belonging to the club, preferably before tackling the championship 18 holes.
December 17, 2014