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Sweden conjures up images of blonde, gorgeous people, long summer days and enduring winter nights. Not to mention flat-pack furniture and irritatingly popular music.

Golf came to Sweden early in the 20th century, but remained a marginal leisure pursuit until the 1980s and 1990s when it expanded to a major sport. With nearly half a million golf club members it’s the largest organised sport in Sweden with the highest golf participation rate in mainland Europe.

Sweden’s competitive success has mainly come in the women’s game through Annika Sörenstam – perhaps the greatest female golfer in the modern era – with 10 major wins between 1995 and 2006. In terms of global audience, it’s likely that Henrik Stenson has had a bigger impact following his brilliant victory in the 2016 Open at Royal Troon, when he held off an incredibly strong challenge from Phil Mickelson to claim his first Major title.

According to the R&A’s Golf Around the World 2019 report, Sweden has a total of 662 golf courses and we feature the best 60 here at Top 100 Golf Courses. As you will see from the map, the majority of Sweden’s layouts are located in the south and along the west coast of the country, although the Stockholm region also boasts a number of high-ranking tracks.

If you’re thinking about playing several top courses on a Swedish trip rather than the occasional game, do keep distances in mind. While it takes less than an hour to get from Denmark’s Copenhagen Airport (via the Öresund bridge) to the courses in the Malmö area, getting to Stockholm requires a solid six hours behind the wheel.

As Sweden has real winters – even in the south – the golf season tends to run from April to October with some courses opening earlier and closing later. With most fairways tree-lined, either parkland or woodland in style, courses tend to be at their best during mid summer when the long days have started to work their magic on the grass.

Even the top-ranked golf clubs see comparatively few visitors from abroad, so you’ll encounter mainly Swedish golfers during your stay.

Our rankings of the Top 60 Golf Courses of Sweden were last updated in January 2018. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Sweden

Bro Hof Slott (Stadium)

1st Sweden Ranking

Clearly Bro Hof Slott Golf Club has a very bright future, especially given that the Stadium course has hosted the Scandinavian Masters since 2010.

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Falsterbo

2nd Sweden Ranking

Falsterbo is one of the few true classic links courses in Continental Europe. It’s located at the southernmost tip of Sweden on the scenic Falsterbo peninsula, where the Öresund and the Baltic meet.

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Halmstad (Norra)

3rd Sweden Ranking

Sweden has some fantastic golf courses and the Norra (North) course at Halmstad Golfklubb is one of them. It’s a surreal setting where you can smell the salty sea air and you can hear the sea, but you can’t see it.

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Visby

4th Sweden Ranking

Visby at Kronholmen celebrated the first fifty years of club history in 2008 and this remains an extremely popular European golf course.

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Ullna

5th Sweden Ranking

"Water, water everywhere" could easily be the slogan of Ullna Golf Club where there are many holes set hard beside Lake Ullna (which doubles up in the winter as a huge skating rink).

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Barsebäck (Masters)

6th Sweden Ranking

Situated on the west coast of Sweden lies the world renowned Barsebäck Golf & Country Club. With two championship courses, there’s no shortage of great golf to be had at Barsebäck.

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PGA of Sweden National (Links)

7th Sweden Ranking

It’s reckoned the Swedish PGA complex just outside Malmö took over ten years of planning and construction before the new 18-hole PGA National Links course emerged in the summer of 2009.

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Vallda

8th Sweden Ranking

Opened in 2009, the course at Vallda Golf and Country Club was fashioned by Hawtree Design in a classic British style, inspired by London’s heathland. With fescue seeded playing surfaces, Hawtree has created the feel good factor.

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Vasatorp (TC)

9th Sweden Ranking

In actual fact, the new Vasatorp TC (Tournament Course) is not entirely new as it consists of nine remodeled and nine original holes – within a golf complex that now extends to 54 holes...

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PGA of Sweden National (Lakes)

10th Sweden Ranking

The number of bunkers on the Lakes course averages four per hole, the same as the Links course, but the traps on the Lakes occupy an area three times that of the other course at the PGA of Sweden National.

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Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses reviewed
1 Gustav Courses Reviewed 26
2 Jim McCann Courses Reviewed 8
3 JW1996 Courses Reviewed 4
4 François Gacougnolle Courses Reviewed 4
5 Mogens Courses Reviewed 4
6 Daniel Magnusson Courses Reviewed 4
7 Jeroen Korf Courses Reviewed 4
8 Jan Nordstrom Courses Reviewed 3
9 Edvard jensen Courses Reviewed 3
10 Thomas Opsahl Courses Reviewed 3