Central & North Sweden

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Stockholm, the country’s dynamic capital, acts as a magnet for business and finance and also has a vibrant cultural scene. The first 18-hole course in the country was built here in 1927.

Sweden punches above its weight in golf and this is in no small measure thanks to local sporting legend Sven Tumba (1931-2011), who turned his considerable energy towards popularising golf after having represented Sweden at an international level in three sports: ice hockey, football and lastly golf.

If you decide to play Royal Drottningholm, to the west of the capital city, you will find on the clubhouse wall a collection of black-and-white photos of the all-time golfing greats as they walked the club’s fairways when it hosted the Scandinavian stop on the European Tour on several occasions in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The course is now judged too short for men’s professional golf, but has regained much esteem after a complete 2011 rebuild designed by architect Johan Benestam.

Tumba’s legacy not only includes bringing the biggest golfing stars to Sweden and making the sport popular, but he also laid out the scenic lakeside course at Ullna Golf Club, which was redesigned by his personal friend Jack Nicklaus after Tumba’s death in 2011.

In recent years professional tournaments have been held at the Robert Trent Jones Junior-designed Stadium course at Bro Hof Slott. This layout, which can be stretched to over 8,000 yards if needed, has been widely regarded as the top course in the country since it opened for play in 2007.

However, many would still argue that the country’s most scenic course is at Visby Golfklubb on the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, reachable by ferry or plane from Stockholm. Opened in 1958, Visby has been ranked near the top of the Swedish charts since its complete redesign in 2008 by former Swedish Tour players Pierre Fulke and Adam Mednickson.

The 13 regional associations of Östergötland, Södermanland, Stockholm, Uppland, Västmanland, Örebro, Värmland, Dalarna, Gästrikland/Hälsingland, Medelpad, Jämtland/Härjedalen, Ångermanland and Norrbotten/Västerbotten organise over 250,000 golfers in 240 clubs. There are currently 22 courses from this part of the country featured in our current Swedish Top 60.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Central & North Sweden

Bro Hof Slott (Stadium)

1st Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

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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Visby

2nd Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

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

3rd Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

"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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Kungliga Drottningholm

4th Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

The golf club hosted numerous international tournaments in the 1970s and 1980s, and household names like Nicklaus, Singh, Montgomerie, Ballesteros and Couples are all part of the heritage of Kungliga Drottningholms.

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Bro Hof Slott (Castle)

5th Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

Robert Trent Jones Jnr designed the Castle course at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club and it opened for play in 2009. It’s kept from the limelight by the stellar Stadium course, but the Castle should also be sampled when visiting Bro.

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Frösåker (Stora)

6th Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

Frösåker Golf & Country Club is situated on the northern shore of Lake Mälaren and, because of its location on low-lying land so close to the lake, small ponds come into play at more than half the holes on the Stora course.

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Vidbynäs (South)

7th Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

The South course at Vidbynäs Golf Club opened soon after the North in 2004. Designed by Brian Curley and Lee Schmidt, Curley reckons Vidbynäs is “a special golf experience in a truly special place”.

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Kallfors

8th Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

The course at Kallfors Golfklubb opened for play in 1999 and was designed by the man behind Frosaker, Swedish architect Sune Linde. Elevated tees and big undulating greens are key features of the rolling Kallfors course.

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Omberg

9th Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

Pierre Fulke designed Ombergs golf course and routed it alongside Vättern, Sweden's second largest lake.

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Upsala (Gamla)

10th Central & North Sweden - Best in Area

There is a lot of golf to be played at Upsala Golf Club, with two fine 9-hole tracks and, of course, the splendid 18 hole Gamla (Old) layout with its fabulous combination of parkland and forest holes.

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Central & North Sweden Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses Played
1 Jan Nordstrom Courses Played 29
2 Markku Nokso-Koivisto Courses Played 21
3 Kalle Leffler Courses Played 16
4 Kaj Persson Courses Played 12
= Gustav Courses Played 12
6 Jorn Greve Courses Played 10
7 Aulis Ranua Courses Played 8
8 Helmut Baeck Courses Played 6
9 Rasmus Ekeroth Courses Played 5
10 Bob McCoy Courses Played 4