South & West Sweden

Map of South & West Sweden

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Southern and western Sweden has the best climate for golf, with relatively mild winters. Historically, this region has been the natural point of contact with the Anglo-Saxon world. The city of Gothenburg has long established contacts with Scotland so it’s perhaps no surprise that the sport came here first at the start of the 20th century.

Members at the country’s oldest club, Göteborgs Golf Klubb have been playing golf on their course at Hovås in the southern suburbs since 1904. While Göteborg is still good enough to make our Swedish Top 60 list, it has been eclipsed in recent times by two modern creations, one by Martin Hawtree at Vallda Golf & Country Club and the other by Arthur Hills at the eponymous Hills Golf Club.

Whereas the rocky coast north of Gothenburg is regarded as a paradise for sailors with its vast archipelago, Halland, the province to the south, is characterised by its long sandy coastal stretches. Unfortunately, beach tourism arrived there before golf, so there are no true links courses, but the North and South courses carved out of the coastal forest at Halmstad are built on sandy soil and boast excellent playing surfaces.

The highest concentration of top golf courses in Sweden can be found in Skåne in Sweden’s far south, close to its main city Malmö. The traditional links layouts at Falsterbo, Ljunghusen and Flommen are all found in close proximity in the far southwest some 30 minutes away from the city centre. To the north you’ll find Henrik Stenson’s home courses at Barsebäck, and the 54 holes at Vasatorp, whereas the two 18-hole Kyle Philips-designed courses at PGA of Sweden National (Lakes and Links) are located west of the city close to the Malmö Sturup airport.

Finally, it would be wrong not to mention Sand Golf Club, outside Jönköping, a very special creation by Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest, routed on pure sandy soil but at an inland location in the forest, which once played will not be forgotten.

The seven regional golf associations of Skåne, Blekinge, Halland, Småland (incl Öland), Göteborg, Bohuslän-Dal and Västergötland organise 210,000 golfers across 208 clubs. 38 courses from the south and west are featured in our current Swedish Top 60.

Top 100 Golf Courses - South & West Sweden

Falsterbo

1st South & West Sweden - Best in Area

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)

2nd South & West Sweden - Best in Area

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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Barsebäck (Masters)

3rd South & West Sweden - Best in Area

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)

4th South & West Sweden - Best in Area

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

5th South & West Sweden - Best in Area

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)

6th South & West Sweden - Best in Area

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)

7th South & West Sweden - Best in Area

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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Sand

8th South & West Sweden - Best in Area

After a long search for land by architects Arthur Hills and Steve Forrest, they finally selected an old potato farm just outside Jönköping for Sand Golf Club.

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Elisefarm

9th South & West Sweden - Best in Area

When it debuted in the summer of 2005, the 18-hole layout at Elisefarm Golf Club was the first Hawtree golf design in Sweden since 1929.

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Ljunghusen (1-18)

10th South & West Sweden - Best in Area

Ljunghusens Golfklubb dates back to 1932 and there are 27 holes to be sampled here on the unique maritime heath of the Falsterbo Peninsula.

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Leaderboard

Rank Name Courses reviewed
1 Gustav Courses Reviewed 15
2 Jim McCann Courses Reviewed 8
3 Daniel Magnusson Courses Reviewed 4
4 François Gacougnolle Courses Reviewed 4
5 Mogens Courses Reviewed 4
6 Jeroen Korf Courses Reviewed 4
7 JW1996 Courses Reviewed 3
8 Edvard jensen Courses Reviewed 3
9 Scarlett Courses Reviewed 2
10 Jan Nordstrom Courses Reviewed 2