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The Scandinavian Golf Club jumps into Top 100

8.30am 7th October 2011 - Courses - This story was updated on Friday, October 7th, 2011

Both Scandinavian Golf Club’s courses are in the Top 100 Golf Courses Continental Europe - the Old Course as #15 and the New Course as #34 (Photo by Mickael Tannus)

The Scandinavian Golf Club’s two courses debuts in the very top of the brand new list of Europe’s 100 best golf courses created by Golf World. The Scandinavian Old Course sprints past a raft of established golf courses for a grand spot at #15, like The Scandinavian New Course enters the list as #34, reports Frank Undall.

Old Course was constructed in the period from 2006 to 2010. The course is designed with the fundamental element that precision from tee box weighs more than length. Optical illusions are part of the design, for example, on 10th hole where two enclaves of bunkers from the tee box seems to be one large and challenging area, and likewise on the 17th hole. From the teeing ground this penultimate hole seems much narrower at the landing site than it really is.

Like Old Course the New Course is built in the period 2006 to 2010 but only started operating in the spring of 2011. This course also demands accuracy from the tees, but a few holes, the long-hitters also have the opportunity to try their muscles in earnest. This especially comes true on 12th hole – 588 metres from the professional tees. Precision is key element on New Course, and this you will be reminded of from start at the very narrow 1st hole. Forethought and a medium iron give more bonus than a driver.

Five Danish golf courses

The clubhouse at The Scandinavian has just received another award - this time “The Natural Stone of the Award” for the use of 400 million year old slate stone in a modern design (Photo byMickael Tannus)

Reviews of golf courses at The Scandinavian and the other 98 golf courses can be viewed in full in the special supplement to Golf World November 2011 that is already released. There are different categories, but the Top 100 list that The Scandinavian Old Course and New Course debuts on are the “Top 100 Golf Courses Continental Europe”. This means that the assessment was conducted among all European golf courses outside Ireland and Britain.

Besides The Scandinavian Golf Club’s two courses, three other Danish golf courses can be found in the Top 100 list. It is Lubker Sky-Sand (the RTJII course is #16 after debut as #14 in 2008), Esbjerg (#60 from previously #75) and Forest Course (Skovbanen) in Holstebro, which debuts as #89. Rungsted GC was in 2008 listed as #77 and Denmark’s first RTJII golf course at Skolí (Skjoldesnæsholm) as #98, but none of these courses are in the 2011 list.

Right at the top, the French Les Bordes and Morfontaine remains occupants of respectively 1th and 2nd place, while Royal Dutch Hague on 3rd place surprisingly sends the 1997 Ryder Cup course, Valderrama, to #6. Belgien Royal Zoute is #4 and has swapped places with Golf Nationale, which is now #5.

Not just the golf courses, but also the clubhouse at The Scandinavian Golf Club is under evaluation. The clubhouse has previously triggered awards for architecture, materials and craftsmanship methods, including “The Carpenter Prize 2009”.

Latest prize in this context is “The Natural Stone of the Year Award”, which has just been awarded architect Anders Park from Henning Larsen Architects for the basic use of natural stone slate. The materials used are primarily 400 million year old Norwegian slate, heartwood of 120 year old Douglas pine, glass and finally tombak – a very ductile (stretchable) alloy of copper and zinc.

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  • Dear Geoff,

    Trevor Ledger complained in an article which was published in one of the last Golf Inc. Magazine (Summer 2010) that there is an unbelievable lack of knowledge and interest about the important role the GCAs play in the world of golf, esp. in Europe, on base of own experience and talks with most of the golf magazines in GB.
    He offered stories about architectural topics and explained the editors why he thought the readers would be interested.
    The answer in general was: “Our readership wants tips on, playing, fashion and material stories, info about the tour and the pros and how to improve their swing”.
    At the end of the story he stated that the golfing public will receive education and information regarding the role of a golf course architect in general, remembering that this golfing public form the committees of potential clients and clubs all over Europe.

    This article matches with your article about the Scandinavian Golf Club where the awarded Architect for the use of special stones was named – but no hint to the Golf Course Architects who are responsible for the design of the Scandinavian.
    It would be fine hearing more about them in the next issue.

    Best regards
    Rainer Preissmann
    President EIGCA

  • Dear Rainer Preissmann,

    Please do not blame Geoff as it is entirely my fault. I only mentioned RTJ II – Robert Trent Jones II as you are well aware. But I am happy to supply with the fact that President and Chief Design Officer at RTJII. Bruce Charlton is the golf course architect who designed The Scandinavian Golf Clubs 36-holes. They are quite different from the two other Danish RTJ II golf courses, Lübker Sky-Sand-Forest and Trent Jones Course at Skoli (Skjoldenæsholm), which Bruce also designed.

    All the best,
    Frank Undall
    Communications Advisor, Journalist

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