Göteborgs Golf Klubb, the oldest golf club in Sweden, is to be given a major facelift as part of a long term renovation project.
The parkland style course is located in a forest in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city and the biggest seaport in the Nordic Countries.
Sweden’s Home of Golf
It is well known as the birthplace of golf in a country which has gone on to become one of Europe’s proudest golfing nations.
Large numbers of Swedes play the game and several touring professionals like Joakin Haeggman, Peter Hansen, Per Ulrik Johannson and Jesper Parnevik have represented Europe in the Ryder Cup team and Annika Sorenstam is arguably the greatest player in the history of women’s golf.
Christian Lundin, golf course architect at international design practice (re)GOLF, is the man tasked with bringing Sweden’s first course up to date with modern developments in golf club and ball technology which means golfers are hitting it longer and straighter than ever before.
Göteborgs Golf Klubb was set up in 1902 by Viktor Setterberg, known as the founding father of Swedish Golf, and moved to its current home in the seaside suburb of Hovås in 1904.
The modern golf course was most heavily influenced by little known English designer Andrew Persson who rebuilt it in 1932.
Work has already started on the first phase of alterations.
Christian Lundin, said: “One of the key issues is that the property is extremely tight, only around 30 hectares.”
“On the sixteenth hole, which has a busy road running down the right side, we are creating a new bunker and mound complex to prevent tee shots bouncing into the road.”
“On the second hole, which is the oldest existing golf hole in Sweden, our objective is to restore the hole back to an aerial photograph from 1943, restoring its historical layout,” he said.
“Club records suggest the hole was not altered from its original configuration until the 1950s, so we believe we will truly be restoring Swedish golf history.”
The course’s most dramatic hole is the sixth, which sees golfers drive from an elevated tee over a quarry, before hitting their approach to a peninsula green that backs into a freshwater lagoon, separated from the sea only by a narrow bank.
“We really want to emphasise the seaside feel on the sixth,” said Lundin. “We will remove all the trees surrounding the hole, and this will bring the water behind the green right into the player’s face,” added Lundin.
For more about Gothenburg Golf Club: http://www.goteborgsgk.org/extra/pod/