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Charles Lund

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Visby Golfklubb
« on: June 21, 2022, 08:28:32 PM »
I've had some curiosity about visiting Stockholm, with partial Swedish ancestry, and adding it as one of the last major cities in Europe that I haven't visited.


I'm taking my golf clubs and have times lined up at the two Bro Hof Slott courses and Ullna.  I'm not interested in driving much farther than 30 miles from Stockholm.  I came across Visby GolfKlubb in Gotland, about a one hour flight from Arland International in Stockholm.  It's ranked very high in Sweden rankings and on an island in the Baltic.  There is a world heritage site there too.  I was thinking about getting in rounds on two days there with an overnight stay in Visby.  Gotland is an island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. 


I've been to the area in Sweden that is close to Copenhagen a few years ago and played a few courses there.


Just curious about what anyone here might know about it.


Charles Lund






I arrive on a Saturday in Stockholm and fly home to Seattle the following Saturday. 

Tom_Doak

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Re: Visby Golfklubb
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2022, 08:35:14 PM »
I picked out Visby a few years ago as a place to see for the last volume of The Confidential Guide, it looked like a beautiful setting for golf.  And that was before they put a lot of money into it recently.  It would probably be my first place to see there now.  There is also a course in the Aland Islands - another beautiful site that was recently re-built with high hopes.

Charles Lund

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Re: Visby Golfklubb
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2022, 09:37:26 PM »
I'm going to fly out of Arlanda in the morning and see the World Heritage Site and try to get a tee time after 15:00.  I will stay overnight and get a morning tee time and maybe play the short course and fly back to Stockholm in the evening. 


Fifteen years ago I saw the Barnbougle Dunes website.  In 2008, I knew I was retiring late in the year.  I flew out from LAX and connected in Melbourne to Launceston and spent three days playing Barnbougle Dunes. 


The website from Visby gave me the same vibe I got from Barnbougle in terms of remoteness, although the infrastructure there probably lacks the rustic quality of Barnbougle that I loved.  I doubt Visby will have sheep maintaining the range.


I'll look into the other location you mentioned and see if an out and back day trip might work. 


Charles Lund

Adam Lawrence

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Re: Visby Golfklubb
« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2022, 05:11:55 AM »
I haven't been to Visby but just to echo what Tom is saying about Alands Golf. I went there in 2019 while it was being rebuilt (by Danish architect Philip Spogard) and I thought it was a remarkable place. Philip did a tremendous job, especially when you consider he had to reuse the hole corridors for a lot of the way because there wasn't budget to regrade and regrass the whole course. Philip told me he thought it would be a top 25 European course when finished.

You can fly to Marienhamn, the islands' capital, from either Helsinki or Stockholm, or get a ferry (which is what I did, from Stockholm).

Here's my article on the course from October 2019. https://www.golfcoursearchitecture.net/content/197lands-golfklubb-a-stately-home
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Charles Lund

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Re: Visby Golfklubb
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2022, 12:42:31 PM »
Thanks.  I'll keep that in mind if something gets complicated with Visby Golfklubb.


Charles Lund

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