Cut mostly through an attractive forest of pine and birch, the Lubker Golf Club is an attractive resort / residential golf facility a little under an hour northeast of Aarhus. As is common in Denmark, there are 27 holes on offer for members and guests here, each nine starting with a par five from a central clubhouse and extending out within the woods and home sites.
Despite some confusion with the routing, and the need for abundant signage to direct golfers around each course, designers Bruce Charlton and Robert Trent Jones Jr. did well to craft an appealing and interesting series of golf holes within the greater project masterplan. Their use of native grasses and rugged waste-style bunkers with unkempt fescue edges was well used to complement the scrubby nature of the setting.
The Forest Nine has less love locally than the other two, and is shorter in distance, but blessed with as many quality green sites. The short par fours are especially fun, and strategic to play. Regarded as making up the “Championship” course, the Sand and Sky nines are, by contrast, a little longer, and a stricter test of the good players game. Among the highlights are some of the tight targets and beautifully sandy par threes on the Sky Course. The Sand Course is also effectively shaped, although there are numerous catch basins and push-up greens to suggest that the soil here was not ideal for golf.
That said, across Lubker the conditions we experienced were excellent and the holes were mostly both lovely to look at as well as enjoyable to play.