Halmstad Golf Club - Old 'North' Course

Sweden, Central Sweden, Halmstad
5.7 (3)
Course Opened: 1967

Known as Tylösand, the current golf courses of the Halmstad Golf klubb are composites of an original 18 hole track built in 1938 by Rafael Sundblom and holes added decades later by Nils Sköld in the 1960s and Frank Pennink in the 1970s. The best known course is the North Course, which is predominantly made up of Sundblom and Sköld holes but with modifications through the years by Pennink and Donald Steel.

The course is a highly rated European Tour venue that is set in a secluded forest of birch and pine only a few hundred metres from the sea and with a creek that runs through several holes. This is pretty moderate quality golf, however, the layout lacking really dramatic golf contours and hurt by the fact players need to cross busy roads during the round. Aside from an uphill drive on the 5th and a slight dip through the 8th fairway, the golf here is pretty flat until you reach the 12th, a long par four sweeping left along an angled fairway before plunging down and across the creek to a large target built with a false front to make it feel smaller. This is unquestionably one of Sweden's best holes, and the attractive cross-creek par three 16th is also very good but beyond these two gems there isn't much to recommend here.

Given the status of this club and how rudimentary some of the bunker shapes are here, there is certainly potential for Halmstad to become a really fine course with an aggressive reshaping of its holes.

 

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