Royal Drottningholm Golf Club

Sweden, Central Sweden, Stockholm
6.4 (5)
Course Opened: 1959

Royal Drottningholm is a charming old-school golf course restored in 2001 by local Swedish designer Johan Stam Bene, who has done well to integrate some clever green contours and attractive bunkering to a gentle undulating site a short drive from the Swedish royal palace. The course is on land leased from the crown, with a series of gentle rocky hills and an attractive blend of Oak, Birch and other trees. Inaugurated by King Gustaf VI Adolf in 1959, the course had apparently deteriorated over the years and the restoration gives it a genuine British heathland feel.

From the very first tee, this really is an enjoyable walk in the park with the course essentially set on Royal grounds and boasting very gentle undulations but enough ground movement to create interesting holes. The par threes are very nice, and some of the greens angled away to soft chipping swales and zones are effective. There are a couple of holes with too many fairway bunkers, such as 6 and 9, but otherwise he did a good job building fun and enjoyment out of subtle landforms. The routing is really quite effective, a couple of gentle hills used to create drama on the opening stretch of holes, and later the outlooks and better golf undulations thanks to the clever arrangement of holes and sequences. No question the better and more interesting holes are on the front nine, but the back isn't poor by any means and the course doesn't torment golfers looking for pars or bogeys.

Really enjoyed the undulating nature of holes like 1 and 9, great green site in a saddle beyond a soft rise, and the par three 5th with its outlook toward an old church.


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