Denmark looks to be the new mecca for great golf courses in Europe with two of its latest courses designs rated among the best 2010 developoments in the world,by leading US magazine Golf Inc.
Stensballegaard Golf in Horsens, Denmark, took the top prize ahead of Huntsman Springs in Idaho, and Lion Lake Country Club in Guangdong Province, China with Lyngbygaard Golf Club in Brabrand, Denmark - like, the winner a created of leading course designers von Hagge, Smelek & Baril.
Stensballegaard is one of Denmark’s “Four Manors” courses, is touted as among Europe’s best and is due to open on May 29.
Built on a private farm it's situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, surrounded by woods and with a view of Horsens Fjord. The course features 27- holes as well as a 6 hole par-3 course and indoor practice arena.
Founding Chairman Count Henrik Ahlefeldt-Laurvig says: “Each hole has five tees, so everyone can play the course whatever their ability.
According to chief architect Rick Baril, 'each hole has its own unique story. For example, you can look forward to the challenging 9th hole at the Guldbjerg loop where you have a view to the city of Horsens and the Fjord from a tee 52 metres above the green.
"It was a golf hole created ages ago that was just waiting to be discovered," he says.
Ledreborg Palace in Sealand, Gyldensteen Golf in Funen and Lyngbygaard Golf at Aarhus complete the Four Manors quartet.