Magnificent Seven hot spots for travelling golfers

Matt Banks
Thu, 30 Sep 2010

No.2 Sweden

Unusually, the nation's only Ryder Cup representative is Peter Hanson, making his debut in the event. He follows in the footsteps of eight others, including Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson and Jesper Parnevik.

Sweden has hosted two Solheim Cup matches at Halmstad (2003) and Barseback (2007) but has yet to host a Ryder Cup, though it's a regular stop on the European tour circuit.  Only Spain (9) can boast more continental Ryder Cup players.

In half light and under a covering snow for most of the year, Sweden keeps its courses in remarkable condition and the practice facilities (indoor and outdoor) tend to be first-class. Hanson’s home club, Sturup Park GC is quaint and with some tremendous views but there are many other courses far more eye-catching.

For example Bro Hof Slott Golf Club near Stockhom, which hosted the Scandinavian Masters won recently by Swede Richard S Johnson is stunning and consistently ranked as one of the top-15 golf courses in Europe.

Established in 2002 and designed by Robert Trent Jones, no stone has been left unturned - even the sand is made of crushed marble. With 36 holes lapping the waters edge, Bro Hof Slott presents some outstanding views and its Stadium course can play up to a staggering 8,045 yards.

Though not necessarily a popular golf destination for the travelling Briton, as we both share similar summer conditions, it's undoubtedly a unique place to play and its golf federation has invested huge amounts of dedication and money into grass roots golf. And thanks to the country’s excellent coaching schemes, Sweden produces a spectacular ratio of quality golfers out of its relatively small nine million population.

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