The inaugural Swedish Golf Week Tour commenced in Copenhagen, from where we were transported from the airport, first through a tunnel, emerging onto the huge bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden and within half an hour we were standing outside the Elite Plaza Hotel in the centre of Malmo.
Having checked in, my first task was to find a meal and restaurant for the England v Wales World Cup rugby match. The inevitable Irish Pub answered our call, good steaks provided with prime seats in front of the large TV screen! If only the England team had performed as well as Flannigan’s!!
Our first days golf and on 27th Sept, in Sweden, we played in shirt sleeves (Paul in shorts I might add) on the fine Links course of Ljunghusen, one that would delight links lovers on any trip to Scotland or Ireland. The Ladies team of Gill, Ali and Val scoring 67 pts came out on top by 2 pts from Vanessa, Trisha and yours truly.
Day Two and we visited the 36 hole PGA of Sweden National Golf Club to play the Links course. Although inland, this new course had a great Links feel and seems destined to become one of Sweden’s top courses. While every course we played during the week was very good, this one received the top vote from the group. Gill, Vanessa and Arnold were comfortable winners today with a commendable 74 pts.
Day 3 took us to Falsterbo GC and the southern most tip of Sweden. Opened in 1909, they have preserved the tradition of true links golf where a peep over the sand dunes south wards gives a glimpse of Continental Europe’s coast line on the horizon. For the third day running, shirt sleeve golf, little wind and Val (with a very hot putter I’m led to believe)and Arnold’s 44 points, an excellent and runaway score, was probably testament to the welcome benign conditions. Personally, Falsterbro was my favourite, a good old fashioned links test in excellent condition, typical wooden clubhouse and set in a national preservation area shared with as many bird watchers as golfers (I’m not sure who were the “twitchers”!), call me nostalgic if you like, but…..!
A mornings guided city walking tour and a free afternoon to explore other parts of the city was a break from golf on Wednesday and in the evening we discovered one of Malmo’s leading restaurants, Arstiderna. In general, the restaurants, service and food were very good and like the golf clubs, most welcoming. However, this restaurant is first class and had our vote for the final evening.
Thursday dawned and with it some cooler but still dry weather, maybe more akin to what we had expected, but still very pleasant playing conditions. While continuing with team events we played a 36 hole Individual stableford over Bokskogen GC and on Friday, Barsebeck Masters course. These two have hosted Tour events and the Solhiem Cup and maybe the quality of the courses showed up in the scoring. Following the first days play Ali and Paul were tied on 27 with Arnold 26. Back to a warmer day and Ali,with 31, managed to stay 2 ahead of Arnold to win the individual on these two fine tests of golf.
My first time in Scandinavia and I really had no idea what to expect. The square, a block behind the hotel was vibrant, especially in the evenings, a friendly welcome at every club and excellent golf, good food and lovely company. What more can one want? – I shall certainly look forward to a return visit.
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