On the west-coast of Sweden, only a 30 minute drive north of Gothenburg, you can find the nice little town called Stenungsund. In winter this is a pretty quiet place, in summer the place is invaded by (boat) tourists. The area around Stenungsund offer quite a few golfing opportunities. One of them Stenungsund GK, which hosted the the Ladies European Championship in 2008, welcomed us for a nice round of testing our skills from the “ruff” and about.
Played: 20th April 2010
Reviewer: The Chef
Length: 6176 meters (Yellow Tees)
Design: Peter Nordwall
Green Fees: 300 – 450 SEK
Description: Open parkland course
A very nice, but also a very long course. Since we were there in the early spring the ruff was very forgiving, but we managed to “feed it” with some balls anyway. With a strong winds from the West the course will give a lot of challenges, but when the sun is out and the wind is blowing somewhere else, we were left with a very good impression.
The opening hole is a looooong par 5. Be sure to hit that ball nice and steady, and you’re on your way to a good score. The last hole is also a par 5, and it is one of the best I’ve played!
The average golfer should always consider a longer iron on the par 3 holes – they are longer than they seem, and with the wind it is better to increase accuracy with a slower and more controlled swing. So if you hit the iron #7 between 140 – 150 meters, use the #6 on the par 3 holes ranging from 130 til 150, and so on.
The greens on this course are very huge and nice, some are really made to make you think how you approach them, and others can be reached with a chip’n run from 50 to 60 meters. We all know that putting is “a game in the game” – you should be able to two-put on all these greens – if you know your way with that putter.
You should be able to score pretty good on this course if you stick to a plan where your driving is focused on accuracy instead of distance. Narrow game is pretty straight forward (I used the PW, SW and AW). The bunkers are quite hard, so if you end up in one of them you can punch your way out if you need distance.
The staff was very friendly, the lunch buffet looked very nice. The restaurant was filled with non-golfers, so the food must be pretty good. The girl behind the counter was very nice (and quite hot).