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Golf Australia Express : July 2014
And to locals, this remains a special place. One such native, who goes by the name of Henrik Stenson, calls Barsebäck his home club. And the world No.2 is just one of a long list of stars to have sung the praises of this dream destination, with Jack Nicklaus, Colin Montgomerie, Luke Donald and Annika Sörenstam all voicing their admiration of the course in general. So what is it that endears Barsebäck to nearly all who visit? To start with, it offers the best of both worlds for many golfers. One minute you’ll be playing through classically tree-lined holes with challenging water hazards and the next you’ll find yourself traipsing along tightly- cut, open fairways running alongside spectacular beach and ocean views. In essence, Barsebäck highlights the beauty of Sweden. Awarded the title as Sweden’s Best Course in 2002, the venue has witnessed an array of changes since its first nine holes were opened in 1969. For starters, it now has 45 holes on which to strut your stuff, a 36- room luxury hotel on site and a new clubhouse that was opened in 2009. It’s a course that words struggle to capture — visually beautiful, relaxing yet complex at the same time. Of course, the Swedes wouldn’t have it any other way. OTG The Dream