“Water, water everywhere” could easily be the slogan of Ullna Golf Club where there are many holes set hard beside Lake Ullna (which doubles up in the winter as a huge skating rink). Its location, a mere 12 miles from the centre of Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, makes Ullna one of Sweden’s more popular clubs.
Founded in 1981, Ullna was designed by Sven Tumba and it’s set out on flat ground in an American target style. This is not a course for the high handicapper, with its compact, tight and challenging layout and, if more land had been available, no doubt Tumba would have created Sweden’s finest course. Unfortunately Ullna was unfairly branded “the best 17-hole golf course in Sweden”, but it can hold its head up high because there are few – if any – golf courses in the world that are free of any weak holes.
Ullna actually has some truly great holes, most notably those set alongside the bank of Lake Ullna. The real action starts at the 4th, a short par five which doglegs around the lake, enticing you to cut off as much as you dare. The 5th is a tremendous par three, played to a semi-island green and the short par four 6th is also another watery teaser.
And so it goes on, hole after hole of varied and amusing golf. The only advice we can offer is to make sure you take enough balls... every hole at Ullna is worth playing more than once.
The four-man Great Britain & Ireland team won the prestigious Eisenhower Trophy for the third time when the biennial world amateur team championship for men was held at Ullna in 1988.
Here's what Golf Digest Sweden had to say about Ullna:
Ullnas banchef Magnus Adén fick priset som Årets Greenkeeper 2005! I motiveringen står bland annat att ”Ullna som har alltid rankats högt har under Magnus ledning befäst sin ställning som en av landets bästa och mest välskötta golfbanor.” Golf Digest instämmer och kan inte låta bli att spekulera i hur högt denna bana skulle komma på vår ranking om den var några hundra meter längre...