Ullna, Sweden
Sweden  Sweden
Ullna Golf Club
Roslagsvägen 36
184 94 Åkersberga
ArchitectSven Tumba, Jack Nicklaus
Head Professional/Director of GolfN/A
Telephone+46 (0) 85 144 1230
Location20 km N of Stockholm
Websites Golf Club Website
Club Secretary/ ManagerJohan Hagenfeldt

“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.

Ullna Golf Club closed its tees for play in 2011 and reopened almost two years later in June 2013 following an extensive Nicklaus renovation. Ullna retains Sven Tumba’s original routing from the early 1980s, but new tees, re-shaped fairways, new bunkers and green complexes at all holes, make the renovated Ullna a likely candidate to return to the top of the Swedish rankings in the years to come.

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There are two ways to write about Ullna. You can either describe how it was once the uncontested no. 1 in Stockholm and how the creation of Bro Hof left it far behind. You can continue by telling how the club blew an almost absurd amount on a course upgrade by Jack Nicklaus, the money coming from a windfall from a road development that only cost it half its driving range(!). You could round it off by whining about the green fees being the highest in the country. OR, you can ignore all this and judge the course on its merits. It represents first class target golf in a fantastic location, just as pretty as Bro Hof. It is maintained to a very high standard. In fact, the finish of the fairways at Ullna can compare to what greens used to be like in Sweden and rival those at Bro Hof. You could also mention that it is possible to play Ullna in three hours, whereas it is almost impossible to get round the Stadium course at Bro Hof in less than four, unless you take a buggy and play at seven in the morning... Finally, to answer the question this website arguably is created for: Ullna is one of the three best golf courses in the Stockholm area, the others being Bro Hof and (Royal) Drottningholm. Let your taste guide you to which one you prefer, but if you have not played Ullna before or in a long time, take the chance!
19 September 2015 See other reviews from this reviewer
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i dont understand the hype. some good holes some mickey mouse holes and some boring holes. condition could be better considering its rating. last time i played they had a hot bird in the halfway house. that would be the highlight
13 March 2009 See other reviews from this reviewer
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Hugh08 October 2015
You can't beat a warm chicken sandwich at the halfway hut.

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