Thursday, November 17, 2016
Robert Trent Jones II Design Ranked No. 1 Among Nordic Top 100 Courses
(Palo Alto, Calif.) – Robert Trent Jones II Golf Course Architects (RTJ II) earned high honors in the annual rankings of “Top 100 Golf Nordic Courses” compiled by Golf Digest/Sweden magazine and published in its November issue.
Named No. 1 in the entire region is the Stadium Course at Sweden’s Bro Hof Slott Golf Club, an RTJ II design that debuted in 2008 and is home to the Scandinavian Masters of the European PGA TOUR.
Four RTJ II courses were named to the Top 10, with a total of 10 RTJ II courses included in the overall Top 100 for the region, which included Denmark, Iceland, Finland, The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden.
The RTJ II golf courses in the Nordic Top 100 list (ranking in parenthesis):
(1) Bro Hof Slott Golf Club/Stadium Course – Stockholm, Sweden
(3) The Scandinavian Golf Club/Old Course – Farum, Denmark
(6) Miklagard Golf Club – Oslo Norway
(8) Holtsmark Golf Club – Sylling, Norway
(12) Lübker Golf Resort – Djursland, Denmark
(23) Bro Hof Slott Golf Club/Castle Course – Stockholm, Sweden
(25) Bjaavann Golfklubb – Kristiansand, Norway
(25) The Scandinavian Golf Club/New Course – Farum, Denmark
(36) Skjoldenæsholm Golf Center/Jones Course – Jystrup, Denmark
(90) Ruuhikoski Golf Course – Nurmo, Finland
These are the latest honors for RTJ II courses, which have appeared on all of the most respected “best of the best” rankings worldwide for the past five decades. RTJ II remains passionate and committed to building environmentally responsible golf courses that are challenging, innovative, and enjoyable to play.
“We use our vision to reveal and sculpt each course inherent to its site so golfers can enjoy the challenges and wonders of the game,” Jones said. “We believe that preserving the natural beauty of the site contributes to the pleasure of the golfing experience.”
While delighted to have his Bro Hof Slott design ranked No. 1 overall, Jones is particularly proud that Norway’s Miklagard Golf Club – the first world-class golf course built in Scandinavia – remains so highly regarded, given the number of courses built since its debut in 2002. Miklagard is one of many RTJ II ground-breaking projects, which include Moscow Country Club, the first 18-hole golf course in Russia, and Spring City, in Yunnan Province, the #1 resort course in China.
RTJ II golf courses have hosted tournaments on every major golf tour in the world – most recently the 2015 U.S. Open Championship (Chambers Bay) and 2016 U.S. Women’s Open Championship (CordeValle). They have also hosted special events such as the World Cup of Golf, The Skins Game, The Grand Slam, and many others. More than 100 of RTJ II’s courses have played host to such events.