Danish debut for RTJ II

Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley

Denmark's first Robert Trent Jones II (RTJII) designed golf course was formally unveiled recently at the Skjoldenæsholm Golf Centre.

The course, which is about 30 miles from Copenhagen, was designed as a championship golf course that showcases the variations of Denmark's native landscape.

"Wherever we've been given the opportunity to introduce new golf courses around the globe we started our work with a commitment to sustainable design and development," said Bruce Charlton, president and chief design officer for RTJII.

"Skjoldenæsholm is the result of our experience designing more than 240 golf courses worldwide, matched with our ability to understand a specific geographical area." The new layout is the first in Denmark to provide five sets of tees, as opposed to the traditional two. With yardages on the par 72 course ranging from 4,822 to 6,523 metres, it is ideal for golfers of all playing levels.

The open layout routes along former farmland framed by forests and is defined by its rolling terrain and fescue grasses. The RTJ II design joins the Old Course at Skjoldenæsholm Golf Centre to create a 36- hole complex, complete with a newly designed practice facility.

"This golf course is about position," Charlton said. "Rather than pulling out a driver on every par four, golfers will find that at times an iron will do the trick. Every time you play the golf course, you will learn that there always is a new and different way to play a hole."