Golf Course Architecture - Issue 70, October 2022

37 TEE BOX Haninge overhauls Yellow nine Haninge Golfklubb, located 20 miles south of Stockholm, Sweden, has reopened its renovated Yellow nine as part of an ongoing project based on a master plan created by (re)GOLF. “The club has 27 holes, but the Red and Yellow nines are the original 18-hole course,” said Pontus Leijon, junior design associate at (re)GOLF. “It is over 35 years old, and the infrastructure was outdated. The irrigation was breaking down and the drainage was not functioning well in many places, especially in the bunkers.” In August 2021, contractor Nelson Vecchio started overhauling all tees, bunkers, greens, irrigation and drainage. Work was completed in April, with the holes opening at the start of August 2022. “We took our inspiration from the site’s beautiful heathland nature which has Årsta Castle in the centre,” said Leijon. “Our goal has been to create a heathland-parkland style course where strategy and creativity around the greens is important. The new bunkers are placed in more strategic places to give golfers a new dimension and, together with the castle, an experience not found elsewhere in Sweden.” Every hole on the Yellow nine now has new tees, bunkers lined with Capillary Concrete, sandcapped green surrounds, USGA-specified bentgrass greens and a new Rain Bird irrigation system. “On several holes we have made changes to the lakes and streams and implemented rock walls,” said Leijon. “The bunkers and water hazards have been moved closer to the greens. This has made the course more beautiful and given golfers a greater challenge. “There have also been changes made to the fairway mowing lines. In general, the fairways are quite a lot wider now. The move from poa greens to creeping bent, together with the new irrigation and drainage, will give the club a longer playing season.” Work has now turned to the Red nine, which were closed for construction in August with a view to reopening within a year. Photo: re(GOLF)