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Tim McDonald: Sweden, Denmark golf's new great destinations?

I haven't played enough golf yet in eastern Denmark and southern Sweden – a geographical area known as Oresund – to call it the Great Undiscovered Golf Destination, but I can definitely say it's promising.

First of all, golf is cheaper here than probably any other place in Western Europe, and cheaper than many places in the U.S. The game is growing like wildfire in Denmark – second behind only soccer – and it's been a mainstay for family fun in Sweden for years.

Secondly, there are quite a few golf courses to choose from. In Skane, which takes up much of southern Sweden, there are more than 100 courses within a 90-minute drive.

That includes Barseback, a truly excellent course that is part links and part parkland, and always ranked as one of the best courses in Europe. I played the course this week and would rank it as an upper-echelon course in the U.S.

It also includes Ljunghusen and Falsterbo, two links courses on a spit of land that juts out in the North Sea. At Ljunghusen, which I played today, I thought I was back in Scotland, with all the heather and sea breezes.

In Denmark, the Royal Copenhagen Golf Club is a treat, a course inside a 400-year-old park where literally thousands of big, Swedish deer roam the fairways and greens. Oh, and there's a castle near the 16th green.

This part of the world has really opened up since they built the Oresund Bridge, which connects Sweden and Denmark. It's a blast to drive over, with the big windmills off in the distance.

Skane doesn't have the wild nightlife Copenhagen does, but the big Danish capital is only a half-hour drive away over the bridge.

Look for the full story on the region and more course reviews coming soon.

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