Golf News for Monday, July 29, 2013 | Travel

Top3Golf helping grow Denmark into recognised golf destination

A collection of Denmark's finest golf clubs has been bolstered by the addition of Scandinavia's largest golf complex, creating one of the region's leading golf destination groups. Championing the East Jutland region of Denmark, the Top3Golf group has actively promoted this idyllic area for two years and is now set to take its activities to the next level.

"We are extremely lucky to have four world-class venues located in a relatively small but beautiful part of Denmark," explained Mads Rugholm, manager at Silkeborg Ry Golfklub - the newest member of group. "It is unusual to find so many courses situated almost side by side that have been recognised both nationally and internationally, and we think that makes for a great golfing destination. Our objective is to showcase our fantastic scenery and wonderful courses so golfers from across Europe and beyond can discover golf in Denmark."

The clubs that make up Top3Golf are some of Denmark's most revered golf courses, including Lübker Golf Resort which is widely regarded as Denmark's premier track. The group collaborates with local hotels to create tailor-made packages that include three rounds of top-quality golf. In fact, since the clubs are located centrally, each course can be visited easily while staying at any one of a number of accommodation options including those in the vibrant city of Aarhus or the tranquil Silkeborg area.

The Top3Golf brand was created in 2011 to promote the very best golf experiences in Denmark. This latest addition further strengthens the group and its ability to showcase some of Europe's leading golfing venues. But as well as promoting golf, the clubs have joined forces to champion the outstandingly scenic beauty of East Jutland; one of northern Europe's best kept golfing secrets.

"Although the quality of golf in Jutland is outstanding, outside of Denmark it is sometimes overlooked," Rugholm continued. "This is an area known for its beauty but the golf is also a great reason to visit. Add to that the wonderful combination of exciting cities, family attractions and pristine beaches, and you can see why Top3Golf has come together to tell the world all about this fantastic region."

The group's focus on quality is embodied in the championship layout at Lübker Golf Resort which matches a Robert Trent Jones II design with a fantastic clubhouse and selection of restaurants located just 15 minutes from Aarhus airport. Lübker is recognised as the best golf course in Denmark and was recently named the 17th best course in Europe by Top100golfcourses.co.uk.

Not to be outdone, the stunning layout at Stensballegaard was nominated in the Best New Course category of the 2010 Golf Inc magazine awards and was recently included in Rolex's list of the World's Top 1000 Golf Courses. Designed by Rick Baril from the internationally acclaimed architectural firm of von Hagge, Smelek and Baril, the 27-hole complex is one to savour with stunning views of Horsens Fjord.

Lyngbygaard is the third original member of the Top3Golf group and like Stensballegaard was designed by Rick Baril in collaboration with Ryder Cup star Thomas Bjorn. Located just outside Denmark's second city of Aarhus, this 27-hole complex is characterised by giant greens with bunkers to match.

The Top3Golf line-up was completed earlier this year when Silkeborg Ry Golfklub joined the group. Opened in 1966, the layout is a regular in Denmark's top 10 courses thanks to its tree-lined fairways laced with colourful heather. The 27-hole layout was recently expanded to include another 27-hole layout creating the largest golf complex in Scandinavia.

With the European Team Championship recently being held at Silkeborg and the European Tour returning to Denmark for the first time in over a decade next year, Dannish golf is on a high. "These are exciting times for the Top3Golf group and Denmark as a whole," said Rugholm. "For golfers looking for something different, we have a wonderful cluster of quality courses, great hotels and stunning scenery. I think it would be difficult to find a golfing location anywhere in the world with so much to offer."

Notes

1) Top3Golf was created two years ago to promote golf tourism in the Jutland region of Denmark. To achieve this, the group will encourage product development, marketing initiatives and promotional activities in order to attract visitors to the region.
2) The group consists of four 18-hole golf courses and eight accommodation providers.
3) Founding members include Lübker Golf Resort, Lyngbygaard Golf and Stensballegaard Golf. The group was joined this year by Silkeborg Ry Golfklub.
4) The participating accommodation providers include Hotel Opus Horsens, Scandic Bygholm Park, Lübker Golf Resort, Scandic Aarhus City, Scandic Plaza Aarhus, Montra Hotel Sabro Kro, Scandic Vest and Scandic Silkeborg.
5) The green and hilly landscape of East Jutland was formed by glaciers with valleys, gorges and deep fjords being carved by ice and the flow of glacial melt water. It is also home to several family attractions including Legoland, Viking ruins and numerous beaches.
6) For further information about Top3Golf, please visit www.top3golf.dk

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