Nature’s own golf course
Wadden Sea National Park: one of the most pristine natural areas in Denmark. Untouched and undisturbed – nature is left to its own devices – the birds, the wind, the sea. And the only people for miles around are walking about swinging clubs: golfers!
Just behind the first row of dunes, among the green hillocks, heather and native grasses lies the oldest golf course in Denmark – and the country’s only genuine links course: Fanø Golf Links. At Fanø Golf Links the sport is brought back to its original form as it evolved in Scotland, and you can experience the pleasure and challenge of the game like it was meant to be played.
It is hard to see, unless you know it is there. The low-lying areas in the dunescape are fairways; the dunes are the rough. This is nature’s own golf course, with the teeing grounds on the tops of the dunes opening up to breathtaking views of the island against the backdrop of the tempestuous North Sea.
We are, of course, honoured that the British golf magazine Golf World has ranked us the fourth-best links course in Continental Europe. And according to golfclubatlas.com, Fanø Golf Links is among the 20 most raw and genuine courses in the world when it comes to natural beauty. But we would rather leave it to the players themselves to assess the course after a round – and wish them a hearty welcome to Fanø Golf Links.
An adventure from tee to green
Like the original links courses, Fanø Golf Links is situated by the sea – and with the first magical swing, you are spirited back to nature and back to the game the way it originated centuries ago in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Enjoy a voyage of discovery through sand dunes and thick rough of lyme grass and heather – and undulating fairways, which were once at the bottom of the sea. There are several blind holes with greens hidden behind dunes – who needs bunkers, the sand will just drift anyway – and the dunes and the tougher greens make the approach, in particular, a work of art.
You need to use your imagination and master a variety of strokes. The course may be short in kilometres, but it offers unending play opportunities and alternative shots that continually change with the wind, weather and passing of the seasons.
The open, hilly fairways, the firm, cropped turf and the wind affect the game, creating sudden gusts and surprising bounces – and even the most skilled player rediscovers his youth as he runs up and down the dunes in the hopes of finding the ball in a lucky spot.
It is with good reason that the British Open is played on a links course like the one you will find at Fanø Golf Links. This is how golf was meant to be played: in the meeting between sea and land, man and nature – and between control and chance, where fate plays a hand.