Kongens Lyngby, Hovedstaden DK-2800
18 holes. Open parkland. Gently undulating terrain - a few slopes to climb.
Woodland & open parkland.
Following the club's move to its present site in 1928, the golf course was laid out by an unknown Scottish designer, with later changes made by Frederik Dreyer. More recently major renovations were designed by Tom Mackenzie of Mackenzie & Ebert (2008/09).
3 km N of Klampenborg / 13 km N of Copenhagen.
You cannot drive your car (or get a taxi) directly to the clubhouse. Access is via the parking area at Springforbivej 6, 2930 Klampenborg (close to the ocean). Once parked, walk through the small tunnel under the railway and through the red gate – entering Dyrehaven. Here you turn right and walk approximately 700m to the clubhouse, which is tucked away behind huge chestnut trees.
Københavns Golf Klub (Royal Copenhagen Golf Club): here at Scandinavia's oldest golf club, a pleasantly testing golf course roams across the royal hunting grounds of Dyrehaven (Deer Park). Spectacularly antlered red deer (as well as sika and fallow deer) are still here in abundance. They no longer need to fear hunters on horseback, as much as errant shots from wayward golfers employing a little white ball.
This predominantly open layout is flanked to the north by towering oak and chestnut trees; open parkland lies to the south. Two good length par-3s start and finish the out-and-back routing, with a varied and natural collection of holes in-between. Within the bounds of this expansively open hunting park, any feeling of "sameness" on the front-nine, is corrected by greater elevation changes on the back-nine. Both nines take you west towards the village of Hjortekær.
Very natural throughout, there is a distinctly "rustic" and ecology-driven feel to much of the course. Wooden bunker rakes and wooden flagsticks testify to that. If you stray too far from the generally good-width fairways, finding your ball may not be as much a problem as playing from heavily rutted ground. In some areas of the rough, many small mounds have been "crafted" over the years by rabbits. However, this touch of "rusticity" doesn't feel remotely out of place. It delightfully underlines the view held by the late Peter Thomson that a round of golf should be more akin to a cross-country safari, than a walk through a highly manicured garden.
This famous old Copenhagen course, an essential part of the Scandinavian golfing experience, has in the past played host to the world's very best players. It still lays down an enjoyable challenge, with a thoroughly natural feel and an absorbing variety of holes. From many parts of the course you'll see the Hermitage Castle (Eremitageslottet), still occasionally used by the royal family as a hunting lodge.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance. Maximum handicap: 31.8 men & women.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Players generally walk this course.
Established in 1898, Kobenhavns is the oldest golf club in Scandinavia. The club moved to its current location in 1928, thus handing the honour of being Denmark's oldest golf course to Fanø Golf Links (1901). The "Royal" prefix (only used in the English version of the club's name), was unusually not granted by royal prerogative from the ruling monarch. Rather it was adopted when the club turned 100-years-old, and required permission from the Royal Copenhagen porcelain company (who hold all naming rights for "Royal Copenhagen").
Initially Copenhagen Golf Club played on Lammefælleden ("Lambs Commons") close to Vibenshus Runddel in Copenhagen; here the holes were dug by the players each morning and filled-in again in the evening. After a few years the club rented an area south-west of the Hermitage Castle (which dates from 1736), where a 9-hole course was created opposite Klampenborg racetrack in 1899. In 1928 the current 18-hole course, located in full view to the northwest of the castle, was inaugurated. 16 of the 18 holes are still played in the same order as back then.
The club has hosted numerous top level tournaments including European circuit events (in its Copenhagen Cup days) and more recently European Senior Tour events (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Royal Copenhagen).
2018 Golf World rating: among the second 100 best courses in continental Europe.
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