Annika Sörenstam, widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time, is to design her first course in Europe, at Estonian Golf & Country Club. The new course, which will complement the venue’s Sea Course, is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Annika has designed three courses worldwide to date.
Estonian Golf & Country Club plans to construct a 150-room hotel in three phases and develop leisure facilities including a spa and tennis academy. The new 18-hole course will replace the existing 9-hole Stone Course at Estonian Golf & Country Club. On high, flat land above a limestone escarpment that drops down to a pine forest and the Sea Course, the new layout will command outstanding views over the Rebala National Heritage Area. Using the long, native grasses and firm turf, the course will have a links-like look and feel. Tees will be spread out with the tournament course measuring 6,445m (7,050 yards), while fully constructed forward tees will create a genuine 4,000m (4,375 yards) course for juniors and new golfers.
Annika said: “It’s exciting to be designing my first golf course in Europe, especially one that is close to home." Annika is currently working on course plans with European Golf Design (EGD), the golf course design company of the European Tour and IMG, with groundwork scheduled to start in 2016.