Located in the Central Denmark town of Kerteminde, Great Northern is now open to play. It is the first course in the country by Nicklaus Design, a global golf course design firm founded by Jack Nicklaus is widely regarded as the world’s leading design firm, with more than 410 golf courses in 44 countries and 39 U.S. states.
The Nicklaus Design effort was headed by Dirk Bouts, a Senior Design Associate who oversees the firm’s work throughout Europe and has been with Nicklaus Design for 26 years.
“There is plenty of ‘drama’ to enjoy at the higher section of the golf course around the hill, where you can see the sea,” Bouts added. “The lower section is set within the wetlands and we created water features that are spectacular to look at and that add a level of joy to the golf experience.
Great Northern is owned by Thomas Kirk Kristiansen. “With Great Northern, we wish to create a unique course where locals and visitors, elite golfers and new beginners, can play side-by-side in a relaxed atmosphere,” Kristiansen said. “Our inspiration is some of the very best courses in the world, as well as Kerteminde’s beautiful countryside, and on this basis, we have created a course that is fun to play for everyone—both experienced golfers and new beginners. I hope that local residents in Kerteminde, as well as keen golfers in Denmark and from all over the world, will enjoy this course and help to make Great Northern a natural gathering spot for some great golf and enjoyable social interaction.”
In addition to the 18-hole golf course, open to members and daily-fee players, Great Northern also has a training course, a 9-hole course, a restaurant, and 15 hotel rooms. Later, a spa and wellness center will be added to the property’s amenities.
Great Northern is gearing up to host some of the largest international tournaments, while also creating an open and dynamic clubhouse community. The hallmarks of Denmark’s newest golf course are that it is challenging for the most skilled golfers, inviting and playable for the less-experienced, and fun for everyone.