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Eric Karlberg’s job at SAS has taken him across the globe and at the same time given him the chance to ­indulge in his favorite pastime – playing golf. Here are a few of his most-loved courses.

 

Le Golf National

Despite being “only” 28 years old, this is one of France’s most well-known golf courses. The ­Stadium course is a challenging test for anyone, no matter what their skill level is. What makes it special is that every hole is secluded, meaning there are only a few spots where you can see other players. If you’re a spec­tator, though, you can see every hole from the surrounding hills. It’s also only about 10-15 minutes from Chateau de Versailles, so the location is great.

Östersund-Frösö Golf Club

This was my first club, so it has a special place in my heart. The season isn’t that long but you’re rewarded with beautiful days in late June and into July. You can enjoy the midnight sun and the view is spectacular. The atmosphere is warm and friendly and you get a feeling of being taken care of in this beautiful setting. If you’re lucky, you might get a glimpse of the sea monster Storsjöodjuret in the nearby lake.

Real Club de Golf de las Palmas

Also known as Bandama Golf Club, this is one of Spain’s oldest and best-known clubs, probably because of its location on the flat part of a volcano crater. You can play any time of the year and although the weather can sometimes be challenging, for the most part it’s beautiful and the view is great. There is also a small hotel by the first tee that has a nice recreational feel to it.

The Royal Golf Club of Belgium

Located in Brussels, this club is also known as Ravenstein and was founded by King Leopold in 1906 on his estate, Ravenstein Castle. It’s in the Tervuren ­botanical gardens and when you play this course, you can enjoy all of the different trees that were imported from around the world at the request of the king.

Last edited: January 3, 2019

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