mcbroom No. 1 in Finland
Tom McBroom passed along the interesting news that a couple of his courses have been well received in Finland. In a Golf Digest Finland ranking, McBroom courses finished first and third. The two courses are at the same facility. Now from what I can tell by a brief Internet search, Finland doesn’t have the same number of courses as Canada; one site said there were 107 courses. But no matter, being the best in a country is a great achievement and McBroom’s international success is noted.
Of course, Tom always has a great many courses on the SCOREGolf Top 100. As I’ve written here before, his best work may be the new Tobiano course in Kamloops although I’m still partial to Crowbush Cove.
Here’s the release about the Golf Digest Finland ranking:
Golf Digest Finland ranked Kytäjä Golf’s South East as the best course in Finland in 2007. In the same ranking Kytäjä’s North West course finished in third place. The ranking was done by a panel of experts numbering 129 men and women golfers.
In conjunction with the Golf Digest ranking, a second ranking conducted by surveying active golfers on the internet portal golfpiste.com was released. Over 1500 golfers picked in random participated in the survey.
The results were exactly the same for the top three with Kytäjä’s courses finishing first and third.
The Golf Digest ranking is the most extensive ever done in Finland. The panelists were able to pick theirfavorites from 142 Finnish courses. The Top 20 were published in issue 2/2007.
Both courses at Kytäjä Golf were designed by the Canadian golf course architect Thomas McBroom.
The South East course was opened on 2003. A par-71 layout measuring 6369 meters (6965 yards) is characterized by swooping land forms, deep bunkers, and challenging greens. The front nine has a parkland feel with extensive elevation changes, while links-style back nine circles around Lake Kytäjä.