In July this year, Henrik Stenson made history. The 40-year-old player birdied four of his final five holes to win his first major with an Open Championship record score of 20 under par at Royal Troon in Scotland. By doing so, Henrik Stenson became the first male Swedish major champion. His career to date has seen him ranked in the world’s top ten for over 250 weeks, and his highest ranking of second is by far the best from any male Swedish golfer. And whilst fellow Swede Annika Sörenstam is one of the most successful players in history having won 90 tournaments making her the female golfer with most wins to her name, Stenson’s Open Championship victory was both a world-first –his impressive score eclipsing Tiger Wood’s Open Championship record of 19 under par played at St. Andrews- and a personal one.
Stenson was born in Gothenberg, Sweden’s second largest city after Stockholm, and played his first round of golf at the age of 12. No one in his family played golf but a friend had introduced him to the sport at a driving range and he was instantly hooked. His father accompanied him to golf lessons at the Gullbringa Golf Club and by the age of 13, he was playing off a handicap of 9. Perhaps it was the remarkable location that helped nurture this rising star in the game of golf. The Gullbringa Golf and Country Club is located a stone’s throw from the picturesque archipelago island of Marstrand adorned with cobbled medieval streets and a striking fortress. A 27-hole course, Gullbringa offers a unique mixture of perfect greens, generous fairways and challenging water hazards. Known simply as “GGCC”, Gullbringa lies in the heart of the golfing district north of Gothenburg and offers the perfect excuse for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the extraordinary Swedish city.
Gothenburg, known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards lined with cafés and boutiques, is popular for its world-class seafood as well as its multitude of cultural events throughout the summertime including music and film festivals attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the west coast.
Take a cruise around the archipelago, dine on the sumptuous fruits of the North Sea and enjoy the crisp salty air and late summer evenings whilst completing a round at the birthplace of a Swedish champion. Turkish Airlines fly direct to Gothenburg every day so walking the fairways of Stenson’s youth is more accessible than you might think. Book your flights at www.turkishairlines.com/Book-Now.
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