We admit this is the course in our Continental European Top 100 about which we know the least. But we know enough to rank it in 83rd, albeit with the proviso we admit it may be a cautious position because only two correspondents have played it.
It’s not because we are lazy – it only opened for play last year – and it will be reviewed in full in spring 202.
Located in the central Denmark town of Kerteminde, it is the first Nicklaus Design course in Denmark.
Great Northern has ambitions to host the biggest tournaments, and Nicklaus Design were well aware of what was required, acknowledging “it is challenging for the most skilled golfers”.
That was the verdict of our correspondents, but they also pointed to The Great Northern as being playable for normal golfers – not least because Nicklaus Design took into account the significant winds that are often a factor.
Big, bold and muscular, Great Northern entered the Continental European list at the first possible opportunity.
It is, more than anything though, a high-quality course in terms of its build and maintenance.
Nicklaus Design have successfully maximised the natural terrain and its features by incorporating interesting holes seamlessly in it.
There are two sections to Great Northern; most of the highs are literally when the course is on the higher section, around a hill, where you can see the sea.
And then there is a lower section among wetlands that is characterised by water features.
Big, bold and muscular, Great Northern entered the Continental European list at the first possible opportunity and it will be fascinating to see where this modern course ends up in the ranking.
In addition to the 18-hole course, there is nine-holer, and it also qualifies for our Resorts ranking as it has 15 hotel rooms.