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Kytäjä | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Kytäjä Golf is the leading Finnish venue on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list, and you can completely understand why. With two championship golf courses, a range of stunning accommodation options and those perfect Scandinavian touches, a stay at Kytäjä is wondrous.

Starting with the golf, there is not just one, but there are two championship golf courses in the grounds of Kytäjä. Canadian Thomas McBloom was the man to design the two courses - the South East and North West - which opened in a two-year span. Both have played host to the Finnish Challenge on the European Challenge Tour, with the resort being the home to the annual tournament from 2012 to 2014.

Not only that, but the practice facilities at the resort are second to none. During the summer season, when the course is open, the driving range is played off grass tees to allow golfers to acclimatise with the conditions. There are a number of target greens which have bunkers around them to replicate what life will be like out on the course. There is also a short game area with approach green, bunker area, chipping green and two putting greens, and lessons are available from the Golf Academy, through Head Professional Juha-Pekka Peltomaki.

For guests looking to stay at Kytäjä, the array of accommodation is typically Scandinavian. The newly-opened Hotel Torola, which was originally a 1940s residential building for the staff on the estate, offers 20 rooms, including a huge Family Room in the attic. The basement has been converted into a lounge and sauna which is free to use for guests of the Torola. There is also the Uni Villa Studios and Suites, which offer a more private stay at Kytäjä. The Suites have that real Scandinavian feel, with their own private sauna. 

 
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Kytäjä Overview | NCG Top 100s: European Golf Resorts

Two Epic Golf Courses

Kytäjä is home to not one, but two stunning championship golf courses. It is the leading Finnish resort for this reason, thanks to the wonderful design of Canadian Thomas McBloom. Both the South East Course and the North West Course are designed with a true North American feel, but with that Nordic touch.

The South East Course
McBloom’s first design at Kytäjä was the South East Course, which opened in 2003. It is regarded by many as one of the best golf courses in the entire country. The course is just shy of 7,000 yards from the back tees. 

The opening nine on the South East Course wind through typical Finnish forestry, and there are plenty of elevation changes. The back nine is flatter, and plays more like a links course. Several holes on the back nine run alongside the shortline of Lake Kytäjä, with wide fairways and undulating greens.

At 590 yards, the 4th hole is the longest on the South East Course, and it is a dog-leg left away from one of the many water hazards on the course. Both 6 and 16 are long par-3s measuring around 225 yards. The 6th plays uphill making it feel more like 240 yards, while the 16th green is surrounded by bunkers. The closing hole on the South East Course is a par-5, which winds its way around a water hazard that is down the entirety of the left side. It is a truly stunning finish to the course. 

The North West Course
Just a year after the South East Course opened, McBloom’s second design at Kytäjä was opened. The North West Course, which takes up the space on the opposite side of the resort, opened in 2004. 

The opening few holes of the North West Course are in the wide open expanses by Lake Kytäjä, before moving into the forest landscape, in keeping with how it is a direct opposite of its slightly older sibling. It also measures more than 7,000 yards, making it the longer of the two courses at Kytäjä.

There are stunning holes throughout, but the back nine is where the real test begins. The 11th is a 240-yard par-3 from the back tees, playing over a small dip to a huge green with three bunkers on the left side. The 17th tee is the most elevated on the property, and provides incredible views over the course. It is also the longest hole on the North West Course and has a glorious lake to the left side of the fairway. The closing hole is also a challenge and it seems there is more sand than fairway. There are eight bunkers in total on the 18th.


Both courses have championship status. The venue was the home to the Finnish Challenge on the European Challenge Tour for three successive years. The South East hosted the event in both 2012 and 2014, with the North West Course hosting the event in 2013. The South East also played host to the Jacques Leglise Trophy in 2018.

Kytäjä Golf Academy

Not only does Kytäjä have two incredible golf courses, but it is also home to some of the best practising facilities in the country. The driving range occupies 12 hectares of space in the Finnish forests, and has a row of grass tees to allow golfers to acclimatise to the conditions of the ground before taking to the course. 

The range features seven target greens at different distances, each of which has bunkers around it to replicate the challenge that is to come on either of the two championship courses. There is also a stunning short game area, with two putting greens and three practice bunkers. 

The high quality practice facilities of Kytäjä Golf provide perfect conditions for practising and coaching. Golf instruction is available for players and groups of all levels, with Juha-Pekka Peltomaki, an experienced PGA-qualified instructor, the man to provide the coaching from the Golf Academy.

Sublime Accommodation

There is a stunning selection of accommodation choices at the Kytäjä Resort. A brand new hotel - the Hotel Torola - was opened in 2023 to accompany the existing Una Villa Studios and Una Villa Suites that already played host to guests throughout the year.

Una Villa Studios 
The Una Villa Studios are one of the main accommodation options at Kytäjä, and they offer high-quality accommodation and contemporary Scandinavian design. They are based near the golf course, and during the summer season, guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the clubhouse restaurant.

Each Villa Studio comes with two twin beds, which can be pushed together to make a double bed, a luxurious bathroom with shower, and kitchen amenities, including a kettle, microwave, and fridge. There is also an LCD TV and free Wi-Fi for all guests staying in the Una Villa Studios.

Una Villa Suites
The Una Villa Suites back on to the Studios in the Finnish forests. With a separate living and dining area to the bedroom, it truly is a home away from home. Like the Studios, they are based near the golf course, and during the summer season, guests can enjoy breakfast in the clubhouse restaurant.

The Suites come with a double bed, and the option to add in additional bed for either an adult or two children. There are the same kitchen amenities as in the Studios, but in true Scandinavian fashion, each of the Una Villa Suites comes with its own private sauna. 

Hotel Torola
What is now a hotel was once the residential building for the staff members of the Kytäjä Estate. Built in the 1940s, Hotel Torola has been given a new life, and opened in late 2023 as the newest accommodation option at the resort.

Each room at Hotel Torola has an en-suite bathroom and private showers. There is a range of rooms, from Doubles to Family Rooms, including accessible rooms for those with disabilities. The biggest room comes in the attic of the property, which is suited to larger families, while the basement of the property has been converted into a lounge and sauna for guests of the hotel to use free of charge.

FAQs about Kytäjä

Where is Kytäjä located?
Kytäjä is the only Finnish resort to claim a place on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list, and it is situated in the southern part of the country. Kytäjä is located around an hour north from the nation’s capital city, Helsinki.

What is the nearest airport to Kytäjä?
Helsinki Airport is the nearest international airport to Kytäjä, and thanks to being situated in the north of the city, it is only a 45-minute drive from the resort. The airport operates daily flights to the majority of European countries, including several flights to a range of destinations in the United Kingdom.

What golf facilities does Kytäjä offer?
Not only does Kytäjä have two incredible golf courses, but it is also home to some of the best practising facilities in the country. There is a 12-hectare driving range with grass tees, allowing golfers to get used to the conditions of the ground before their round.

The range features seven target greens at different distances, each of which has bunkers around it to replicate the challenge that is to come on either of the two championship courses. There is also a stunning short game area, with two putting greens and three practice bunkers. 

Does Kytäjä offer golf lessons?
PGA-qualified professional Juha-Pekka Peltomaki is the Head Professional at Kytäjä, and the man to offer coaching and tuition from the Golf Academy. Lessons are available for golfers of all ages and abilities, from beginners learning the fundamentals of the game, to experienced golfers trying to fine tune their swings. 

What are the green fees at Kytäjä?
The price to play both the South East and North West courses at Kytäjä are the same. Those prices range from €75 to €120 depending on the time of year. Kytäjä’s website does not specify when those prices are in use, so that is something to check when booking.

What accommodation is on offer at Kytäjä?
The accommodation choices at Kytäjä are beautifully Scandinavian. Hotel Torola has recently opened and has 20 rooms in, ranging from Doubles to a big Family Room on the top floor. There are also accessible rooms for those with disabilities, and the basement is now a lounge and sauna.

The other options are linked, with the Una Villa Suites and Studios backing onto one another. The Studios are the smaller of the two choices, but come with their own kitchen amenities along with a double bed and bathroom. The Suites have the same facilities, along with a separate living/dining area, and the true Scandinavian touch, a private sauna. 

What other resorts are nearby?
Kytäjä is the only resort on the NCG Top 100 European Golf Resorts list to call Finland home. The closest resort on the list in terms of driving distance to Kytäjä would be Lofoten Links in Norway, but that is more than 900 miles away. Sand Valley, based in Poland, is closer, but requires a ferry crossing from Finland into Estonia before the drive south through Lithuania, Latvia and then into Poland.

There are plenty of other golf courses in the region, though. Hyvinkaa, Hirvihaaran, Nurmijarvi and Vihti are just some of the courses within a half hour drive from Kytäjä.

 
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