South East, the older of the two courses at Kytäjä was completed in 2003. As the first world-class course in Finland it garnered immediate interest and attention. Due to diligent maintenance and determined development, its position as the number one course in Finland has only strengthened over the last several years.
South East has a dual personality. The first nine holes are situated in a spacious forest landscape with great variations in elevation. Many of the holes are played downhill with spectacular scenery from the tees giving a hint of the challenges to come.
The back nine is more level and open reminiscent of traditional links-style courses. The par 5 holes 14 and 18 border crystal clear Lake Kytäjä lending a distinct visual atmosphere while challenging players to contemplate taking some risky shots. Typical features of the South East course include wide fairways, deep bunkers and expansive greens. The boldly shaped and multifaceted greens, which are often elevated with false fronts, are demanding to play well.
North West, Kytäjä’s second course, completed in August 2004, is also named after its geographic location. The North West course meanders through changing topography offering both visual delights as well as engaging playing conditions. Were in not for its location also in Kytäjä, the North West course would undoubtedly compete on equal footing with South East for title of best course in Finland.
The first five holes of North West are located in an expansive and open landscape reminiscent of those fabled places where golf was first played so long ago. The rest of the course is situated in diverse and rugged terrain bringing changes in elevation. Rocky outcroppings border some of the holes and give the course its distinct personality. The view from back tee of 17th overlooking Lake Kytäjä, both courses, and the clubhouse complex will awe each and every player.
The shaping of North West is horizontally and vertically softer than its sibling South East. In addition, rounded tees, wide fairways and open green fronts make this course slightly friendlier to play.