In April of 2007, Annika unveiled her new golf academy, Annika’s Academy of Golf Fitness at the Reunion Resort & Club near Orlando.
She concluded her LPGA career in 2008, winning three times that season to bring her LPGA Tour win total to 72 and her career win total to 89.
“When I first showed her pictures of the landscape overlooking the Gulf of Finland and the Jägala River Delta, it reminded her of where she grew up and so I think she immediately felt at home with this project.” The new 18-hole course will replace the existing 9-hole Stone Course at Estonian Golf & Country Club, and will complement the championship Sea Course, which in 2011 hosted European qualifying for the Omega Mission Hills World Cup, the final of which was staged at the upscale Chinese resort which also boasts an ANNIKA layout will command outstanding views over the Rebala National Heritage Area, within which the GEO Certified™ country club is situated.
Using the long, native grasses and firm turf, the course will have a links-like look and feel.
Tees will be spread out with the tournament course measuring 6,445m (7,050 yards), while fully constructed forward tees will create a genuine 4,000m (4,375 yards) course for juniors and new golfers.
Annika said: “It’s exciting to be designing my first golf course in Europe, especially one that is close to home.
Annika Sorenstam shows she can hang with the men She shot the same score yesterday as Lee Janzen, who has won the U. And she would have been right there with the big boys ahead of her on the leader board if she hadn't three-putted twice, including her last hole, and left a lot of makeable birdie putts all over the course. "I thought it would go away after a few holes, but it didn't." It didn't show.
Annika has been selected both for the caliber of her design work – she has designed three courses worldwide to date – and her appreciation of a project that is targeting families and golf tourists from Scandinavia and the rest of Europe.
Estonian Golf & Country Club, which is part of the European Tour Properties network of world class golf venues, and home to a successful real estate development, plans to construct a 150-room hotel in three phases and develop leisure amenities including a spa and tennis academy.
Annika Sörenstam, widely regarded as the greatest female golfer of all time, is to design her first course in Europe, at Estonian Golf & Country Club.
The new course, which will complement the venue’s acclaimed Sea Course, rated among Europe’s top 100 courses*, is part of a major development to create a family leisure resort and spa overlooking the Gulf of Finland.