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Sorenstam announces first European course design

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Annika Sorenstam is set to begin her first European course design project - though perhaps not in the country you'd expect.

The Swede announced that her course architecture company, Annika Course Design, will begin work in 2016 on a new course at Estonian Golf & Country Club. The course, located near the Baltic nation's capital of Tallinn, is projected to open in 2019.

“It’s exciting to be designing my first golf course in Europe, especially one that is close to home,” Sorenstam said in a release. "The golf industry has been talking a lot about the need to develop golf facilities that are more flexible and family-friendly, and this is a venue that is actually making it happen."

The course will replace a nine-hole layout currently on property, and will complement the existing 18-hole Sea Course that previously hosted a European Tour qualifier in 2011. Sorenstam's design will measure 7,050 yards from the back tees, with a set of forward tees measuring 4,375 yards.

Sorenstam's prior design work has included courses in China, South Africa and South Korea.