Golf in Croatia

6 courses
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You could be forgiven for thinking that golf in Croatia would not have much of a history; however it goes all the way back to 1920’s. In the past, golf was considered to be a sport only for the upper classes; however in more recent years it has gained in popularity. The enchanting landscape and scenery of the country, not to mention its incredibly beautiful coastline, matched with its temperate climate, means that it has the potential to become a major golfing holiday destination.

In recent years, the number of golf courses has doubled from three to six. A number of factors, including the class issue and concern about water consumption in a notoriously dry country, halted the progress of golf in the country. However, the advantages of tempting golfers to the region to boost tourism seem to have outweighed the previous ecological fears.

One new course, Golf Adriatic , has chosen a novel way of combatting these fears by watering the majority of the course with collected rain water. Located on the Istrian peninsula, magnificent views of the sea are on offer all over the 18-hole championship course. The golf club also has a fantastic Club House and Pro Shop as well as impressive practise facilities.

The Golf and Country Club in Zagreb  is home to an 18-hole championship course and also a 9-hole Par 3 . The club has a great atmosphere and is the perfect place to go for a social game with friends or colleagues.

The first course to beopened in Croatia was the Brijuni golf course , set on the island of Brijuni in the Adriatic Sea, in 1922.

Playing at Brijuni is a completely different experience to any that you would have had before whilst playing golf. Set in Brijuni National Park, green fees are paid for at the Brijuni tourist office before boarding a boat across to the course!

The completely unique surroundings are what entice the majority of golfers playing amongst untouched nature at its finest where neither machinery nor pesticides are used. Have you ever lined up a putt on a sand green whilst being in the presence of deer, rabbits and peacocks?!

One area of Croatia which still is behind the times with regards to golf facilities is Dalmatia; however there are an abundance of plans afoot to change this. Cities such as Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar all have plans to open new golf courses in the near future.

The Mediterranean climate combined with the picturesque scenery makes Croatia the perfect place to play golf. The Adriatic coast is renowned as one of the sunniest places in Europe.

Away from golf, Croatia has become one of the top holiday destinations in the entire world. It was picked as the ‘hottest destination’ in 2005 by Lonely Planet.

Croatia is a country with rich traditions and cultures. It has numerous world heritage sites from various periods including the Greek and Roman. Dubrovnik, for example, has an astonishing ancient city wall which is 25 metres high and offers magnificent views from the top; whilst Split is built around the magnificent Palace of Dioclectian.

It is popular to hop across to the numerous islands which are sparsely populated. These islands are surrounded by the most pristine water in Europe, and their coastline is little touched by mass tourism.

Access to Croatia by air is excellent daily flights are available from all over Europe. Once in Croatia, there has been considerable investment in the quality of roads over the past decade. It is easy to rent a car and many international and local car hire firms have in Croatia’s airports and cities. The major cities have bus/tram services.

There are various quality golf packages available for golfers of all abilities and with the interesting history and culture, fantastic hospitality, superb cuisine and the comparatively unexplored golf courses; why not head to Croatia for your next golf holiday ?




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Destinations in Croatia

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Istria 1 6.3
Islands 1 N/R
Zagreb 4 N/R
  • Golf Adriatic
    Would play again
    Was on a business trip last October, not knowing what to expect, because I had not played in Croatia before, and ended up having a really good time. We all had a good time actually. Good location by the Kempinski and the sea. Staff were all very welcoming and the course was top. The only negative was the muddy conditions, and some wear on the track, but apart from that was a decent play.
    Golf Adriatic
    8.3 / 10 stars
    this review is the subjective opinion of a GOLFBOO user and not of GOLFBOO S.L