Golf in Czech Republic

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With over 50 golf courses and more than 50,000 associated members, golf in the Czech Republic is perhaps more popular than you might think. 

The inaugural D+D Real Czech Masters will see the European Tour returning to the Czech Republic in August 2014 for the first time since 1997. This has encouraged much excitement amongst Czech golfing circles and they are hoping that it will inspire more golfers among the younger generation.

Due to the fact that the country is land locked by Germany (to the west), Austria (to the east), Poland (to the north) and Slovakia (to the south); the majority of golf courses in the Czech Republic are parkland designs. Lush, well looked after fairways and large greens are a given and expect to be in the trees if you hit off line from the tee!

The host of the D+D Real Czech Masters will be the Albatross Golf Resort , on the outskirts of Prague. Opened for play in 2009, it has fast become recognised as one of the best golf courses in Czech Republic. As well as the challenging 18-hole course it has excellent practise facilities, fantastic hospitality and a new clubhouse - with a delightful restaurant serving a mix of local and international cuisine and an atmospheric bar with fantastic local beers on tap.

Another golf resort in the Prague area, which is home to two 18-hole championship courses and a 9-hole Par 3, is Konopiste. The Radecky  course was opened for play in 2002; undulating fairways and greens, which are very well protected by bunkers, create a challenge for golfers of all abilities. The other course on the resort, D’Este , was opened three years later in 2005.

One thing that is guaranteed with a golf holiday in Prague is that you will experience a vibrant nightlife - the comparatively young population and masses of tourists create an amazing atmosphere.

If you want to be away from the hustle and bustle that Prague offers and are looking for a more peaceful option head west to the Karlovy Vary region. Renowned for having some of the best spas in the world; it’s also becoming a popular destination for golf holidays due to the beautiful courses set amongst a charming landscape.

Karlovy Vary is home to the oldest golf course in the Czech Republic, dating all the way back to 1904. The Karlovy Vary  golf course was originally built as a 9-hole course but it was extended to 18 after a few years due to the sheer popularity of it! Heavy trees and a few water hazards again create a challenge for all golfers.

Less than an hour’s drive further west from Karlovy Vary is the Franzensbad  golf course, opened in 2002. Played on protected parkland in the attractive rural area of Hazlov, it is a challenging course with beautifully maintained fairways which are seamlessly incorporated into the beautiful natural surrounding landscape.

The golf season in the Czech Republic is very similar to other Central European countries. Courses are open from the end of March/early April until the middle/end of October but the real high season is in the summer where the gentle climate is preferred, by many, to the relentless heat and sun of the Southern Europe alternatives like Spain  and Portugal.

Away from golf, we have already mentioned the fantastic range of local beers and relaxing spas in the west, but there is so much more to the Czech Republic.

There are numerous national treasures to be explored with no fewer than 12 intriguing UNESCO heritage sites (there are less than 1000 in the world)! The absorbing atmosphere of its cities and various captivating castles and estates make it a really special place to visit.

Czech Republic has five international airports, spread over the whole country, which have regular daily flights to and from numerous cities across Europe. The ease of getting there is supported by the straightforwardness of the modern Czech transport systems.

Golf in the Czech Republic has a surprising long history and after substantial initial interest, the progress stalled somewhat towards the end of the 20th century. A number of new, first-class courses have begun to rectify the decline in popularity and record numbers of golfers were recorded last year. With a temperate climate, fabulous courses and charming countryside; it is fast becoming one of the most popular places to take a golf holiday.

Taking a look at the numerous top quality golf packages  available will definitely not be something that you’ll regret!

 

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