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Central and Eastern Europe CZECH REPUBLIC


In sharp contrast to Bulgaria, Czech golf dates back to the early 20th century, with two courses serving globally famous spas still leading the way. Royal Marianske Lazne, deep in the Bohemian forest, dates back to 1905, when the healing waters at Marienbad attracted nobility and gentry from all over Europe (royalmarienbad.cz). At 2,000ft, the air is crisp and clear. The parkland design is arguably outdated, but the charm is undeniable and the Belle Epoque clubhouse is a delight. The spa town of Karlovy Vary — or Karlsbad as


it was known when it was in Austria — was a favourite with Beethoven and Goethe. Golf was introduced in 1904, but the present course, unveiled in 1933, was reborn in 1949 (golfresort. cz). The course runs through undulating parkland on fairways fringed by a pleasing mix of mature deciduous and evergreen trees. The modern era is best represented by Praha


ESSENTIALS


WHEN TO GO: Bulgaria & Poland April-October; Czech Republic March-November. GREEN FEES: Bulgaria £51-£111; Poland £31-£60; Czech Republic £47-£64. FLIGHT TIME: Sofia 3h10m; Warsaw 2h25m; Prague 1h50m. GETTING AROUND: In Bulgaria buses are cleaner and more efficient than trains. Poland has an efficient rail service between major cities and good local buses. Czech Republic has comprehensive rail and bus services. Car rental is easily arranged in each of these countries. CONTACT: bulgaria. embassyhomepage. com; poland.travel; czechtourism.com


Karlstejn, 20 miles south of Prague. The imposing 14th-century castle was built by Holy Roman Emperor and King of Bohemia, Charles IV, and handsomely restored in the 19th century; it looms over an intelligent layout in the Berounka valley. The challenges are richly varied, so strategy is key (karlstejn-golf.cz). And the 21st-century star is Prague’s Albatross Championship course, the regular host for the Czech Masters European Tour event since it opened in 2009 (albatross.cz). Don’t miss: Kutna Hora, a UNESCO World Heritage town 35 miles from Prague. It can easily be combined with a round at Casa Serena, once a private club that now welcomes visitors.


POLAND Although Poland had historic nine-holers as early


as 1905, 18-hole courses were only introduced in the post-1989 Solidarity era. Four years later, the First Warsaw Golf and Country Club spearheaded Poland’s establishment as an up-and-coming European golf destination (fwgcc.pl). Laid out in the Vistula river valley among ponds and lakes, mature oaks and 150-year-old weeping willows, it’s a nature sanctury, rich in wildlife as well as a golfing challenge. Of some 18 courses scattered around the


country, 12 are of championship standard. One of the best is Gary Player’s Modry Las in the north western countryside (modrylas.pl). The name, which means ‘dark green/blue pine forest’, is a clue to the terrain, with fairways winding among trees and natural water hazards. Rosa Golf Club (rosa.golf), on the road from


Warsaw to Katowice in the south west, is a no-expense-spared facility serving a relatively small number of members. The parkland layout, designed by the renowned Hans-Georg Erhardt is rewarding and well-maintained. Visitors are welcome. The north has three coastal venues: Postolowo


and Sierra golf clubs near Gdansk, and the Amber Baltic Golf Club on an island in the Wolinski National Park. Don’t miss: Krakow, celebrated worldwide for the magnificent Rynek Glowny market and the Wawel Royal Palace. Royal Krakow Golf, laid out in the former royal hunting grounds of the Jagiellonian kings, is 10 miles outside the city.


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