Posts Tagged ‘European Golf Resorts’

Salgados Golf Course, Portugal

Jul 2nd

Salgados Golf Course, is set on the flat lands behind the sandy beach of Praia de Galé between Albufeira and Armação de Pêra in the Algarve, Portugal, the proximity of the sea and the variety of lakes make this a very interesting test of golfing skills, different from other courses in the Algarve. The original project is by the Portuguese designer Pedro de Vasconcelos, with more recent contributions from other Portuguese architects.

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Machrihanish Golf Club, Scotland

Apr 3rd

Machrihanish Golf Club was established in 1876 with ten holes, then “re established” in 1879 when Old Tom Morris expanded it to eighteen including the famous first where you have to carry a healthy corner of the Atlantic. The course was modified again in 1914 by J.H. Taylor and Sir Guy Campbell made further alterations when several holes around the turn were lost due to development work at the Campbeltown airport site next door.

The course is set in wonderful dunes in the small village of Machrihanish, which is situated on the western side of the remote Kintyre Peninsula; this is where the sky is big, the sunsets are dramatic and the air has been warmed by the Gulf Stream and its relative inaccessibility has saved it from becoming more commercialised.  But wait, there’s more…

Krakow Valley Golf Course, Poland

Dec 26th

By the turn of the millennium, only a handful of golf courses existed in Poland. However since then over a dozen new courses have sprung up all over the country. Krakow Valley Golf & Country Club is home to one of the very best of these new designs, a golf complex covering an area of 160 hectares, has been created in last years in Paczółtowice, a small village between Kraków and Katowice. It was designed by Ronald Fream, an American from California who started his career in 1966 in the team of legendary Robert Trent Jones.

Laid out over a forested, undulating landscape this championship golf course (par 72) aims to satisfy every player’s requirements. Diversified tee distances which welcome both beginners and advanced players, wide rolling fairways and massive bunkers around the greens with high, challenging faces – all these elements combine with a typical Polish landscape to allow the whole complex to aspire to a place among the top European golf courses.

Krakow Valley was proud host to the European Seniors Tour, venue for the 2008 Polish Seniors Championship. Ian Woosnam emerged victorious, claiming his first European Seniors Tour title.

Costa Navarino – The Dunes Course, Greece

Dec 19th

Located at Costa Navarino in Messinia, southwest Peloponnese in Greece; the impressive Costa Navarino Dunes Course stretches across a breathtaking beachfront landscape. This 18-hole, par-72 course measures almost 6200 meters from the back tees and a little more than 5000 meters from the front tees. Designed by two-time Masters champion and Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer in partnership with European Golf Design. This new course has caught headlines in recent months as many point to the significance of a course of this magnitude in Greece.

This championship course, set in a landscape of diverse topography with spectacular sea and river views, incorporates some links-style features in areas closest to the sea, with tall dunes dividing some of the holes adjacent to the golden beach. Parts of the course venture into olive and fruit groves, while some holes run along a small river that meanders through the site. Combined with large undulating greens, wide fairways and steep-faced pot bunkers, the links element of the course adds to its unique style and playability.

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Casa Serena Golf Course, Czech Republic

Nov 14th

Located 80 kilometres to the east of Prague, close to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kutna Hora, Casa Serena Golf Course is the vision of Terry Gou, the chairman of Foxconn, the largest contract manufacturer of electronics worldwide. The course resides deep in the rural Czech countryside, in the village of Roztez, alongside the chateau of the same name that Terry Gou bought and refurbished to be his personal European residence.

Casa Serena Golf Course, Czech Republic

The course is for the use of the executives and guests of Foxconn, which has established two major manufacturing plants nearby in the towns of Kutna Hora and Pardubice.  But wait, there´s more…

Colony Club Gutenhof, Austria

Nov 8th

Colony Club Gutenhof is located a mere 10 kilometres to the south of Vienna and with two 18-hole courses to choose from – East and West – this was Austria’s first club able to boast a full 36-hole facility and without question a piece of Austria’s golf heaven.

The East and the West course correspond by design and quality to the very highest of international standards and have already hosted several international Championships including the Austrian open in 1993 and the Austrian Ladies Open in 1996. It is difficult to say which of the two courses is the most beautiful, as both represent an interesting challenge for every category of golfer. But wait, there’s more…

Kennemer Golf & Contry Club, Holland

Oct 31st

A short drive from Amsterdam, the 27-hole Kennemer Golf and Country Club is situated on Holland’s West Coast and is home to the oldest seaside golf course in the country. The original eighteen-hole layout was designed by the great Harry Colt during the 1920’s but was virtually destroyed by the Nazi’s during World War II when they occupied the property and built a massive concrete anti-tank barricade across the links. Parts of the wall have since been removed but a large section was simply covered with sand during the restoration project and remains within the site.

While Colt’s original holes did not survive the war years there is no doubt that today’s layout would please him immensely as the course has been faithfully returned to near his initial concept. This is largely thanks to the remarkable collection of detailed correspondence between Colt and the club, which somehow survived the conflict. Aside from the tank wall, which scarred the landscape forever, the only diversion from his plan was the lengthening of the 3rd, a hole that Colt never liked anyway. But wait, there’s more

Eléa Golf Club, Cyprus

Oct 24th

Inaugurated in 2010 The Eléa Golf Club is one of the most important new European golf courses in recent years, located at the heart of the prestigious Eléa Estate near Paphos, Cyprus, this layout offers world-class golf in a stunning setting. Designed by Nick Faldo this challenging par 71 golf course commands a striking location above the shimmering Mediterranean Sea and has been meticulously crafted through dramatic landscape, featuring imposing weathered outcrops of limestone that offer a unique character across the course.

The Elea Golf Club layout circulates around a rocky hillside and filters down into groves of mature Carob trees. The designers have also made great use of the dramatic outcrops of weathered limestone that pepper the site. The white rock contrasts with the dark green grass fairways and semi-roughs instead of deep rough grasses the course has Mediterranean scrub of wild herbs and stunning colours of spring flora. This course works in harmony with the region’s arid landscape and, with its hill-top setting and sea views, golf at Elea Golf Club is an experience that low and high handicappers alike will want to engage with again and again.

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Circolo Golf Villa D’Este, Italy

Oct 17th

Set amongst lush hills close to Italy’s popular Lake Como, the Golf Club Villa D’Este is a charming course designed by Peter Gannon during the 1920s. The layout here winds through chestnut, birch and pine trees with holes laid across grand, sloping terrain that moves in all direction and features plenty of undulating and attractive vistas.

On occasion the fairways here are a little too steep for quality golf, and a few holes are too cramped, but mostly Gannon did a fine job on the routing given the nature of the topography. The scorecard suggests a short, straightforward course but the par is only 69 and the holes are well defended and often play longer than the yardage suggests. Two of the par fives, the 13th and 17th would be even better as long par fours making this an even more demanding par of 67. But wait, there’s more

La Moye Golf Club, Channel Islands

Oct 3rd

La Moye Golf Club is a private golf club located in Saint Brélade on the south-west coast of the island of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands. Golfers are presented with stunning views inland of the western parishes and seaward of St Ouen’s Bay and the sister Channel Islands of Guernsey, Sark, Herm and Jethou.

The club has hosted several prestigious tournaments including the Jersey Open on the European Tour between 1978 and 1995, and the Jersey Seniors Classic on the European Seniors Tour since 1996.

The original golf course at La Moye was laid out by George Boomer in 1902, who was the schoolmaster of future British Open champions Harry Vardon and Ted Ray as well as his son Aubrey, after he had been turned away from Royal Jersey Golf Club. The course was redesigned by renowned golf course architect James Braid in the early 1930s, and was reopened by Vardon. But wait, there’s more