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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.
Located on Bali’s southern shore in the Pecatu compound at Dreamland Beach is one of Bali’s finest and most spectacular golf courses; New Kuta Golf. Designed by Ronald Fream the course is carved out of harsh limestone between the brilliant white cliffs and the blue waters of the Indian Ocean, New Kuta Golf ranks among Asia’s most spectacular.
New Kuta was awarded as the Best New International Course by Links Magazine 2008 and 10th Best Course in Indonesia by Golf Digest in 2009. That same year the Asian Tour Indonesian Open was held at New Kuta.
The Bali New Kuta golf course is surrounded by breathtaking sea views with waves crashing at the base of many of the holes. The landscape includes rolling links-styled fairway, semi-rough of natural grasses and sand and undulated greens. From its five sets of tees, New Kuta Golf Club plays various distances ensuring players from beginners to low handicappers will be adequately challenged. But wait, there’s more…
The game of golf is exploding in South Korea and in particular on the popular and rapidly developing southern island of Jeju, home to the impressive Club at Nine Bridges. Founded by the grandson of the Samsung visionary, the course takes its name from the eight stone bridges that span the site’s lakes and wandering creeks, the ninth bridge being a metaphoric link between the club, its members and the game of golf.
Nine Bridges is located 600 yards up Mt. Halla and surrounded by National park. The private and idyllic retreat is a pure golf experience existing without any outside distraction or annoying residential component whatsoever. The club cost close to $100 million to build, with a large chunk of the total spent covering all eighteen tees, greens and fairways with bentgrass and growing Kentucky Blue in the roughs to provide contrast and add visual definition. In comparison with other courses in Korea the most pleasing aspect of Nine Bridges is the fairway shaping, designer Ronald Fream concentrating less on mounding and more on creating realistic movement and natural looking golf holes. But wait, there´s more…
Designed by world-renowned golf course designer Ronald Fream, The Serapong Course was opened in 1982 and measures 6,493 metres from the championship tee. A challenging par-72, it is one of the top five championship courses in Asia and home of the prestigious Barclays Singapore Open.
Following an extensive refurbishment in 2007, Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course has again become Singapore’s most stunning layout, and one of the best in all Asia. The lengthening of the course, as well as the addition of considerable new bunkering, revamped greens, square-cut tee-boxes and a few strategically placed palms, have contributed to making the Serapong a tougher all-round proposition. But wait, there’s more…
Pinheiros Altos Golf Course located within the Quinta do Lago estate in the Algarve, Portugal, within the golfing world it is known as providing a mental challenge due to well placed hazards. Inaugurated in 1992, the original 18 holes were designed by the respected American architect Ronald Fream and the additional 9 holes, created by the highly regarded Portuguese golf architect George Santana da Silva, opened in 2007.
Bordered by the Natural Park of Ria Formosa the area is the habitat for many species of birds and has much interesting vegetation, the course is a combination of three contrasting nine hole formats named Oliveiras (Olives), Pinheiros (Pines) and Sobreiros (Corks). The original 18-hole course of Pinheiros Altos was well-known for its contrasting nines, while the first 9-hole are over rolling sandy undergrowth with gentle pine trees, the shorter second 9-hole runs through hills dotted with lakes that present the main obstacle for the golfers on this course.
With a large practice ground that includes three putting-greens, areas for bunker, chip shots and several greens the course has gained a reputation as the favourite pre-season practice ground for several top professional golfers. There are also comprehensive programs of tuition for golfers of all levels; individual lessons that include video analysis of golfers’ swings. The firm, fast and testing greens provide resilient and excellent surfaces on which to play golf and make Pinheiros Altos a must play course when visiting the Algarve.
In the midst of a master’s degree program in turfgrass management at Washington State University in 1965, Ronald Fream was lured away from his studies to join the golf course design team at Robert Trent Jones Inc. He worked with Jones for four years, and then spent three years as a construction supervisor for Robert F. Lawrence and as a design associate with Robert Muir Graves.
In 1972 he founded Golfplan, headquartered in Santa Rosa, California, after honing his skills designing national and international courses. Between 1972 and 1978, he has collaborated with five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson and Michael Wolveridge of Australia and John Harris of London providing worldwide golf architectural services.
The Golf Plan team of Ronald Fream, David Dale and Kevin Ramsey’s has been involved in the construction of nearly 100 courses on every continent around the world. They are credited with over a dozen courses in Scandinavia, France and Portugal and one of their first European designs was here at Nordcenter, where the Golf and Country Club sits on the edge of the Gulf of Bothnia, 50 miles west of Helsinki.
Ronald Fream is a frequent contributor to technical golf publications and other golfing magazines. He has authored more than 100 articles on various and diverse aspects of golf course economics, safety, planning and design, golf feasibility, construction, ornamental horticulture and turfgrass maintenance.