Travel review: Prague – The Czech Republic statesits games for golfers

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Prague draws millions of tourists each 12 months, lured to the metropolis by its lovely structure starting from Gothic and Baroque to Renaissance and art Nouveau.

Prague attracts thousands and thousands of tourists each 12 months, lured to the town through its stunning architecture ranging from Gothic and Baroque to Renaissance and art Nouveau.

Sprawling slim streets within the ‘Town of 1000 Spires’ meander like tributaries before bursting open onto squares bordered by way of medieval-looking homes and historic homes.

The town’s attraction is plain, but it is possibly that many golfers have visited without realising that they have been on the centre of a place that includes 18 publications, some old and some new, inside a 40-mile radius and a in addition two inside 50.

Indeed, it’s far in all likelihood that a excessive percentage of them are not even aware that the Czech Republic has any golfing courses, as following my first visit there 12 years in the past I was greeted with a amazed: ‘You’ve been on a golfing trip to where?”

Then there had been 70 guides, the primary constructed on the begin of the 20 th century, and there has been a 50 in keeping with cent growth in numbers because 2006. The Czech Republic offers itself as a diverting alternative to Spain and Portugal, normally appeared as the twin peaks for golfers wishing for a exchange of surroundings and climate.

A three-day visit afforded time to go to 5 of the 20 layouts inside primary Bohemia, a massive enough pattern to boost the view that as excellent as golf is on the Algarve and during Spain, they need no longer continually be the pass-to goals.

Golfers with an interest in event golfing will in all likelihood be privy to one of the Czech Republic’s outstanding guides, Albatross golf resort, which considering the fact that 2014 has hosted the eu tour’s Czech Masters. It’s miles usually an advantage to stroll inside the footsteps of elite gamers and Albatross, just half-hour from Prague and 20 minutes from Prague Airport, is more desirable via this factor.

A particularly flat music, it turned into voted #1 course in the Czech Republic by means of Golfing Digest in 2012 and offers a lengthy venture punctuated with some massive bunkers and water dangers. The significantly undulating veggies are a take a look at in themselves, but they’re proper and immaculate and the able putter will revel in their venture.

Beroun golf membership, under 20 miles from Prague, became our first golfing port of call wherein, it should be cited, prior reservation of a tee-time is required. It gives disparate outward and inward nines.

The the front nine, very open, is sort of a boxer who throws their arms huge open and asks you to take your best shot, you may be spectacularly wild off the tee on a few holes, but care is needed due to the fact many holes feature water dangers. Beroun’s again 9 is tree-covered and greater similar to a boxer who is inclined to clinch their opponent in an try to prevent a fusillade of blows. Best the most accurate may be taking a motive force frequently off the tee.

Loreta golf membership Pysely, situated just over 20 miles from Prague, changed into designed by using Keith Preston, the person accountable for Albatross. Right here he become coping with hilly terrain and the result is a direction on that you ought to take time between shots to respect the picturesque setting.

Not like Albatross, you’ll not be required to be at your satisfactory distance-sensible off the tee, however many holes will test your ability at contending with sidehill, uphill and downhill lies.

Golfing motel Konopiste is a in addition 10 miles from Prague than Loreta, and gives 3 publications – 18-hole tracks and a 9-hole route beneficial for exercise. We performed the D’Este route, an undulating format that is particularly memorable for the last hole on each half of. The 9th is a short par-four at 336 yards and all downhill with the second one shot hit to an island inexperienced, now not numerous in seems to Sawgrass’s well-known 17th hole although on a miles smaller scale. To keep away from the water and locate the inexperienced with your technique shot is deeply fulfilling.

The 18th is a chance and reward hole, once more downhill however requiring an arrow-instantly pressure that – if long sufficient – will find its way among narrowing rows of timber to be thrown down a chute of fairway and grow to be somewhere close to the inexperienced. The extra timorous will eschew use of the motive force and plump for placement off the tee.