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Golf in the Czech Republic: From Prague to Marienbad

Golf in the Czech Republic dates back to the beginning of last century with the founding of the historic Marianske Lazne Golf Club. The Czechoslovak Golf Association was founded in 1931 and the time since then, the number of golf courses has grown exponentially. When the Eurpean PGA Tour came to the country in 1994 in the form of the Czech Open (held in Marianske Lazne) there were roughly 2,000 golfers in the country. These days there are closer to 20,000 and the number keeps growing.


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Visitors to Prague should save a little time on their itineraries in order to hit a quality golf course or two nearby - make it a "golf holiday!" Choose from Golf Club Praha or Golf & Country Club Praha in the city. Further afield - but still easily reachable by car - try Golf Club Karlstejn, Golf Resort Konopiste, or Golf Club Podebrady.

The Western Bohemian region, close to the German border, is famous for its spas and wellness centers. Likewise, the area has long boasted a number of wonderful golf clubs. Don't miss Marianske Lazne Golf Club in the magnificent spa town of Marianske Lazne (Marienbad); Golf Club Karlovy Vary, located in the city known to Germans as Carslbad; Golf Club Frantiskovy Lazne or Golf Club Park Plzen in Pilsen.

PRAGUE

Golf Club Praha
Holes: 9
Metres: 6196 (2x9)
Par: 70 (2x9)
Address: Plzenska 401/2, Prague 5
Tel. +420 257 216 584
E-mail: gcp@gcp.cz
WebSite: www.gcp.cz

This scenic 9-hole course, just 5 kilometers from downtown Prague, boasts excellent greens and fairways, covering 6196 metres for the men and 5356 for women. Established in 1926. Rental clubs available. Approximate price for weekend rounds: £24 / €37.

Golf & Country Club Praha
Holes: 9
Metres: 5498
Par: 72 (2x9)
Address: Vltavanu 982, Prague 4 (Hodkovicky)
Tel. +420 244 460 435
E-mail: golf@hodkovicky.cz
WebSite: www.hodkovicky.cz

Built in 1996 in the Prague 4 neighborhood of Hodkovickach, the course lies just minutes from downtown Prague by car. In addition to the nine-hole layout, there is also a six-hole public course, practice range, three putting greens and chipping green. Rental clubs available. Approximate price for weekend rounds: £22 / €33.

NEAR PRAGUE

Golf Resort Karlstejn
Holes: 18
Metres: 6304
Par: 72
Address: Belec 272, Liten
Tel. +420 311 604 999
E-mail: recepce@karlstejn-golf.cz
WebSite: www.karlstejn-golf.cz

Established in 1993, the nearby majestic Karlstejn castle, can be seen from much of the course. Designed by Canadians Les Furber and Jim Ermko. Enjoy the top flight relaxation center with swimming pool, hot steam room and massages. Located some 50 kilometers southwest of Prague. Rental clubs available. Approximate price for weekend rounds: £67 / €100.

Golf Resort KonopisteGolf Club Konopiste
Holes: 2x18
Metres: 6168
Par: 72
Address: Tvorsovice 27, Benesov
Tel. +420 317 784 044
E-mail: gcko@gcko.cz
WebSite: www.gcko.cz

Golf Resort Konopiste in Benesov, some 45 kilometers south of Prague, was inaugurated on July 2002. The resort is set on the Tvorsovice Manor, which dates back to the 10th century. Features two 18-hole courses, the Radecky and the D'Este. Rental clubs available. Approximate price for weekend rounds: £44 / €67.

Podebrady Golf ClubGolf Club Podebrady
Holes: 18
Metres: 6086
Par: 72
Address: Na Zalesi 530, Podebrady
Tel. +420 325 610 928
E-mail: recepce@golfpodebrady.cz
WebSite: www.golfpodebrady.cz

Golf Club Podebrady's par-72 layout runs near the Labe river and a number of streams and ponds come into play on 11 holes. The club is approximately 45 kilometers east of Prague and sits near the picturesque spa town that is its namesake. The 18-hole layout was completed in 2000. Approximate price for weekend rounds: 20 / 30.

WESTERN BOHEMIA

Marianske Lazne Golf Club
Holes: 18
Metres: 6135
Par: 72
Address: P.O. box 47, Marianske Lazne
Tel. +420 354 624 300
E-mail: office@golfml.cz
WebSite: www.golfml.cz

The oldest golf course in the Czech lands, Marianske Lazne Golf Club dates back to 1905. The course hosted the 1995 Czech Open, the first European PGA Tour even held behind the former Iron Curtain. To play the championship course, you must show a valid handicap card. A nine-hole course is available without restriction. Rental clubs available. Approximate price for weekend rounds: £33 / €50.

Golf Club Karlovy Vary
Metres: 6167
Par: 72
Address: Prazska 125, Karlovy Vary
Tel. +420 353 331 001
E-mail: golfclub@golfresort.cz
WebSite: www.golfresort.cz

Founded in 1904 to give guests of the nearby spas a pleasant outdoor diversion. Originally a 9-holer, by 1928 club members decided to build an 18-hole course. Paris architect C. Noskowski was hired to design it and work was completed in 1933. Beginning in the mid 90s, the facility underwent extensive renovation to the golf course and clubhouse. Rental clubs available. Approximate price for weekend rounds: £36 / €54.

Golf Club Frantiskovy Lazne
Holes: 18
Metres: 6114
Par: 72
Address: 351 32 Hazlov - Ovcin
Tel. +420 608 944 987
E-mail: golf.club@gr-fl.cz
WebSite: www.gr-fl.cz

Located in the western Czech Republic, near the border with Germany, this traditional Czech golf area offers an atractive landscape and many historical places of interest as well as famous and beautiful spa towns. The 18 hole golf course was opened in 2002. Rental clubs available. Approximate price for weekend rounds: £24 / €37.

Golf Club Park Plzen
Holes: 18
Metres: 5570
Par: 71
Address: Horomyslice 1, Dysina
Tel. +420 377 845 209
E-mail: gkpd@golfparkpl.cz
WebSite: www.golfparkpl.cz

Designed by golf architect Christopher Stadtler and built in 2003-04, Golf Club Park Plzen is located on the northeastern edge of Pilsen. The challenging 18-hole course meanders among plentiful alder and birch groves and sits on Ejpovice lake and the Klabava river. Accessible from Prague via the D5 highway (approximately 80 kilometers). Rental clubs available. Approximate price for weekend rounds: £33 / €50.

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Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management. The information in this story was accurate at the time of publication. All contact information, directions and prices should be confirmed directly with the golf course or resort before making reservations and/or travel plans.