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Prague the Glam and Golf Destination of Central Europe

Discovering the most beautiful routes in the Prague region. Very popular with lovers looking for a romantic getaway, the capital of the Czech Republic, rightly considered one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, also has many assets to become an essential golf destination 1h30 from Paris.

Renowned for its bell towers, its narrow streets, its famous Charles Bridge, or its world famous beer, Prague is not lacking in charm.

Tourists are attracted by its unique architecture, its gentle way of life, its modernity and its first-class hotels. The very affordable rates in hotels, restaurants, pubs and cafes 36% lower than the European average in 2020 are another undeniable asset of the Czech Republic, which is better and better served by airlines. We usually come here for a weekend but that could change.

An effervescent sport

Indeed now equipped with a real golf offer, since the sport is more and more practiced by the Czechs, Prague and its dozen courses in the immediate vicinity now invites you to take your golf bag on board to extend your stay. And believe us, you won’t be disappointed!

Before going into more detail, we should also point out above all the excellent quality of the 4 courses, all played in the heart of autumn and benefiting from good maintenance. According to the locals, this is one of the main assets of the destination.

Albatross Golf Resort

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Albatross course (18T): 6,426 m (white), par 72
Green-fees: between 75 and 90 euros depending on the period

Give honour where honour is due. The closest course to the center of Prague is also the most exclusive.

Elected the best course in the Czech Republic and benefiting from the European Tour Destinations label, the Albatross Golf Resort was naturally chosen by Julian Brown the adopted Praguer who was looking for a first-rate training structure when he decided to settle in the capital of the Czech Republic.

Now a member of the DP World Tour which he has just entered brilliantly on the Challenge Tour in 2021, Brun has found everything he needs to perfect his ranges as a high-level player.

Here everything is perfect. From the reception to the training areas, from the teeing grounds to the fast greens, passing through the bunkers and the millimeter rough mowing. The design alternates between holes typed “links” with its areas of tall grass type “fescue” and US design with ponds and greens supported by berlines in freestone. Guaranteed effect at the start of the 16th par 3 several times voted the most beautiful hole in the country with its waterfall nestled at the back of the green.

It is not surprising that this course, which emerged from the ground in 2009, received the last 7 Czech Masters after hosting the Czech leg of the Ladies European Tour at the start of its young history.

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GOLF RESORT PANORAMA

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Meadows (9T): 3,111m (white), par 36 / Forest (9T): 3,021m (white), par 36 / River (9T): 2,772m (white), par 36
Green fees: around 55 euros

Presenting almost the same assets in terms of maintenance and structural quality, the Panorama Golf Resort is 10 years younger. It is also a little further since it takes 45 minutes to get to this pretty corner of Posázaví in the heart of Bohemia.

There 3 courses of 9 holes await you and you can play them in the order that suits you. The holes are very varied and the three layouts (River, Forest and Meadows) each have their specificities.

Their common point? breathtaking views of superb landscapes thanks to a privileged location at the top of one of the reliefs of this hilly region where the Sázava river meanders.

The mix between modernity and chalet atmosphere of the hotel rooms and the excellent restaurant is also worth a detour.

GOLF & SPA RESORT KONOPISTE

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Radecky (18T): 6,168m (white), par 72
D’Este (18T): 6,086m (white), par 72

Konopiste is located in the same area south of Prague. On the other hand, it has very different characteristics with its hotel and its wellness center. Less modern, certainly more authentic and certainly exotic. There are two well-maintained 18-hole courses (D’Este and Radecky) surrounded by nature between forest and waterways.

ROYAL GOLF CLUB MARIANSKE LAZNE

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Marianske race (18T): 6,135m (white), par 72
Green fees: around 65 euros.

Finally further but unavoidable because steeped in history we cannot advise you too much to go and play a game in the enchanting setting of the Marianske Lazne Golf Club, also known as Marienbad. The oldest course in the Czech Republic was created in 1905 by Edward VII and it is for this reason that Queen Elizabeth II ennobled it by granting it the title of “Royal” Golf Club in 2003.

From a golfing point of view, it is distinguished by its undulating fairways and its small well-defended greens in the middle of a forest of fir trees which gives it incredible charm. Like the Albatross, it has in the past had the honors of the European Tour and in 2006, the best amateurs competed for the Jacques Léglise Trophy on this course which could not be more “classic” in style.


The opinion of Basile Dalberto

Based in Prague for more than 10 years, and close to Klara Spilkova, the best Czech player, the French junior Basile Dalberto is a privileged witness to the growing interest of the Czechs in golf.

“It is rather a young population that we find in the clubs. The offer is very varied with high quality courses such as the Albatross or the Oaks, the Czech National PGA course, but also many municipal courses. There are around 95 courses in the country and one is never safe to come across a great little public course in small towns or villages outside of Prague. The price/quality ratio is impressive. This happened to me, for example, in Cesky Krumlov, a city in the south, where I played for 400 crowns, or around 15 euros. It was in great condition with a good brasserie on the golf course. »

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