Bunkered all your golfing needs

Sample a real 'Bulgar' treat

2013 09 Thraciancliffs
Named by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators as the ‘Undiscovered Golf Destination of 2012’, Bulgaria looks set to be European golf’s next big tourism venue.

The sport is still very much in its infancy in the country, which sits in the south east of Europe to the north of Greece and Turkey. However, if the hype is anything to go by, then it has a hugely exciting future ahead of it.

At present, there are only a handful of courses in Bulgaria but, if ever there was a case for quality over quantity, this is it.

Thracian Cliffs, pictured, is without doubt the best-known development thanks to the fact it hosted this year’s Volvo World Matchplay Championship.
Geoff Ogilvy described it as ‘a stunning bit of land’, whilst Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter called it ‘amazing’.

The Gary Player-designed course’s stunning cliff-top setting has seen it dubbed the ‘Pebble Beach of Europe’ and the Black Sea resort was certainly popular with the players who took part in the tournament. Former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy described it as ‘a stunning bit of land’, whilst Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter called it ‘amazing’. Bear in mind that these guys have seen all of the great courses the world has to offer, so they don’t give out compliments lightly.

Thracian Cliffs is not Player’s only Bulgarian development. He is also the brains behind the BlackSeaRama layout, which is a links-style course just 50km from Varna, the largest city on the Black Sea coast where the majority of Bulgaria’s golf courses are to be found.

An exception to this rule is the Riu Pravets Golf & Spa Resort, situated on the banks of a lake and just 40 minutes east of the capital Sofia. Its course is a ‘must play’ for any golfer visiting this beautiful, rapidly-growing country.

Bulgaria might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of great golf destinations but, trust us, all that could change very quickly.

FLIGHTS

British Airways flies to Sofia from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen via Heathrow.

CURRENCY

The currency in Bulgaria is the lev. Current exchange rate: 1 lev = £0.43.

NUMBER OF CLUBS

At present, there are only six courses in Bulgaria. Several more are in the pipeline.

GREEN FEES

Bulgaria is great good value for money. A round at Thracian Cliffs, for example, costs €88.

Golf News

Sergio Garcia takes honorary kick-off at El Clasico
Watch

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

Tiger Woods likely to miss 2017 majors
Tiger Woods

By David Cunninghame

2019 Solheim Cup dates confirmed
Solheim Cup

By Michael McEwan

Rory McIlroy to tie the knot this weekend
NEW

By Michael McEwan

Other Top Stories

COMPETITION Meet Stevie G! Plus....
Titleist

By Bunkered Golf Magazine

19 of the best Sergio Garcia celebration pics
GALLERY

By Martin Inglis

Twitter reacts to Sergio Garcia's Masters win
Sergio Garcia

By Martin Inglis

Peter Alliss brands Rory McIlroy's Muirfield remarks 'stupid'
Peter Alliss

By Martin Inglis

Problems mount for Scottish golf
Scottish Golf

By Bryce Ritchie

Join our community
subscribe to our newsletters below