The game of golf may well be in its infancy in Poland, but when it comes to the country’s diverse offering of world-class golf courses already in place, there is undoubtedly a new kid on the block in the industry’s tourism market.
In particular, the stunning northern regions of Warminsko–Mazurskie, Pomorskie and Zachodniopomorskie provide golfers looking to experience somewhere new with an abundance of immaculately-conditioned golf courses, offering a variety of challenges for all abilities.
This, alongside a first-class accommodation offering consisting of on-site cottages and modern and traditional hotels, as well as vibrant cities, spectacular countryside, a wide range of cultural and leisure attractions, and regular daily flights from multiple airports around the UK & Ireland, make Poland a truly attractive proposition.
"We are extremely proud of the quality of our golf courses in Poland" - Bogdan Becla
Bogdan Becla, acting director from the Polish National Tourist Office, said: “We are extremely proud of the quality of our golf courses in Poland and we are intent of spreading the message to avid golf travellers that our doors are open for them to come and experience a golf holiday that delivers both on and off the course.”
The modern and dynamically developing region in the North East of the country is famed for its beautiful nature and is a true golfers’ paradise. There are two excellent golf courses within 100km of Gdansk Airport and, from January 2016, a new regional airport will open near Olsztyn, the capital of the region which is well worth a visit in its own right, since it is known as the land of a thousand lakes.
Sand Valley Golf & Country Club - www.sandvalley.pl
Opened in 2009, this 18-hole championship golf course (featured image) is blessed with wide rolling fairways, undulating greens and sandy waste areas that set the foundation for an exciting and challenging round of golf. The club’s golf villas have been designed with golfers in mind and feature modern bedrooms and bathrooms, spacious lounge areas, modern kitchens, saunas, wireless internet, TVs and fireplaces.
Mazury Golf & Country Club - www.mazurygolf.pl
The par-72 layout is of a championship standard and was designed by Hawtree Ltd from the UK. This luxury establishment boasts the extraordinary beauty of the Warmian landscape and the diverse terrain of the course makes it extremely appealing for every golfer, both experienced or novice. Local accommodation options can be found in abundance, including the following standout venues.
Hotel Marina Golf Club - www.hotelmarinaclub.pl/en/
This is a unique five-star hotel in Mazuria, where raw, Scandinavian architecture is combined with unharmed nature and the charm of the Land of a Thousand Lakes. It is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and obtain relaxation in the Spa area.
Elblag Hotel - www.hotelelblag.eu
Located 20 minutes from Sand Valley GC, The Hotel Elblag is situated in the very centre of the Old Town that bears its name and is a place that is full of history, charm and comfort – offering guests the opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy the local surroundings.
The Pomorskie region is situated on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea in the North of Poland and is made up of three main cities, Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia. The famed city of Gdansk has long attracted visitors from all over the world keen to experience its modern, cosmopolitan aura, centuries old tradition, outstanding culinary scene, regular festivals and international sports events.
So, what better place to base yourself for a golf holiday, playing the likes of Sierra GC, Postolowo GC, Tokary GC and Zajaczkowo GC.
Sierra Golf Club - www.sierragolf.pl
Designed by Cameron Sinclair, this modern course (above) has been constructed to the very highest standards and is always presented in immaculate condition. The golf club also goes the extra mile to ensure the very best in consumer satisfaction with a dedicated team that will attend to its guests’ every need, so all they have to worry about is their golf. The club also offers on-site accommodation in the form of fully equipped apartments.
Zachodniopomorskie is a unique region located in the very heart of Europe, in the north-western part of Poland, where the cultures of the West and East intertwine and where you can marvel at picturesque vistas and feel the extraordinary energy and atmosphere of cities and towns.
The natural conditions and varied topography of the West Pomerania has allowed for the creation of four magnificent courses, including one of Europe’s top 100 courses.
Modry Las Golf Course - www.modrylas.pl
Designed by Gary Player, Modry Las (above) is regarded as one of the most beautiful courses in Europe and is richly deserving of its position amongst the top 100 golf courses in Europe. Playing host to a number of Polish PGA tournaments, the 18-hole championship course winds along the lake’s edges, stretches around ponds and, with Gary Player’s strategically placed signature bunkers, really challenges all golfers to play their best. Fully-equipped on-site cottages offer guests a superb environment in which to unwind after the round.
Amber Baltic Golf Club - www.abgc.pl
Situated in the Wolin National Park, this is one of the oldest golf courses in Poland. With a superb golf complex of the highest quality and natural landscape, this is the ideal place to enjoy a round of golf and relax. Amber Baltic GC has played host to various international tournaments, such as the International European Amateur Ladies Championship, EGA Challenge Trophy Boys and PGA Challenge.
Binowo Park Golf Club - www.binowopark.pl
Hailed as one of the most popular courses in Poland, Binowo Park GC is located just 20 minutes from Szczecin city centre and is the perfect place for your Polish golf vacation. The 18-hole course opened in 2000 and the design is based on natural beauty of Szczecin Landscape Park in Binowo. Beautiful views from the hills on the front nine and natural water hazards on the back nine offer a breath-taking experience throughout the round.
Kamien Country Club - www.golfkcc.pl
One of Poland’s newest courses, Kamień Country Club was designed by American, David Donallan, and is situated in the lovely small town of Grębowo in the midst of beautiful forests and grasslands. The 18-hole championship golf course weaves its way through the trees on the front nine whilst the back nine is more open, but beware of a series of water hazards that have been cleverly positioned.