You don’t hear that much about golf in the Czech Republic - but let us assure you, there’s plenty of it and it’s really quite exceptional.
A fair amount of it is centered on the capital, Prague – one of Europe’s most visited cities – and the West Bohemia region. Around Prague in particular, there are more than ten courses within an hour’s drive, one of which is the Albatross Golf Resort – unquestionably the premier track in the country.
Host venue for the D+D Real Czech Masters, it is as fine an inland track as you’ll find anywhere in Europe with the service and amenities to match.
The course presents an almighty challenge from the back tees, stretching to 7,358 yards, and is laid out in two returning nines, each of which concludes with water-laden holes close to the clubhouse.
A course like this must impress European Tour players and officials as they keep coming back and you can’t really blame them. What’s more, it’s incredibly affordable.
To the south of Prague, the brand new Panorama Golf Resort offers 27 holes of widely differing terrain (Forest, Meadows and River), making for a great variety of shots: up, down and all around along with dramatic views from its upper echelons. Especially striking is the contemporary clubhouse – yours for the day or you can even stay over in one of their ultra-chic double rooms or suites.
Nearby, meanwhile, are the resorts at Loreta and Konopiste. The course at Loreta opened in 2013 and was designed by Keith Preston.
Situated in beautiful countryside, the architect managed to make use of the rugged landscape to create a spectacular test of golf that winds its way through woodland nooks and fully-grown trees.
Konopiste, which opened in 2002, is the largest golf resort in the Czech Republic. On its two 18-hole courses – Radecky and d’Este – players can enjoy a layout carved and shaped sympathetically into the rolling hillside, with both courses incorporating an enchanting mix of parkland and links characteristics. There’s also a superbly refurbished Manor House offering a fantastic place to stay on-site.
Driving west from Prague, you will find the West Bohemia region, where the first courses were established more than 100 years ago.
Its main courses – Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne – are well working checking out and the area in general offers a fascinating opportunity to combine a Prague city break with relaxation in one of its famous spa towns.
If you end up staying in the picturesque spa town of Marianske Lazne, you cannot miss the Falkensteiner Hotel Grand MedSpa Marienbad, where guests will enjoy spacious and cosy rooms as well as a bar and summer terrace for evening relaxation.
Likewise, if you’re in Karlovy Vary, we certainly recommend the five-star Grandhotel Pupp – one of the town’s most luxurious venues. It offers a traditional and exclusive service, synonymous with the demanding standards of the most prestigious European hotels. All 228 rooms have a great emphasis on a high standard of comfort, and each room retains its distinctive appearance due to the unique architecture of the hotel.
With many historical and cultural highlights, Prague and the area around it is a great place to relax, sightsee, shop and, of course, play golf. And with cheap flights and reasonably priced green fees, for a great value-for-money golf break, you should consider checking out the Czech Republic.
Planning a golf break?
If so, make sure you check out the 2019 Travel Guide from bunkered. Available to read online, it is a 48-page digital lowdown on the best holiday golf destinations on the planet.