Discover the sublime courses that lie around the Czech Republic’s ancient capital
PRAGUE is a destination for visitors from the UK for a number of reasons: the beautiful gothic architecture, affordable gastronomic adventure, flights that only take 90 minutes, or simply to sample the nightlife.
Now the Czech Republic is experiencing a massive boom in the popularity of golf and the country’s capital is at the centre of it with a number of fantastic courses less than an hour away.
Czech golf tourism specialists Abante Golf are offering you the chance to sample some of these courses through some great value offers. They will take care of everything once you are off the plane, with a two-night stay and two rounds of golf on offer for £199 per person. A longer stay is required if you want to get a taste of what the entire city and the golfing venues have on offer - seven nights and five rounds of golf costs less than £550.
The break is catered to the English speaking market; the minibus that will take you on journeys will have an English speaking driver. You will have someone with the local knowledge to help you get the best out of your stay in continental Europe’s best cities.
Wonderful though Prague is, the main reason to take a golfing holiday is obviously the golf, and the venues offered are of the highest standard. The course at Albatross Golf Club was designed with a view to make it the best in the Czech Republic and, since opening in 2009, it has been continuously improving as it matures.
It is already considered to have achieved top spot in the Czech Republic in some eyes, receiving that title from an American publication last year and named as Resort of the Year by the Czech golf industry in 2010 and 2011. Already considered to be of tournament quality, it has held the Prague Masters every year since it started.
An extensive clubhouse, with a world-class restaurant, shows that the dedication to quality doesn’t end at the 18th hole.
Another venue of tournament class, Karlstejn, is the only destination in the Republic that has hosted the PGA Tour. That alone is testament to the quality of the venue.
It has one of the most pleasant surroundings of anywhere, forest of the deepest green extends from the course to the neighbouring hillsides, on one side broken by the sight of Karlstejn castle.
Karlstejn is easily reachable from Prague with a 45-minute drive - but the greens here won’t make your life so simple. You should be able to find these large putting surfaces without too much difficulty, but once there line and length must be spot-on to score well.
Konopiste is the largest golf resort in the Czech Republic. Considered to have the best courses in the area, Konopiste uses the natural landscape to create an interesting challenge to golfers of any level.
Archduke Franz Ferdinand had his home at Konopiste castle and the regal luxury of the area extends to the beautifully renovated Manor House at the resort.
The course at Prague City Golf Club has championship ambitions and its split into a links nine and a lakes nine mean that all your skills must will be tested. Co-designed by PGA Tour star Alex Cjeka, this is a course set-up to challenge golfers of all levels.
To book a golfing holiday in the Czech Republic, or simply for more information, log-on to www.abante-golf.com or call 020 8133 4366 for a free brochure.