Czech Republic - Golf Guide
Czech Republik, Czech Republic
FACTS ABOUT THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Where: Country in central Europe
Largest city: Prague, 1.2 million people
City government: Parliamentary democracy
Population: Approximately 10.5 million
Time Zone: GMT +1.
Major holidays: New Year's Day, 1 May, Liberation Day 8 May, National Day October 28, the day of freedom and democracy 17 November.
Climate/golf season: Slightly longer season compared to Sweden. Above all, the season starts earlier in the spring.
Availability: The most popular spa courses are periodically overloaded. Otherwise, accessibility is good.
By airplane: Airport in Prague.
By car: Right-hand traffic, km, forbidden to speak on a mobile in the car without using a hands free device
Water: Tap water is drinkable.
Electricity: 220 V
Visa: Not required
Vaccinations: Check with your vaccination clinic.
Number of golf courses: 87
Food and drink: Wonderful chicken dishes, steak and a lot of pork.
Other travel information: Wonderful rural experience by car.
For more information about the Czech Republic: www.czechtourism.com
The Czech Republic has everything for a successful golf holiday - exciting history and culture, beautiful palaces and castles, 87 golf courses, fine dining and miraculous waters and spas. And last but not least - Czech beer!
Golf in the Czech Republic is on the rise. There are 87 courses to choose from and more are on the way. The variations among the courses are many, ranging from the storybook-like golf near charming medieval castles to golf and spa in a nice combination. And don’t miss Prague, which is considered one of the world's most beautiful cities. It has lovely architecture, winding streets and huge monuments, and walking on the Vltava River verges on the magical. Here you will also enjoy all of the golf possibilities. Around Prague in central Bohemia, there are 16 golf courses to choose from.
The Czech Republic is simply the perfect golf destination for all types of golfers. The Men's European Tour visits the country every year and plays on courses such as Prosper Golf Resort Celadná in northern Moravia and in the autumn, the Ladies European Tour the Prague City Golf Club in Zbraslav.
If you want to play a bit easier course, one of the great castle golf courses is recommended. Golf in the Czech Republic takes you into a world of fairy tales, as many of the courses are adjacent to castles and palaces. Karlstejn Golf Resort is adjacent to the medieval castle of the same name near Prague. Manor Hotel - Golf Resort Konopiště and the castle of the same name, is considered one of the most scenic golf courses in the country. In addition, this 36-hole facility has two of the country's best golf courses. Golfers should not miss the golf resort Austerlitz near the Slavkov Castle. The Battle of Austerlitz took place here in 1805 and Napoleon celebrated his victory in the castle.
Golf and Spa
Golf in the Czech Republic is also intimately associated with Spa. Since the early 1900s, spa and golf has been combined and refined in the country. In western Bohemia there are several interesting places to visit and several very good golf facilities, including the country's oldest course and oldest golf club. But there is also the city of Pilsen, which has become an attractive destination for many who want to see the world famous breweries, perhaps especially Pilsner Urquell that has brewed here since 1842. The first course in the Czech Republic was rightly built near a spa with miraculous waters in Karlovy Vary in 1904. Karlovy Vary, Karlsbad is a city which is also known for its film festival. Many golf resorts are close to other famous spa towns such in the vicinity of Frantiskovy Lázne. Here, you play at the Golf Resort Franzensbad or at the Astoria Golf Resort Cihelny at Bečov nad Teplou, another of the Czech spa towns.
The poet JW von Goethe once stated "A paradise on earth" when he visited Bohemia. There was bathing in hot springs and peace of mind for body and soul. Nothing has changed in two hundred years! Well, except for one small detail - now there are also golf courses here!
Text: Johan Dahlqvist
Photos: Copyright CzechTourism
GOLF COURSES IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
The Czech Republic has a great selection of golf courses. There are all of 87 of them to choose from. Many of the golf resorts are located in the vicinity of some of the Czech Republic’s countless spas.
Tips on 45 courses with 18 holes or more to play in the Czech Republic:
GOLF RESORT BLACK RIDGE
A nice new 18-hole course on the outskirts of Prague and with a nice clubhouse and good restaurant.
PRAGUE CITY GOLF CLUB
The national course in the Czech Republic is newly opened and tour player Alexander Cejka has helped to design the course. There are six tees on each hole which means that there are opportunities for everyone regardless skill to enjoy the course. A detail is that there are plenty of "waste-areas", which is unusual in the Czech Republic, where one can set up the club.
KARLSTEJN GOLF RESORT
This 27-hole course is ranked among the most prestigious in the Czech Republic. Fully nature adapted to the romantic Czech countryside. It's a pretty tough course not far from the Karlstejn castle.
GOLF RESORT KONOPISTE
With two 18-hole courses and a shorter 9-hole course this popular golf facility is ideal to visit and play. Located on the Curry-Barton family estate and only three miles from the famous Kanopiste Castle. Excellent accommodation at the resort.
ALBATROSS GOLF RESORT
Even this course is located near Prague and is easily accessible. The 18 holes are built according to the latest research findings and are of a high standard. Exciting, modern layout.
BEROUN GOLF RESORT
This golf resort is located near the town of Beroun and the18-holes are carefully laid out in nature. The course offers a wonderful mix of gently rolling terrain, challenging holes and views of the Berounka and Litavka rivers.
GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB MSTETICE
This course is suitable for all types of players regardless of skill. The course layout is inspired by classic British links courses.
GOLF CLUB BEROVICE
The course is situated in the surroundings of the mythical Rip Mountain. It is a harmonious course with large greens, numerous bunkers and some water hazards. Great accommodation at the resort.
GOLF CLUB MOLITOROV
This nice course is located in the typical landscape around the Labe River with a good mix of holes of varying difficulty.
GOLF CLUB PODEBRADY
Thanks to a good micro climate here you can play golf almost year round. There was a simpler course here before, but since 2000 it’s 18 holes that apply. It’s possible to stay at the club.
GOLF MLADÁ BOLESLAV
The course, Sand Martin's Holes, is suitable for all types of players with a lot of tees and the really good players really get a challenge from the "championship tees." Among other things, the longest golf hole in the Czech Republic is here, the 15th hole, which is 652 feet! Excellent illuminated short hole course for late practice.
GOLF PARK SLAPY SV. JAN
The first nine holes opened in 2010 on this course, 21.7 miles south of Prague. It is a welcoming course with wide fairways.
GOLF RESORT PARADISE
In the extremely picturesque surroundings Traviny lies this championship course with a varied and enjoyable 18-hole course called "Soudný". In addition, there is a very good nine-hole short course.
RESORT DAROVANSKÝ DVÚR
The 27 holes are a mixture of parkland and links course with several tees to choose from. Medium difficulty is a good description of the course.
ASTORIA GOLF RESORT CIHELNY
A 18-hole course, par 70, that’s exciting to play. A few years ago, the course named "Golf Course of the Year" by Golf Digest in the Czech Republic. Excellent accommodation.
GOLF CLUB ALFRÉDOV
The course combines long holes with technical demands and you get use of all of your golfing skills to play this course. The green on the 18th hole is located on a peninsula surrounded by water.
GOLF RESORT FRANZENSBAD
This golf resort has a challenging 18-hole course laid out carefully in the picturesque countryside around the Ohre River and near the German border.
GOLF CLUB KYNZVART
This pleasant course is right next to a beautiful, classic castle. The fairways are nature-friendly and there are several embellished and aggravating water hazards.
Exciting course with large greens and deep bunkers. The course was designed by the German golf course design company, Stadler Golf Course, which has designed over 40 golf courses.
GOLF PARK PLZEN
This technically challenging 18-hole course is considered one of the best golf courses in the Czech Republic. The course is situated on the edge of the Ejpovice Lake. The most famous hole is the eleventh whose green situated on an island.
GOLF RESORT KARLOVY VARY
The Czech Republic's oldest golf club opened in 1904. Today's course, which has been upgraded and rebuilt several times, is from 1933. Both the course and the clubhouse are high class it is no surprise that the course is ranked as one of the best in the Czech Republic.
ROYAL GOLF CLUB MARIÁNSKÉ LÁZNE
Czech Republic's oldest course offers both traditional and modern layouts. Has hosted several events on the Men's European Tour. Located not far from one of the Czech Republic’s wonderful spas in Marianske Laázne. A Spa in Neo-classical style.
GOLF CLUB LIBEREC
This short 18-hole course measures 5,199 yards from the yellow tee and with par 68, but despite this, offers some difficulties.
GOLF CLUB TERASY ÚSTÍ NAD LABEM
The first nine holes offer a lot of hilly holes and views of the Czech countryside are glorious. The tees are mostly built on terraces, hence the name of the golf club. The final nine holes are located near a lake.
KRÁLOVSKÝ GOLF CLUB MALEVIL
This 18-hole course is surrounded by deep forests and the typical cone-shaped hills. The course is enjoyable to play and there are among other things three restaurants, a swimming pool and horseback riding.
YPSILON GOLF RESORT LIBEREC
The letter "Y" in the club's name symbolizes the geographical location neighbours the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland. The course opened in 2006 and was chosen the Czech Republic's best course in 2006 and 2007.
NOVÁ AMERIKA GOLF RESORT
The largest golf resort in eastern Bohemia consists of three 9-hole courses with broad fairways, fast greens and a nine-hole short course. The course called "Woodland", which is hilly, is considered to be the most difficult nine holes in the Czech Republic.
GOLF & SPA KUNÉTICKÁ HORA
An exciting championship course designed by the Australian course architect Graham Marsh. Wide fairways, thick rough and many bunkers.
GOLF CLUB MLADÉ BUKY
Quite a hilly course where the kind where shots where the ball is either below or above the feet are not uncommon. Beautiful views and a good 4-star hotel.
QUEEN'S PARK GOLF CLUB MYSTEVES
"The clubhouse" at this golf club is an old castle with both a restaurant and accommodation. The course is situated in a lovely park in English style.
GOLF CLUB HLUBOKÁ NAD VLTAVOU
This 18-hole course is located in beautiful nature just below Hluboká Castle. A number of streams and lakes further embellish the course. There is also another somewhat easier 9-hole course.
GOLF RESORT MONACHUS
An 18-hole course that is one of the most popular in the Czech Republic which is not so strange. The layout is perfectly suited to a landscape that seems to have been created for golf. There is also a bit easier 9-hole course.
GOLF CLUB ´CESKÝ KRUMLOV
A popular 18-hole course for those with somewhat higher handicappers but despite that with a number of difficulties, not the least of which is some undulating greens.
GOLF CLUB CERTOVO BREMENO
A nice, fairly short course, par 70, in scenic landscape.
GOLF RESORT PÍSEK-KESTRANY
This resort course is located in the village of Kestrany and offers both exciting and challenging holes interspersed with relatively easy ones.
GOLF & SKI RESORT OSTRAVICE
This championship course is situated among the highest peaks, Lysá and Smrk, in the Beskydy mountain chain. The first five holes are located in an open landscape, while the remaining holes are carefully laid out in the woods.
PROSPER GOLF CLUB CELADNÁ
A beautiful hilly 36-hole facility in northern Moravia, which is adapted for the better player. The Spanish champion player Ángel Jiménez is behind the design. The Alpine Mountain Golf Hotel is a wonderful hotel.
GOLF CLUB OLOMOUC
A championship golf course not far from the city of Olomouc. Many water hazards and bunkers. The facility also has a 9-hole course.
PARK GOLF CLUB TJ MITTAL OSTRAVA
This golf resort was built in 1970 and the course, which is a parkland and forest course, is situated carved between old, beautiful trees.
ROPICE GOLF COURSE
This golf resort is near the border with Slovakia and Poland. The first nine holes are more undulating.
GOLF BRNO KASKÁDA
This 27-hole facility with the courses "Stone", "Wooden" and "Iron" is located just outside of Brno and is a modern facility with tough challenges. Not least on the 9-hole course "Stone".
AUSTERLITZ GOLF RESORT
This championship course is situated in southern Moravia, just outside the city of Brno. Several water hazards and deep bunkers. And Napoleon was victorious here in the "Battle of the Three Emperors" in 1805.
GOLF CLUB TELC
Slightly hilly 18-hole course with many water hazards in a peaceful and harmonious environment.
KORENEC GOLF & SKI RESORT
Exciting facility and course perfectly laid out in the landscape. Unspoiled nature around the course and panoramic views.
THINGS WORTH SEEING IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Since almost the entire country is displayed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, it is incredibly difficult to point to some specific sites, but of course there are special places around the entire Czech Republic.
Virtually the entire old town is a tourist attraction. Popular, picturesque and beer are the three Ps that summarize Prague pretty well. Charles Bridge from the year 1357 is an obvious attraction, but the entire old town is an attraction in itself and well worth a visit. The Old Town is divided into five boroughs:
• Hradcany is completely dominated by the imposing Prague Castle with its palaces, churches and gardens.
• Mala Strana consists of the Old Town and is formed by the old city centre that stretches from Moldau to below the Prague Castle.
• Stare Mesto (Old Town) is demarcated to the west by the river, in the northeast by Josefov and in the south and southeast by the new city. This district is the most visited in Prague.
• Josefov, the Jewish Prague. There are many synagogues, a landmark cemetery, several Cubist houses and Prague's most luxurious shopping street, Parizká.
• Nove Mesto (New Town) was largely built during the first ten years of the twentieth century. The most visited is extensive Vaclav Place.
But the Czech Republic is much more than just the fascinating city of Prague. Also visit:
This is exactly what a real fairytale castle looks like, in reality!
One of the oldest castles in Moravia with a fantastic history that goes back to the thirteenth century and with a magnificent view.
The hot springs here derive from the Middle Ages. The "modern" spa story stretches from 1793. The miraculous springs can prevail over most diseases.
The castle was the "summer home" for the heir to the throne in the Czech Republic. The most famous owner was Francis Ferdinand who was assassinated in Sarajevo and whose assassination started the First World War.
This Gothic castle is from the Middle Ages and was an important royal residence. Not least for its strategic location and the castle's defence capabilities.
A Spa from 1818 with 53 cold springs with temperatures between 7-10 degrees Celsius. Brrr! But there are hotter versions too.
The city was founded in 1350 by the Bohemian King and Roman Emperor Charles IV. The city's pride, The Spa, is the Czech Republic's largest. The miraculous springs have a long history and the largest of them, Rídlo, sprays its water 49 feet into the air.
Not far from the Prosper Golf Club in northern Moravia. Interesting and beautiful castle.
For centuries, Brno has been one of the most important royal towns. Today it is the second largest city of Czech Republic with a very rich history and many attractions. Visit the villa that the famous architect Mies van der Rohe designed. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
This neo-Gothic palace is also on the UNESCO list. It is a fantastic romantic castle with both parts of a Roman aqueduct, a Turkish minaret and the ruins of a medieval castle on the site.
The first radon spa in the world, Jachymov Spa is nestled in the rugged Ore mountain countryside, but is still only an hour and half drive from the airport of the Czech capital, Prag.
NIGHT LIFE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
A night in Prague offers luxury restaurants, cosy bistros and beer cellars. A slightly smaller range is found in the other major cities like Brno and the home of pilsners, Pilsen.
Tips on evening and night entertainment in Prague:
A brand new disco club with a wide range of different musical styles.
Address: Konevova 13, Prag 3
LUCERNA MUSIC BAR
The great classic among Prague's clubs.
Address: Vodičkova 32, Prag 1
A club that have for a long time belonged to the younger generations. Rock Cafe can be compared to the Hard Rock Cafe chain.
Address: Národní 20, Prag 1
RESTAURANTS IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
There are plenty of genuine Czech restaurants specializing in Czech cuisine.
U KARLOVA MOSTU
Great food at a good price. Nice atmosphere.
Address: Na Kampe 15, Prag.
Tel: +420 971 700 000.
Considered to be the best restaurant in Prague.
Address: Rybna 29, Prag.
Tel: +420 971 732 435.
Luxurious restaurant near the castle in Prague.
Address: Loretanska 5, Prag.
Tel: +420 971 721 745.
A restaurant on a boat with a very pleasant environment.
Address: Vltavanu, 143 00 Prag.
Tel: +420 724 903 059.
Traditional Czech food in a traditional setting.
Address: Klatovská 116, Plzen.
Tel: +420 377 371 274.
A lovely traditional Czech restaurant.
Address: Krizkovského 47, Brno.
Tel: +420 543 143 100.
Very good food in luxurious and historic surroundings.
Address: Mirove namesti 2 * Karlovy Vary.
Tel: +420 353 109 111.
KOZLOVNA U BADINU
Cosy restaurant in Brno.
Address: Tomáskova 2, Brno.
Tel: +420 722 903 903
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