Historic Bulgaria may be small but it’s perfectly formed and has a fascinating history that predates Moses by some 3,000 years. According to mythology, warriors from the ancient kingdom of Thyrisa sailed with Jason in the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece.
The country was later subjugated to five hundred years of Ottoman rule and in recent times paralysed behind the Iron Curtain. Bulgaria is now perhaps the most exciting of all Balkan countries, eager to promote the history and heritage of the ancient tribal people of Thrace.
Air Sofia was for a while the best golf course in Bulgaria, but now there are a number of others that are in a different league. Knowledgeable travelling golfers head to the Bulgarian Black Sea shoreline to play BlackSeaRama, the first top-notch Bulgarian course. Ian Woosnam has also added Pirin and Lighthouse to the portfolio, but it’s Gary Player’s Thracian Cliffs, routed along the cliff tops on ancient ground of Thyrisa, that is the course to play in Bulgaria.
Pravets Golf and Spa, located an hour's drive to the northeast of the capital, opened its doors in May 2011 and it has hosted the PGA Professional Championship of Europe on an annual basis since then. Designed by Peter Harradine and managed by Braemar, this top track is firmly on our golfing radar.
Our Bulgarian golf course rankings were last updated in January 2016.