Croatia

The crescent-shaped Croatia is set in south eastern Europe and it’s a beautiful country with dozens of sparsely populated islands which are surrounded by the cleanest waters and the most amazing beaches on the Adriatic. The capital city is Zagreb but Dubrovnik has an amazing ancient city wall, which rises up some 25m offering the most amazing views from the top. This old wall is one of the finest and most well preserved in the world.

Naturally, everyone will remember the 2001 exploits of Goran Ivanisevic who became the first tennis player in history to win the Wimbledon Men's Singles title as a wild card entrant. What a player!

Golf has not yet gripped Croatia since the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia but golf here does date back to the Roaring Twenties. We know of only a handful of Croatian courses; the 18-hole layout at the Zagreb Country Club and for many years the best course was considered to be the Dolina Kardinala Golf & Country Club layout, located close to Karlovac, but the facility closed in 2013 and will not reopen until April 2014.

If you fancy a golfing treat, try Pula Golf Club which is set on the Adriatic island of Brijuni. The course dates back to 1922 and the lovely island resort was once the summer playground of Marshal Tito. Today, we think the best Croatian golf course is the new millennium layout situated on the Istrian peninsula. Golf Adriatic was laid out by Austrian architects Diethard Fahrenleitner and Barbara Eisserer to afford sea views from every point on the course.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Croatia

Adriatic

1st Croatia Ranking

Situated on the Istrian peninsula, the course at Golf Adriatic was laid out by Austrian architects Diethard Fahrenleitner and Barbara Eisserer to afford Adriatic Sea views from numerous points on the layout...

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Dolina Kardinala

2nd Croatia Ranking

Designed by Howard Swan, Dolina Kardinala is named after the colloquial name for the Jastrebarsko region (“Valley of the Cardinals”). The course is currently closed and to our knowledge has not yet reopened.

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