Slovakia

Slovakia is landlocked and mountainous and it’s set in the heart of Europe where the Celts once lived in pre-Christian times. This was naturally long before the country was absorbed into the former Czechoslovakia. With a quiet and relaxed pace of life, Slovakia has wonderful architecture with medieval castles and cities.

Andy Warhol was the son of Slovak parents and there is a Warhol museum in the town of Medzilaborce that displays some of his artwork. There is a delightful absence of commercialism and, for the time being at least, Slovakia remains a refreshingly quaint and congestion free country.

According to the Slovak Golf Association, there are now more than twenty golf courses in the country and one in particular is rather good. Tále Golf Club at Horná Lehota, which is also known as Gray Bear, was the only real “championship” standard course in Slovakia. Gray Bear was used for most of the big national competitions and it’s worth playing.

But the new Nicklaus-designed Legend course at the Penati Golf Resort opened in August 2012 and, with the second Heritage course designed by Jonathan Davison appearing a year later, this is the premier golf facility in the country and worthy of close inspection.

We're also aware of the PGA-accredited 27-hole facility at the Black Stork Golf Resort, where the Lomnicky Golf Club has operated since 1999. Designed by Austrian architect Hans Erhardt, the course is just one of several that are in contention for a future Slovakian chart listing.

Our rankings of the Top 5 Golf Courses of Slovakia were last updated in January 2016. Click the link to read the story.

Top 100 Golf Courses - Slovakia

Penati (Heritage)

1st Slovakia Ranking

The layout of the Heritage course at the Penati Golf Resort is reminiscent of fragments from the numerous classic courses that were laid out on the famous sand belts of London and Melbourne.

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Penati (Legend)

2nd Slovakia Ranking

The Penati Golf Resort is set within a site blessed with sandy ground and pine trees. It’s an ideal property and Nicklaus Design etched the Legend, the first Slovakian 18-holer in the Golden Bear’s global collection...

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Gray Bear - Tále

3rd Slovakia Ranking

Gray Bear was the very first 18-hole championship golf course to open in Slovakia, nearly ten years after the Velvet Divorce with the Czech Republic in 1993.

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Bratislava (Black River)

4th Slovakia Ranking

Established in 2006, the 18-hole Black River layout is the main course at the Bratislava Golf & Country Club and it’s an absolute brute from the back tees...

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Skalica

5th Slovakia Ranking

Opened for play in 2009 and fashioned in a links-like style by Hans-Georg Erhardt of Golf & Land Design, the course at Skalica Golf Club is routed on relatively flat terrain around five lakes, measuring a testy 6,577 metres from the back tees.

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