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.