Amber Baltic (Championship) - Poland

Amber Baltic Golf Club,
ul. Ba³tycka 13,
72-514 Ko³czewo,
Poland


  • +48 514 021 218

  • Malgorzata Marchelak

  • Pierre R. Delacour, Hans Georg Erhardt

  • Jerzy Dutczak

The French company, MS International, under the stewardship of Pierre R. Delacour, undertook the original construction of the Amber Baltic golf courses and the impressive clubhouse. The first nine holes were opened for play in 1991, but a destructive storm in 1992 destroyed large parts of the course. This resulted in an insurance disagreement that culminated in a commission for H.G Erhardt to reinstate the course, make revisions and create a few new holes.

German-born architect Hans Georg Erhardt is probably best known for his Austrian design work with Kurt Rossknecht at the likes of Colony Club Gutenhof and Neusiedlersee-Donnerskirchen and with Doug Carrick at Fontana but Erhardt has worked extensively throughout central Europe, including Hungary, the Czech Republic and here at Amber Baltic Golf Club in Poland.

This 18-hole Championship course sits on a 165-acre site that also features a short beginners course. All the golf holes at Amber Baltic Golf Club lie within the Woliñski National Park on the Baltic island of Wolin, way up in the extreme north west of Poland, close to the German border.

The main Amber Baltic Championship course measures in at a modest 5,500 metres and it’s routed in two circuits that each return to the clubhouse. The front nine concludes with a very short par four and the back nine finishes with a 480-yard par five so golfers have a decent chance to end both the outward and inward halves with a birdie.

Since the club was officially formed in 1993, it has hosted a number of national tournaments: the very first Polish Open, the Amateur and Junior Opens, PGA Championship and PGA Team Matchplay Championship. Unfortunately, with a growing number of excellent courses springing up around the country, it may be some time before a top event returns to this charming Baltic outpost.
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Description: The Championship course at Amber Baltic Golf Club lies within the Woliñski National Park on the Baltic island of Wolin, way up in the extreme north west of Poland, close to the German border. Rating: 3 out of 6 Reviews: 1

Golf in Poland is relatively new, a young history of a little over 20 years so any course reviews must take this into consideration. Amber Baltic has been around since the start back in 1994, so this course will always have a special place in the country's golfing life. The course is a definite take of two nines, with the back nine much better in my opinion. The front nine is on low ground and takes in plenty of wetlands and these holes need a lot of strategy, especially from the tee. If I am honest, the opening hole is not so good, a hole near to 400 yards but having to cross water at key points; 200 yards from the tee and then again at 70 yards short of the green, may mean this is a par-4 with potentially two lay-ups for most, yes the design is working Amber Baltic Golf Course - Photo by reviewerwith the land but not a great hole. The very best hole on the front nine is the 8th, this is around 350 yards, dog legging to the right around a great collection trees - there is water to cross at around 170 yards, which is easily manageable. The green has a great shape too - a lot wider than than it is long - a really decent hole. The 10th hole is similar to the 1st with the double water cross but as a par-5, there is less pressure on the shots to the green. It is from the 11th tee that the course improves in a big way; the rest of the course has a completely different look (much better) as we move to the higher ground. There is very little water to deal with and the holes are of a type that can be seen on a modern style of course in England and just so different to the early holes. The 15th is a strong par-4, under 400 yards but is slightly uphill, turning left with trouble left and right and then the green is situated back downhill. The closing hole is a decent par-5, reachable for the big hitters for sure but with trees across the fairway around 100 yards out, make sure you make the right decision! Amber Baltic was my first taste of golf in Poland and I enjoyed the experience - right now the front nine would have a lesser ranking than the back, so overall the course gets a 3-ball from me - I am sure this can improve though, especially if the presentation and conditioning becomes a priority at the club.
3 / 6
Amber Baltic (Championship)
July 14, 2015


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