In recent times, Bulgaria has lagged way behind other Eastern European countries like Turkey and the Czech Republic when it comes to investing in top end courses for visiting golfers. Well that is about to change very soon, thanks in no small measure to Gary Player, one of the global golfing greats.
Approached by the Bulgarian Golf Association’s President, Krassimir Guergov to help popularise the game in his country, the Black Knight has taken to the task with gusto, putting his name to a couple of major projects to the north east of Varna, on the edge of the Black Sea, near the town of Balchik.
The multi million development at Thracian Cliffs opened in 2011 and the other resort at BlackSeaRama has been open since 2008. Occupying a cliff top setting along the edge of the sea, the course is laid out within a residential estate that proudly claims to be Bulgaria’s first gated golfing community.
BlackSeaRama co-hosted the 5th Bulgarian Open Amateur Championship in 2009, sharing the tournament with another new venture, the Ian Woosnam-designed course at the Lighthouse Golf Resort, so it’s easy to see why many think the future of golf in this part of the world looks very bright indeed.