Martin Munka has built a number of courses in recent times in both the Czech Republic and Slovakia (including Black Stork at Vel’ká Lomnica) but his building skills were extended somewhat in 2014 with the design, construction and operation of the new 27-hole golf facility at the Green Resort, close to the village of Hrubá Borša.
Established by ORAG Slovakia, a company with many years of experience in the field of golf course development, the main 18-hole course here measures 6,646 metres from the back tees, playing to a par of 72. The front nine holes are routed around several lakes, with the back nine weaving through a small housing estate before returning to the clubhouse.
Feature holes include the 561-metre 3rd hole (where a large waste area impedes approach shots to the front left of the green), the slightly uphill par three 7th (with a pronounced back to front, two-tiered green), and the short par three 16th, which plays across water to a shallow, heavily sand-protected putting surface.
This course is around 20-30 minutes off Bratislava and easy to reach. The course is not a bad design with some really nice holes. The front nine are more open and the back nine are more tree lined. A lot of construction around the course so the views are not the best. Tee boxes were really in bad condition especially the yellow tees (as I saw althouh I played from white), fairways and greens really good.
Clubhouse and restaurant are just average nothing special. So if you are around there you can play but in my point of view it is not woth a trip
Things didn’t look great before getting out onto the course as the low-key, temporary clubhouse had more than a transient feel to it but once I arrived at the 1st tee, I was really surprised by the quality of the build at Borsa, where fairways and greens have been carpeted with bent grass.
The owner/designer/builder has worked on quite a few golf course projects within Slovakia and neighbouring countries and it’s obvious right from the start that you’re playing a professionally designed track that’s been created by somebody who knows what they’re doing.
Borsa’s been opened for four years now, attracting a membership of around 900, with around 25,000 rounds played here every year so it’s one of the more popular courses operating on the periphery of Bratislava. Plans are also now in place to build a permanent clubhouse building, which will certainly help to attract more golfers to the place.
I liked the way waste areas were brought into play on the front nine, with fairways routed around a few small water hazards. The par three 7th was probably the best hole for me on the outward half, played slightly uphill to a two-tiered green that slopes markedly from back to front.
The back nine holes are less open. There are several tree-lined fairways in play, mixed in with some holes that are bordered by new housing, which I found quite intrusive. Unfortunately, this real estate element will only increase as time goes by and more homes pop up.