Casa Serena - Czech Republic

Casa Serena Golf,
Kutna Hora 284 01,
Czech Republic

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  • Maureen Chang

  • Robin Hiseman of European Golf Design

  • Colin Howe

Maureen Chang was the brainchild behind Casa Serena, which was named after Serena Lin, former wife of Terry Gou, a charismatic Taiwanese industrialist who purchased Chateau Roztez – a faded 17th century Hunting Lodge of Count Francis Sporck (known as the Father of Czech Freemasonry) – for a reputed $30 million in 2002. Maureen, a close friend of Serena, seized the opportunity to transform the historic property and adjacent grounds – located 53 km from Prague – into a private and exclusive global retreat to support Mr Gou’s business initiatives.

European Golf Design were called in to construct a top quality course, capable of hosting professional tournaments, and with a very generous budget, that’s just what they did. Unfortunately, the course at Casa Serena was completed in 2008, three years after Serena Lin died.

The course at Casa Serena is routed with returning loops of nine holes over ground that was previously used as farmland, secluded from the modern world by dense forest. The fairways wind their way through three separate plots, each of which are significantly undulating. Designed to be both strategic and beautiful, these immaculate emerald green fairways are sharply contrasted by vast areas of fescue.

Plenty of earth was moved to create the desired contours on the course and although the shaping isn't natural, it doesn't look or feel out of place at all. Many regard the par four 12th hole as the best on the scorecard. It features a long, sweeping fairway that rises gradually to an offset putting surface set into the hillside with deep bunkers protecting the front of the green.

One of the few private golf courses in all of the Czech Republic, Casa Serena does not accept pay and play customers. But the club signed a three-year agreement with the European PGA in 2008 to host the Casa Serena Open on the European Senior Tour.

In the inaugural competition, Bernhard Langer became the first person in eleven years to claim an important professional golf title in the Czech Republic – and, strangely enough, it was he who had last won at Karlštejn in 1997. The former Ryder Cup stalwart finished in fifth place, five strokes behind Peter Mitchell in 2009 and the following year, Gary Wolstenholme claimed the trophy when he won his first senior title in only his second start on the Tour. In 2011, Barry Lane won the 4th and final edition of the Casa Serena Open.

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Description: The exclusive and private course at Casa Serena is routed with returning loops of nine holes over what was previously used as farmland, secluded from the modern world by dense forest. Rating: 9 out of 10 Reviews: 2
Jiri Huml
Interesting, strictly private course, former venue of European Senior Tour, but without the penalizing links-like golden, waist-high rough, which challenged the Seniors so much when played back in 2008-2011. If I say private, I really mean PRIVATE. You need an invitation, and then pay penalizing €200+ green fee (more than twice than the next most Casa Serena Golf Course - Photo by reviewerexpensive course in the Czech Republic…), and you can enjoy it! Good news, breakfast, some beverage and snack for the course, and lunch after the round (one beer included) are part of the package, so you did not pay for nothing. Free balls ready in pyramids on the range, if you want to warm up first. I played the course twice in 2015, and it was really PRIVATE place on these days, as once there was one another flight on the course, and during my second visit (high summer) I was the only player on the course that day. Course was in great condition, manicured fairways, with reasonable penalizing rough. Greens were a slow, clearly not mowed in the last one or two days. A real “ghost course”. But great place if you want enjoy quiet round on your own (and the funds are not an issue for you), otherwise it is not value for money at all. For me solid in Top 20 courses in the Czech Republic, but by far not #1.
January 20, 2016
8 / 10
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August 01, 2016

Played the golf course last month. The greens were extremely slow and soft and the other areas of the course werent much better. Not worth the money in my view, luckily i didnt have to pay. Very dissapointed, only played 9 holes.

A wonderful delight, very luck to play this course with my good friend who arranged a visit. We played with a English Golf Professional Colin Howe who was a great host. Hospitality at the house 1st class, private golf course fit for lords and kings. A must for everyone if you can get access.
September 04, 2014
10 / 10
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March 20, 2015
I agree, a fantastic golf course with a great design and beautiful surroundings. The only problem is condition, it has been in very bad condition for the last 2 years. Very slow and patchy greens and generally looked very scruffy and untidy.I expect better from such a venue.