Construction work on the first nine holes at Diners Golf Course (now called Diners CUBO Golf Course Ljubljana) started in early 2007 under the direction of architect Peter Škofic, with the second nine added a year later. The wooden-framed clubhouse and covered range were then built before the full 18-hole layout opened for play in 2009.
Situated a mere 20-minute drive from the capital’s city centre, the course measures 5,872 metres from the back markers and the layout is configured with six par threes, six par fours and six par fives and there are four teeing areas on every hole.
Surrounded by dense forest, the fairways are surprisingly open, allowing golfers to enjoy their game without spending too much time looking for lost balls. Three of the holes nearest the clubhouse are floodlit, allowing late night practice.
Holes of note include short par threes at the 5th (“Gambling Lord”) and 7th (“Turkish Hoof”), where the greens on both holes are protected by water hazards. On the back nine, the double doglegged 11th is rated the strongest par five on the scorecard.Unfortunately, the management company Golf Projekti went bankrupt in 2017 after less than a decade operating the golf facility and a consortium of StudioPro M&A and Elements Capital Management took over the lease.
Just in the vincinity of Ljublijana this is one of the better golf courses in Slovenia. Cant compare with other courses like Bled for example which is not far away. The layout is a little bit average and there are no scenic views. But a nice clubhouse with good food and drinks.
The course at Diners was something of a disappointment after earlier visiting Arboretum, which is a far superior layout located half an hour’s drive away. There’s a definite lack of sophistication to the design here in comparison to the other course, evidenced by having par threes as opening and closing holes. The routing is also a bit disjointed – the two nines are laid out on either side of a road – with a closing par sequence of 3-5-5-3.
The aesthetics let the course down in places, whether it be the giant overhead power lines that run behind the otherwise splendid par three 5th hole or the practice area nets that form a backdrop to the closing hole, where the area around the clubhouse seems all a little too cluttered. Sometimes the feel of a place just doesn’t resonate with you and that’s the way it was for me at Diners, I’m afraid.
On the plus side, the course is well maintained, fairways are wide and forgiving, and the greens are absolutely enormous (though with minimal internal contouring). The slightly downhill par three 7th (“Turkish Hoof”) is another great hole on the front nine, its long, shallow green sitting just beyond an intimidating pond. Unfortunately, none of the remaining holes on the card come close to matching it.