Since Estonia gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the country has wasted no time in welcoming visitors to its seaport capital of Tallinn, a wonderful old medieval city that takes great pride in its UNESCO World Heritage status.
At Manniva, just along the Baltic coast from Tallinn, the 27-hole modern golf complex at the Estonian Golf & Country Club is recognised as one of the best in Eastern Europe and it has been attracting a growing number of golfers to its fairways since it first opened in 2005.
One of only eight accredited PGA Tour venues in Europe, the Estonian’s 18-hole Sea course and 9-hole Stone layout were created by Finnish designer Lassi-Pekka Tilander on a site of historical significance where a number of archaeological artifacts – including arrow heads, coins and pottery – were found during construction.
Situated on the delta of the Jägala River, the Sea course is routed over three distinct types of terrain: parkland, heathland and links. Water hazards feature at several holes, most effectively at the signature par four 13th where the tee shot must avoid a rather prominent lake on the right as the fairway doglegs to the green.
The Estonian Golf and Country Club was honoured to host the 2009 Omega Mission Hills World Cup European Qualifiers, with 2-man national teams battling to win places at the tournament proper in China.