First Warsaw Golf & Country Club is the most historically important club in Poland’s recent history as, back in the early 1990s, it was the first (as it’s name suggests) to begin the process of establishing Poland as a modern Central European golfing centre. Where First Warsaw led in those early post-Communist days, many clubs have since followed.
First Warsaw was designed by Swedish architect Jan Sederholm (who has many top Scandinavian courses to his name, including Larvik in Norway, Espoo in Finland, Himmerland (PGA New) in Denmark and Bokskogens (Old) in Sweden) and the 18-hole layout sits just to the north of the Polish capital.
It’s laid out in 155 acres of prime parkland, routed through stands of mature trees and around several large lakes that lie on the floodplain of the River Vistula. Indeed water comes into play at almost half the holes on the card (most of these are on the front nine) and with fairways being tight, by all means hit it long here but more importantly, hit it straight!
In First Warsaw’s relatively short history, the club has hosted three European Challenge Tour events, the 1996 Polish Open and consecutive Warsaw Golf Opens in 1998 and 1999. The 1999 Warsaw Open resulted in Niclas Fasth claiming the title.
I've been a member of First Warsaw for 6 years, and the course has completely transformed in that time. The owner has invested heavily in the bunker system which was completely redesigned and redeveloped in 2016, and he continues to invest in maintaining what is now known as not only the best course in Poland but also the most challenging.
I was disappointed. I expected more. I had the very great pleasure of playing with one of the directors and his enthusiasm for the future plans he has will ensure this review has a sell by date of months rather than years. However, too many holes are contrived in a naïve way. There are trees that need a proper chopping and the land itself is unremarkable. I hope that the much needed bunker work has the desired impact but I can't help thinking there is more work to do to fill in the blanks and perhaps rethink the awkward shape of some of the holes. JCB LAY
You had the doubtful pleasure of playing in the midst of USGA and European Tour standards total course renovation.In short, you played when the course was upside down. Hardly a period for a review....
Having said that, all course renovation finished to the highest of standards.
Few greens were changed as well as few fairways.
We trust that not for nothing First Warsaw is the host of the European Challenge Tour and Number One course in Poland per the most respectable voting system.
You are also correct regarding the need of triming some of the trees. This work is being done in the winter.
You may also be pleased to learn that we have hired a new Internationally awarded Director of Agronomy (AKA Head Green Keeper).
Please visit out FB or web site to see the outcome of the "construction mess" you played through, Im sure you will be pleased.
C U soon with the hope of a much better review, LOL
Course design: absolute top class.
Course quality: still has room for improvement.
Training facilities: mats on the driving range should be changed. The Academy is great. The Executive Course very nice!
Facilities: still a lot to be done (club house, bathrooms, lockers, etc.)
Bar: unfortunately pricey and the food is not top class. It's got a great view from the terrace.
Wonderful course! Just started learning, the newly openeg PGA Practice Course, 9 holes, really good for step by step learning!