Situated close to the border with Germany, within the famous West Bohemian spa triangle of Karlovy Vary, Marianske Lazne and Frantiskovy Lazne, the 18-hole layout at the Golf Resort Frantiskovy Lazne is a new millennium co-design from Heinz Fehring and Peter Walker that first opened its doors to visitors in 2003.
Fairways are routed through dense woodland comprised of mature pine, spruce and birch trees, with wetland areas and ponds also coming into play from time to time. Holes tie into the landscape so well that golfers playing here for the first time might think it’s one of the nation’s oldest courses, not one of its newcomers.
Measuring 6,561 metres from the back tees, the layout plays to a par of 72, featuring a handful of five par fives on the scorecard. The final couple of three-shot holes are played back-to-back, starting at the 15th, with the 544-metre double doglegged 16th considered as the signature hole on the course.
The first two holes are terrible, but after that the golf is great. Some excellent long holes, with interesting features that somewhat remind me of Yorkshire heathland course. It's a lot of fun and a good test of golf.
Play midweek in the early summer and no one else will be on the course.