The village of Døíteè lies just to the north of the regional town Pardubice and it’s where golfers will find one of the most modern course designs to open in the Czech Republic. Laid out on a plain beneath Mount Kunìtická, a cone-shaped hill topped by a 15th-century castle ruin, the Kuneticka Hora fairways spread out round three large lakes on an imposing 350-acre site.
Australian architect Graham Marsh has constructed over 50 courses around the world in a design career spanning 30 years and the course, which opened at Kunìtická Hora in 2007, is only the second European layout (following Habsberg, Germany in 2003) that he has put his stamp on.
Eye catching clusters of distinctive, large clover-shaped fairway and greenside bunkers are found on most holes – the lakeside, par three, 13th has a very extravagant collection of sand traps sitting front left of the green – and many of the putting surfaces are laid out as large, multi-tiered greens that can offer a variety of pin placements.
The signature hole is the 560-yard par five 16th, one of six holes at Kunìtická Hora which bring the lakes into play. With water threatening all the way up the right hand side, the fairway doglegs sharply in that direction to a green surrounded by sand – anyone who tries to reach the putting surface in two shots from the tee is either a highly accomplished golfer or a sadly delusional individual!