The Mazury course was a new entry in the Top 10 for Poland when it was re-ranked six months ago so I thought it was worth a visit as I was staying not too far away on a recent trip to Gdansk. The first thing that strikes you on arrival is the enormous size of the clubhouse, which has 22 guest rooms on the upper floors. There are also some apartment blocks on the other side of the 18th fairway which can apparently accommodate the same numbers as those at the top of the clubhouse.
Why the club feels it necessary to have all these rooms is beyond me (unless there’s a dearth of decent hotels locally and it wants to fill the void perhaps) because there doesn’t appear to be any real attempt to attract foreign golfers the same way that Sand Valley is operating, for instance. The fact that it’s a good two and a half hour drive from Gdansk airport doesn’t help matters regarding transfers, right enough.
The course itself is a new millennium Martin Hawtree design, along with a 6-hole practice course (which I was told was having its bunkers removed to help young players develop their golfing skills without having to worry about sand hazards, which makes a lot of sense). Measuring 6,507 metres from the back tees, the par 72 layout has a meaty course rating of 74.7 with a slope rating of 143.
Water threatens at holes 5 and 6, where the tee shot has to avoid ponds on both sides of the fairway on the former and the approach to the green has to carry another small lake on the latter. On the back nine, a large wetland area needs to be crossed en route to the green at the penultimate hole, with yet more water to negotiate to the front left of the tough par four 18th. It’s a pleasant enough course but not the most memorable parkland track you’ll ever play.
Date: June 05, 2018