Moscow - Russia

Moscow Country Club,
Nakhabino,
Kransnogorsky District,
Moscow 143430,
Russia


  • +7 (495) 626 59 10

  • Not known

  • Robert Trent Jones Jnr

  • Konstantin Gribkov

Armand Hammer, one time chairman of Occidental Oil Company, told the former Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev a couple of ways of attracting foreign investment to the old USSR were the provision of comfortable limousines and golf courses for American businessmen.

The old Soviet government disregarded the advice, of course, and it was not until much later in the late 1980s that the new Russian regime embraced the game of golf. The first course was constructed for the Moscow City Golf Club under the direction of its founder, former Swedish ice hockey player, Sven Tumba. The Moscow Country Club followed it soon after.

Located in Nakhabino, just north west of the capital, the Moscow County Club was created in 1993 as the first golf development of GlavUpDK, a department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the masterminds behind the project were Alexander S. Zinoviev (first deputy director of the state department), Ivan Sergyev and Antti Peltoniemi.

The course sits on a 300-acre property, incorporating a 131-room hotel with all the usual leisure facilities like swimming pools, solarium, massage and beauty treatment rooms. An adjoining sports complex offers activities as varied as squash, volleyball and fishing.

Course architect Robert Trent Jones Jnr routed the holes through a birch tree forest and he said that the layout; “was designed to be a very traditional parkland course… the concept is classic strategy with hazards placed to create risks and rewards thus providing exciting, enjoyable golf.”Almost half the holes at the Moscow Country Club course have water to contend with, especially at the signature, 576-yard par five 5th. The drive must be played to a landing area to the right of water then the second shot has to be hit to left of the next water hazard. Only then, after tacking your way from the tee, can an approach be played – over water again – to the green.

Moscow Country Club hosted the Russian Open for six consecutive years from 2003 to 2008. After a five-year hiatus, the tournament was rekindled in 2013 and relocated to Tseleevo Golf & Polo Club.

Paul Thomas of Dave Thomas Ltd. was commissioned by Moscow Country Club in 2013-2014 to undertake substantial infrastructure improvements, including new cart paths, extensive fairway drainage works and bunker relining. The effect of these changes has allowed play to start earlier in the year and to continue later into autumn before the arrival of the long Russian winter.

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Description: Almost half the holes at the Moscow Country Club golf course have water to contend with, especially at the signature, 576-yard par five 5th. Rating: 4 out of 6 Reviews: 2

I lived in Moscow for 3 years and was lucky enough to be able to play MCC regularly. The layout is interesting and challenging, with plenty of water and a lot of difficult decisions. Tight, tree-lined fairways give for some fairly claustrophobic driving but the course is not overly long, and rewards thoughtful club selection and course management. The par 3s are excellent, and there are several stretches of memorable holes: eg 3,4,5 posing a difficult stretch of holes with a dog-leg left to a green protected by water, followed by a lovely par 3 across a lake and a par 5 which tacks across two big lakes; or the finish with 17 and 18 being played on two sides of a large reservoir lake. For a course that has so much water, though, it is memorable mainly for winding its way through a beautiful forest and really has parkland characteristics that are reminiscent of great inland courses in UK like St George's Hill or The Berkshire. The greens and condition of the course are obviously at the mercy of the elements in the harsh climate of Russia, but my memory is of being nicely surprised by the overall high quality of the greens and fairways. The clubhouse facilities are excellent, with a good restaurant and an outdoor terrace overlooking the practice facilities that I have good memories of. Surprisingly for a hotel owned property, this felt like a real 'club' and the membership are pretty active at running events and fun competitions. I really enjoyed my time there and will be sure to visit again when I return to Moscow.
5 / 6
Moscow
March 13, 2013


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A good relaxing golf course.The course used to be in a good condition but the quality has dramatically decreased this year. The greens are not quick anymore and even have bare spots, the tees are almost ruined and the fairways seem to have more divots then grass.Speaking of the strategical merits, the fairways and greens are well protected and the bunkering is good but nothing outstanding.The course is situated in a beautiful forestland which is good.The mark for this course should be 4-ball if the condition is good and may be 5 if it is excellent but for now it doesn't deserve anything but a 3-ball rating.PS: The caddy service (driving range, starter) is crappy.
3 / 6
Moscow
September 10, 2009


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