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.
Date: March 13, 2013