Opened for play in 2015, the course at Pärnu Bay Golf Links was set out by Lassi Pekka Tilander, the Finnish architect who was also responsible for designing the 27-hole facility at the Estonian some eight years earlier.
The course is situated on a narrow strip of land in a stunning coastal setting where the forest meets the sea at Pärnu Bay, featuring wide fairways, expansive sandy waste areas and multi-tiered greens.
There are too many trees and small lagoons for it to be considered a classic links in the true sense of what you’d expect to find in Scotland or Ireland but, for this part of the world, it’s nothing short of a golfing wonder.
The designer had this to say when asked to
comment on the course’s most distinctive holes:
Our signature hole is the par five 18th returning to the clubhouse. It’s not long, but with a 180-degree sea view, it’s the hole that will be remembered."
Pärnu Bay Golf Links is one of the best golf courses in Estonia and Baltic States, real links course in the true sense of the word: a coastal stretch of land with sandy soil and fescue grasses. The course features wide fairways and expansive sand areas, as well as multi-leveled greens with bold movement. The par-72, 18 hole course plays to ~6,200 meters. The course also features riving range, putting green, marvelous clubhouse facing the sea with a fully equipped pro shop, saunas and restaurant EAGLE offering local and international flavors. I never tried so tasty huge burger like here. New and ultimately modern clubhouse. At the top of the highest point on the course, the glass-walled restaurant offers a breathtaking 360-degree view – enjoyable sight of the sea, forest, or golf course, or all three with just a turn of the head. Located in seaside of the Baltic sea, golf course has four last holes with beautiful view of coastline as background. Concerning prices it is not cheap golf course, but green fee prices include trolleys, course guide, saunas at the clubhouse. Also you must check special price time by time they offer.
Course is not very long and easy playable without buggy. I prefer walk here and find it comfortable and enjoyable. I was played here twice in the middle of the summer from white tees. I didn‘t find big challenges here except few holes. Fields condition was excellent, greens and fairways good maintained. Fairways are wide enough for long drives and greens also large. The first hole par 5 is very good begin for long hitters. Fairly straight field with fairway-protected sand areas from the edges makes it easy to reach the green with a second shot. No doubt second shot must be straight and accurate. After easy par (or birdie) the second hole is bit harder par 3. First shot must carry water hazard and two sand bunkers direct to center of the green. Next par 5 hole is longer than first one, but straight enough and with good opportunity to make par or better. ctually all holes in first nine are straight enough with large fairway for landing ball after drives from the tee. The second nine holes are more challenging. The 10th long par 5 (longest hole in the fields) with small dog leg to right and water hazards in both sides is one of the hardest and interesting. Each another hole is more atractive and challenging to compare with first nines. Exception is 15th short par 4 hole. Here you can play risky with first huge drive direct to green, or safety with 7 (8) iron + PW (AW) to reach middle of the green. Everything depends on wind also... Lets check yours brave :) The last hole par 5 is also challenging with narrow fairway and huge water hazard in right side and sand in left. Finally Pärnu Bay is the place where you can improve your hcp or have nice and enjoyable day.
As every golf course rating is always a subject with a lot of subjectivity, depending on various criteria and personal point of view to importance things, my personal opinion depends on following criteria: course complexity or challenging, fields condition (especially greens & fairways), service (only what you can get: buggie, club rent, condition of clubs, the amount of choice and etc. except staff and other subjective things that depends on your or staff mood), surrounding views or pleasure to the eyes and definitely value for the price. All criteries will be rating from 1 to 5 stars. My priority is challenging and value for price criterias. Pärnu Bay Golf Links gets:
1. Challenging - 3* +
2. Condition - 5*
3. Service - 5*
4. Surroundings - 5*
5. Value for the price - 4* +
Really pleasant to play here. Will be back soon.