The course at Postolowo was the last of four layouts in the Gdansk region that I played recently and for me it was the best. It gets off to a solid start on the opening three holes before things step up a gear at the 4th, a par five that hugs the side of a large lake with the fairway narrowing as it approaches the green. The same body of water comes into play near the end of the round but more of that later.
Holes 5 and 6 are contrasting par fours, the first one doglegging right between water hazards to the green, the second climbing up to an elevated green position. The par five 9th also requires precision to avoid a large bunker on the inside of the dogleg as the hole veers right to a green protected by water on either side of the putting surface. There’s then an opportunity to seek a little respite in the clubhouse before tackling the back nine because things only get tougher on the inward half.
The 10th to the 12th are relatively benign, despite the first of these holes classed as stroke index 1. The real fun starts on the left doglegged 13th, where the green has recently been pushed left and further back, beyond a pond that now menaces the front of the putting surface. A little pit stop called “The Lemon House” sits to the right of the green and it’s one of the nicest little halfway house set ups that I’ve ever come across – I could have just sat there for ages reliving the (extremely rare) one-putt birdie I’d just made on the hole just played!
The water theme continues on the par fours at 14 and 15, both of which dogleg right to the target, with the second of these holes also having to carry a wetland area in front of a peninsula green that juts out into the lake which was last seen at hole #4. It’s rated stroke index 3 but the 15th was easily the most difficult hole on the card in my book. Holes 16 and 17 also flirt with the lake before the final hole moves towards the clubhouse, with just one final small body of water to contend with on the front left side of the home green.
I was really glad the club arranged for one of its young leading amateur players to join our group as we’d have really struggled to apply the proper playing strategy on some of the holes without his sound advice, especially on the killer last six-hole stretch. Architect Jeremy Turner continues to fine tune this tough track which is more than capable of testing elite players – even the regular markers at 5,973 metres have a slope rating of 142 so golfers need to choose their tees carefully when playing here.
Date: June 05, 2018