The city of Czestochowa in the south of Poland is a place of pilgrimage for many Christians who come to pay homage at the Jasna Gora Monastery, a famous shrine to the Virgin Mary, which houses the Black Madonna painting. To the south west of the city, Rosa Golf Club has also received a steady stream of (probably less religious) visiting golfers since it first opened its doors in 2005.
Designed by architect Hans-Georg Erhardt, the course at Rosa was built to exacting USGA specification on a largely flat, uninteresting landscape. To create some movement across this dull terrain, over a million cubic metres of soil was shifted during construction, creating a series of small, interconnected lakes which now irrigate the layout.Feature holes here include a couple of short par fours on the front nine, at the 330-metre 2nd and 332-metre 5th, both of which dogleg left from tee to green. On the inward half, water protects the putting surface at the 192-metre 14th and 172-metre 17th as the green for each of these par three holes lies on the other side of small, intimidating lakes.
I spent a 5 days playing here and everyday the course got better and better. It plays long as its a strategic course with lots of options on how to play each hole. My favourite holes were 3, 9, & 12. The par 3 were all good solid holes. I thought the weakest hole was the 6th, a short, straight par 5. The green were undulating and fast, the fairways like carpets. The practice facilities are second to none. Well worth a golf trip to Rosa.