Located in the south of the Czech western Spa-/Golf-corner, it is the oldest golf course in the Czech Republic with rich tradition, opened in 1905 by HM King Edward VII. In 2003 it has been granted the “Royal” title by HM Queen Elisabeth II, as one of the few courses outside Great Brittan. One of the first winners of the Czechoslavak Open played over this course was also Henry Cotton (in 1937). It is old parkland design with rolling fairways, most of them lined by trees and with intensive bunkering, but it is still a challenging layout for modern golf. It served multiple times as European Tour venue. The season here is bit shorter due to high altitude and location on the plateau of Slavkovsky Forrest almost 800 meters above the sea. Highlights are the short par 4 6th, dogleg left with the second semi-blind shot played steep uphill, long par 4 10th with the tree-lined bottleneck shaped fairway and short par 5 11th, a classic risk/reward hole, where the decision has to be taken on the tee. This course is in particular a great golf experience on sunny day late in September or early October, when the trees turn into various colours, contrasting with the green fairways.
Date: January 20, 2016