The course at the V Golf Club is set within a 350-acre estate adjacent to the Vilnius Grand Resort, which is located some 20 kilometres to the north west of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. Designed by PGA Design, the course is an extension of a modest golf facility that previously comprised three short holes and a covered driving range.
Greens have been constructed to USGA specification with sand-based fairways routed through forests of mature birch and pine trees. Water hazards have to be negotiated at seven holes on the front nine and six holes on the back nine so golfers of a hydrophobic disposition might find the going a little too damp here.
Reasonably proficient golfers might be able to reach three of the four par five holes with two very stout blows but the long 6th is out of reach to even the biggest of hitters with a fairway that crosses water twice between tee and green.
Jon Hunt of PGA Design provided the following article exclusively for Top 100 Golf Courses:
The course uses the natural topography to the maximum to ensure that the course creates a sense of place which could only be found in the area. A high water table ensures that the lakes will always be full and most of them are therefore in play.
The design aims to “touch the land lightly” and a large tree planting programme and the protection of the rich wildflower meadows is very much part of the design strategy. The course has multiple sets of tees on all holes to ensure that the course can be played and enjoyed by golfers of all levels.
Each hole has been planned to ensure that it is at its hardest from the back tees and gets progressively easier towards the front. The variation in landscape also provides fantastic views both within and around the site with a series of extremely memorable holes.
As the first major new course in Lithuania, it hosts a golf academy on a large dedicated driving range with short game and putting practice areas immediately adjacent. Having worked across the world on hundreds of golf projects, PGA Design Consulting believe that this is one of the most beautiful courses in Europe.
An undulating parkland members course set 20 minutes north of Vilnius that is still quite young but already a solid layout. Water features prominently with most holes being crossed or bordered by water at some point. It's not just accuracy that matters either, with distance control being necessary to access the right landing areas. Turf quite soft and damp with regular divots taken, but greens okay. Value for money, pleasant course, nice modern clubhouse and restaurant area.
Feature hole was probably the 7th, which is an s-shaped double dogleg par 5 played through the forest. A long solid drive over the hill can access a downslope to potentially allow an attack of the green, but the second shot would be blind, cutting the second corner and would take the best of strikes. Played as a tree shotter, this is a wonderful golf hole.
Now, it would be remiss of me not to make the following comments:
- The walk from the clubhouse to the 1st tee is at most 500m. Maybe in 2012 there was work going on and a different layout. Or even if walking from the adjacent Grand Resort hotel, it's 500m to the clubhouse, then the 500m to the first.
- Raimondas is right that in that you have to be sensible when playing this course as knowing the distances is key. Many holes have water or a dogleg at about 220-250m off the tee, or both, and taking driver is highly risky. Fairway woods, hybrids and long irons are key to smart positioning.
- Top 30 in Continental Europe??? Can I have some of what you're on please. I went and read through the full top 100 in Europe on this site and feel comfortable that V Golf won't be found on that list any time soon. Maybe 130th in Europe might be more realistic. Guess I must be clueless; but to allow the reader to make up their own mind: I hit the same club on all of the par 3's because they're all about the same yardage. Those holes where you have to throttle back from driver, well they're essentially one-dimensional because you have to hit short of the hazard, then take long, middle or short iron airborne direct to the green. The forest, the lines and the hazards dictate pretty much which shots to hit. Now, don't get me wrong, there's a place for this form of target golf and it's quite exhilarating to have to execute the right shot and the forest is pleasant to walk through, but the complete absence of options or a ground game is a limiting factor.
- Finally, there's the comments from the design agency, discussing their own design. Surely the basis for honesty, no? "One of the most beautiful in Europe." Sure, if that list extends to 200 or so courses... It was nice, but caution on the hyperbole.
I'd like to play there again, but I'd also be tempted to check out National Golf Resort and also 'The (Geographical) Centre of Europe' Golf Club. Vilnius is quite a nice city too.
I agree and disagree with some of your points. Lot of players hate The V concerning difficulty to play well for result as it should be in resort golf course. Also for lot of lost balls in the hazards. Totally agree concerning big distance between clubhouse and 1st tee or hotel. Sometimes it sucks...especially when you would like to take a break between front and back nine with glass of beer and snack. Totally disagree regarding the same distance of all par 3 holes - please check your scorecard twice. They all a very different and can't image how to play it all with the same club....would like to see it :) Actually it depends on which tee you played. Also disagree that this course is boring and predictable. I’ve heard from many pro players that this course is too hard for medium or high hcp players. That is true...and I saw terrible results in different tournaments of really good players. It's challenging course especially from back tees. I'm absolutely sure about The V golf club possibility to be one of TOP 50 course in the Europe. Of course, it all depends on the criteria by which golf courses are judged. I have not seen many golf courses where the fairway would be as tidy and well maintained as the relatively humid Lithuanian climate allows, and the greens would be fast enough. It is difficult to argue about the picturesqueness and beauty because it is a matter of every taste - someone likes the mountains and the sea, and someone likes the plains and links type golf courses. My opinion challenging and quality is the main argument for rating...also dising and service (regarding The V it is not very high level). Lets try one more time in early summer or late spring when the course is the best! I’m not affiliated with any corrupt ties to The V except that I often play here. :) Have a nice day!
The fact that this course is not in the top 30 in Europe is a joke and shows how clueless the voters are. Old style courses like Chantilly, Hamburger ,Fontainblue,Royal Zoot don’t hold a candle to this course.
Miss a fairway, don’t even look for your ball. Greens were in perfect condition ,a little slow perhaps but make the greens an eleven and a low Hdcp amateur couldn’t break 80.
This course is a gem, don’t miss if ever in Lithuania.
One of the most challenging golf courses in Europe. Every of 18 holes is taking provocation to choose an unsafe game and risk much more than in other golf courses. At first of all it seems easy: distance is not so big. But take care, it may be deceptive - slopes and high trees can challenge you. If you choose safe game, nothing can't guarantee your success. Many doglegs, hazards and few narrow fairways takes really big challenge to achieve good result. Sometimes it depends on your personal success. I played here many times and each time it takes challenge and feeling as you play first time. Really good condition of fairways and greens. Greens are championship quality. Nice new clubhouse and restaurant. I had played with different people from different country and different level players, but all said about extreme challenge for first time playing and nice course surroundings.I have visited many golf courses in different countries, but The V is special. As a member here, I invite everybody to play here and really enjoy quality and challenge.