Our first golf tour of Prague and what a lovely city it is. Not many destinations live up to their picture postcard images, but Prague does. Our accommodation was right in the city centre from where it was easy to shop or explore the historical buildings and bridges and of course the many restaurants for après golf dining. The golf was surprisingly good. All five courses were in excellent condition and all good tests in their own right. A testament to the quality is that everyone agreed a return in the not to distant future should be scheduled and we found it difficult to place in order our favourites, albeit as noted below, Karlstejn was no.1 and probably Black Bridge no.5, but more so for its difficulty rather than its quality.
Our first round of golf at Albatross GC, venue for the Czech Open as seen on Sky Sports 3 weeks ago, was very enjoyable. A typical modern design and not difficult to see how scores in the low sixties are achieved if the weather is kind, although the last few holes tighten up some with the use of water. Unless the piece of land is exceptional, we now play many, many courses of this ilk. Ali’s birdie 3 for 4 points on the 18th sealed a win here for her, Gurdip and Arnold, fresh from his last tour venue of Cork! The evening was taken up with a Jazz and Blues dinner cruise to see the city and lights from the Vitava river.
Prague City GC was a real surprise. A municipal course built in the city outskirts with a distinct links feel, especially with the bunkering and huge undulating greens, albeit a flat walk. 3 putting was more common than usual on greens designed to hit the correct portion. We all enjoyed this fair test and with 71pts Ali, Ronnie and myself pipped Tony, David H and Gurdip on the back nine.
Black Bridge GC proved a tougher test with some long carries both from tee and to a few greens. Another course in excellent condition and big sloping greens. 72 from Arnold, Tony and myself Proved a clear winning score.
Karlstejn GC was voted course of the week. Our longest drive out into the hills and lovely countryside with far reaching views from the clubhouse overlooking the course below. A splendid variety of holes and yet again greens to treat with the upmost respect. Gurdip and yours truly with a super back nine of 23pts returned a very respectable 38 recovering from a very mediocre start, pipped Ali and David H by 2 who in turn beat Arnold and Neil on the back nine, in our 4bbb event.
The final round of the week at Konopiste GC began with an early morning start for an 8 o’clock tee time. A little misty and cloudy throughout our round spoilt what again would have been a lovely vista, however, another lovely course and Vanessa and Ali beat the men with a 38 BBB score while Vanessa scored a very good 33pts to win the overall individual.
Iain take note please of the request of a revisit!
Hope to see you soon.