The Czech Republic is mainly known for its divine nature, its vibrant capital city Prague and for its beer. Since the invention of Pilsner Urquell in 1842, the Czechs have been famous for producing some of the world’s finest brews. After a round of golf trip in the Czech Republic its great to endulge yourself in a Czech bar with a wide variety of regional Czech beers. But is the Czech Republic – or more specific Central Bohemian Region – the suitable as a golf destination? Leonard van Nunen went to Prague to find out if that’s the case!
A quick verdict on golf in Czech Republic
If we would need to summarize our golfing experience in the Czech Republic in a few words then we would have to say: normal expenses (food, drinks, hotels) in the Czech Republic are still fairly cheap, golf in the Czech Republic is still affordable (although quite comparable with prices in Western Europe) but certainly the level of maintenance is above average.
When visiting the Czech Republic, we played the following Czech golf courses: Beroun Golf Resort, Albatross GolfResort, Loreta Golf Club Pyšely, Golf Resort Konopiště, Panorama Golf Resort and Golf & Country Club Mstětice. In general, the level of maintenance of all these courses was above average , the green fee rates were quite acceptable and food and drinks (if not in Prague) are cheap compared to Western Europe. A main meal will set you back €10 – €15 and half liter of Urquell will cost you anywhere between €1.20 – €1.50 euro. As everyone needs to sleep, a twin room at a golf resort will cost around €60 – €80, which is quite good value for money. Did we have any points for improvements? Well, in general customer service and friendliness could be improved and not everyone speaks English. If the Czech Republic really wants to become the new golfing destination, then this should change. When working in the hospitality industry, people should at least speak English.
Our Evangelist Leonard van Nunen – who visited the Czech Republic for us and who has played more than 300 courses world-wide – compared golf in the Czech Republic with playing golf in the Ardennes (Belgium), which is a big compliment. Rolling hills, great nature and good golf courses but at a lower price.
The Czech golf courses
Below a quick impression is given of the golf courses that we played in the Czech Republic. We have also plotted them on a map (with the hotels) so that everyone has a good understanding of the whole itinerary.
Beroun Golf Resort
First stop after touching down at Prague International Airport was Beroun Golf Resort. The course was designed by Canadian architect Les Furber, who worked closely with Robert Trent Jones Sr and who also designed another course nearby: Golf Resort Karlštejn.
The Beroun golf course looks a bit open and might not look very spectacular, but when you play it the course is surprisingly varied. Beroun has a large – Eastern Europe style – clubhouse with quite some facilities, like a restaurant, an adults-only clubroom, a hotel with seven double rooms and two deluxe rooms with jacuzzi, a wellness centre (with jacuzzi, sauna, massage room, fitness room and an outdoor pool) and a conference centre.
- Review of Leonard of Beroun Golf Resort (our rating: 7.5)
- All reviews of Beroun Golf Resort
- Beroun Golf Resort details
- Greenfee rate: Kč 2,000 (≈ 77 euro)
Albatross Golf Resort
The championship course at Albatross Golf Resort – opened in 2009 and host of the D+D Real Czech Masters in 2018 and European tour venue since 2014 – is a very long course. So make sure to bring your driver! The total length of the course from the black tees extends beyond 6800 metres and even from the yellow tees measures over 6000 meters. The course is designed by Keith Preston who also designed several other Czech golf courses like Ypsilon Golf Resort Liberec and Loreta Golf Club Pyšely.
The Albatros golf course is pretty flat compared to other courses in the region. The bunkers are very nice and some of them are huge. The water hazards were a bit too artificial, but the shape and position really added excitement to the holes. The maintenance of the golf course was great, the fairways and greens were amazing. Especially because it hadn’t rained for 2 months. Greens were true and thick in grass.
- Review of Leonard of Albatross Golf Resort (our rating: 8.2)
- All reviews of Albatross Golf Resort
- Albatross Golf Resort details
- Greenfee rate: Kč 1.750 – 2,150 (≈ 68 – 83 euro)
Loreta Golf Club Pyšely
The architect of Loreta Golf Club is Keith Preston, who also designed two other famous golf courses in Czech Republic, Albatross and Ypsilon. In our opinion Loreta has a much more natural feel to it than Albatross. Maintenance at Loreta is good although the greens were not very quick when we were there. The staff was super friendly and the food (nice local dishes) was very nice.
As we already said, the architect has managed to make good use of the rugged landscape, preserve many hedgerows, woodland nooks and full-grown trees. So the course as the whole does not give the impression of being recently built.
- Review of Leonard of Loreta Golf Club Pyšely (our rating: 8.1)
- All reviews of Loreta Golf Club Pyšely
- Loreta Golf Club Pyšely details
- Greenfee rate: Kč 1.350 – 1.690 (≈ 52 – 65 euro)
Golf Resort Konopiště
Golf Resort Konopiště is located only 40km from Prague. The resort offers 45 holes in total. If offers two 18-hole championship courses (Radecký and d’Este) and a 9-hole public course which is accessible to players without an official handicap. The hotel at Konopiště is opened year-round and is conveniently situated in the heart of Golf Resort Konopiště. The hotel consists of eighteen buildings offering 135 luxurious double rooms.
When visiting Konopiště we played the d’Este course, which has a slightly lower rating than the Radecký course. When we played here, the rough was quite friendly – as you would expect on a resort course – and the golf course itself is not very long (although while playing it feels much longer). In our opinion the 9th hole is visually the most impressive hole and hole 18 is just too difficult for a finishing hole on a resort course. So, a good course and resort although the rooms and restaurant could use some TLC (Tender Loving Care).
- Review of Leonard of Golf Resort Konopiště (our rating:8.0)
- All reviews of Golf Resort Konopiště
- Golf Resort Konopiště details
- Greenfee rate: Kč 1.700 – 2.000 (≈ 66 – 77 euro)
Panorama Golf Resort Kácov
Panorama Golf Resort is a fairly new resort and offers 3 different loops, so 27 holes in total: Forest, River and Meadows. We – and more golfers agree – liked the River course the best. The Forest course in our opinion is only suitable for low handicap players. It’s a very hilly course, with hard fairways which also slope a lot and with difficult pin positions. It’s fun to play, but in our opinion you need to have a handicap 10 or less to really enjoy this course. A buggy is recommended. The River course is much more relaxed and the river is nicely integrated in the design.
Panorama Golf Resort further has a driving range and a chipping & putting green. The clubhouse is new and it also offers a hotel (10 double rooms and 4 suites) and a restaurant.
- Review of Leonard of Panorama Golf Resort (our rating 7.8)
- All reviews of Panorama Golf Resort
- Panorama Golf Resort details
- Greenfee rate: Kč 1.500 – 1.800 (≈ 58 – 70 euro)
Golf Club Mstětice
The last golf club we visited on this intense golf trip was Golf Club Mstětice. The course is less interesting than the other golf courses we played, but still a proper and enjoyable course. Mstětice is a links like course in a relatively flat country side. As mentioned, the holes are ok, but what stands out are the 3 beautiful greens and water hazards at the 3rd, 10th & 17th hole.
The lockers were a bit small with 2 showers and towels can be asked at reception. The food was nice and the people were friendly. The course is located about an half hour from Prague airport so good place to end or start your golf trip in Czech Republic.
- Review of Leonard of Golf Club Mstětice (our rating: 7.2)
- All reviews of Golf Club Mstětice
- Golf Club Mstětice details
- Greenfee rate: Kč 1.050 – 1.350 (≈ 40 – 52 euro)
Where to stay?
Prague – the capital city – or Konopiste (just south of Prague) would be ideal to stay. Staying a long weekend (3-4 days) would be just right but even a week would be no punishment. Prague is the cradle of Czech culture and a fascinating city which anyone living in Europe should visit at least once. Prague offers an almost intact medieval city centre with the 14th-century Charles Bridge connecting two historic neighbourhoods across the Vltava River.
The nightlife in Prague offers an interesting mix, like traditional beer halls and pubs and great night clubs where you can dance all night long to house, techno all other types of dance music. In Prague we stayed in the Lindner Hotel Prague Castle.
We also stayed at Golf & Spa Resort Konopiště which is perfectly fine as well and golfers might prefer to be close to the course for a early morning round.
Flight connections from Prague Airport with other European capital cities is very good. Prague Airport is one of Europe’s fastest growing airports in the 10−25 million passengers category. Currently almost 70 airlines connect Prague directly with more than 160 destinations all over the world. We flew from Amsterdam to Prague and back with Czech Airlines.
We will certainly come back to golf in the Czech Republic! Leadingcourses.com is currently making it possible to book tee times online at almost every Czech golf course!
Note: this golf trip was made possible by Czech Tourism. Thanks for arranging this!