Golf courses in Poland are usually located in quiet areas, surrounded by green areas, away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The golf facilities are professionally equipped and often also illuminated, so you can spend a relaxing evening and also use the free day for your favorite game. The game facilities are equipped with driving ranges, putting greens (where there are holes with flags), artificial and natural, training holes, training bunkers, and sheltered stands for playing in rainy weather. Many facilities provide the possibility of renting electric golf carts, popularly called meleks in Poland. There are often shops (Pro Shop) next to golf courses, where you can buy clubs and other golf accessories with the help of professionals.
In contrast to its elitist image golf playing is not very expensive sport. Every major city has at least one golf facility in its vicinity, and Western Pomerania Region has already become a kind of Polish golf capital. The full list of accredited golf courses can be found here. Clubs associated with the PZG (Polish Golf Society) conduct promotional and sports golf activities at 19 18-hole courses, 18 9-hole courses, 3 6-hole courses, 17 driving ranges, 3 pitch & put facilities and 5 facilities with golf simulators.
Sand Valley Golf & Country Club is located about 45 min drive from Gdańsk. It is a complex that includes an 18-hole golf course and a golf academy. The field is situated on a 20-meter hill overlooking the countryside. The name was inspired by the valley that divides the area into two plateaus. The field is situated on a sandy base. The Sand Valley Golf Course was established in 2006-2009. It was designed by Lassi Pekka Tilander and was supervised by Tony Ristola. The course is designed so that it is ready to accept players of all skill levels.
Sierra Golf Club complex is located in Pętkowice near Gdansk (about 1 h drive), on an area of 82 ha. Sierra Golf Club is a full-size, 18-hole championship golf course (par 72) equipped with a modern driving range (26 stands sheltered from rain), putting, chipping and pitching green.
Toya Golf & Country Club is located just a few kilometers north of the center of Wrocław. It is an extraordinary tourist attraction of Lower Silesia and a favorite place of spending free time for many residents of Wrocław. It is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Poland that was built on the site of a former military training ground, the traces of which are clearly visible in places and give the holes a unique character. The gentle hills and numerous ponds that seem natural have been formed in an originally almost completely flat area.
Krakow Valley Golf & Country Club is a modern golf and recreation complex just 45 min drive from Krakow centre. The heart of which is an 18-hole championship course, designed by one of the most famous golf architects in the world - Ronald Fream from California. On an area of 160 ha in total, a year-round recreation center has been created, which includes: 18-hole course, 6-hole training course, driving range, 2 x putting green, chipping green, training bunker, equipment rental, pro-shop, two restaurants , hotel, conference center, sports shooting range, horse stud and 3 ski lifts.
First Warsaw Golf & Country Club was the first golf course in Poland. Located in Rajszewo, 25 km from the center of Warsaw. It is considered by many to be one of the most demanding golf courses in Europe. First Warsaw Golf & Country Club is embedded in the picturesque scenery of the Vistula river basin, in the heart of the Ławice Kiełpińskie National Park. The field is rich in specimens of old trees: over 150 years old weeping willows and majestic oaks. There are 12 lakes and ponds on the site, with a total area of 20 thousand square meters. The golf facility consists of an 18-hole championship golf course, PAR 72, a 250-meter covered driving range, a short game training center and a 600 square meters club house.
Summing up, Poland has very good conditions for golf players. The areas where golf courses have been established, single out with outstanding natural values and new and modern facilities, that provide dreamlike base for all golf lovers. If we add that golf can be practiced by all age groups and that during one round of golf, we can burn about 1000-1200 kcal, which is the same as during two hours of jogging or playing tennis we feel that we don’t need to add more. Just contact one of ITS Poland professional group tours advisors to plan your ideal Polish adventure.
Author: Agnieszka Szwedzińska