Golf is coming to town

The game has a long history in Bohemia and more people are starting to play

This year, Prague.TV is covering the D+D Real Czech Masters at the end of August, a European Golf Tour event taking place at the Albatross Golf Resort just outside Prague. The Czech Masters tournament will be featured later in our series on golf in Prague.

First, a little bit of Czech golf history. Bohemia has quite a rich beginning as far back as 1904 when the golf course at Karlovy Vary was developed. Shortly after, a course at Mariánské Lázně opened. By the time the First Republic came into existence, Prague boasted its own course, Prague Golf Club, built by the Ringhoffer family at Motol. More and more courses popped up, however, World War II and the subsequent political environment halted the development of the game.

The last 20 years has seen a massive boom in the golf industry in the Czech Republic with just over 100 courses now offering playing time to over 50,000 registered players. It is becoming ever more popular to play.

There are now many courses within a one-hour drive of Prague, and most of them offer training and academies. They will help you get your certification to play, which allows you to become a member of a club and get registered with the Czech Golf Federation (CGF). You can find a full list of courses on the Federation website

A beginner’s guide to golf in Prague

If you’re a beginner there’s no need to fear either, many teaching professionals around Prague have studied abroad and you will have no problems finding a trainer in English or German, you will also find trainers speaking other European languages. In Prague, there are several academies that will be able to get you started, rent you equipment and help you begin with the game. They will also be able to guide you through the process of being certified to play. Below are some of the academies within Prague we suggest:

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New to Prague and know your golf

To play recreationally regularly, you’ll need to show the clubs you understand golf, quite often showing them your home club registration card from your home country. This however is probably not the best economical solution as you will always be paying visitors fees. If you are here long term and want to play regularly, join a club. Prices vary depending on the club but they all have at least English-language websites so don’t be afraid to investigate which club is best for you. Within Prague and its surroundings, you have several courses and we’ll review them in our next article in July. To become a member, you’ll need to be certified by the CGF, which you can complete with any golf trainer at the academies above. They will normally test your knowledge of the rules and verify a handicap for you. Depending on the trainer, prices will range from Kč 1,500-3,000 (not including any course fees for trial game).

Golf courses in Prague and its surrounding 

Motol – Prague’s oldest course nestled on the hillside opposite Motol hospital
Prague City Golf – A picturesque course in the south of the city in Zbraslav
Hodkovičky – A city golf escape, just 10 min by car from Anděl
Hostivař – A spot for some quiet time in the suburbs
Black Bridge Golf – A great course in an urban setting
Golf Líšnice – The second oldest course in the Czech Republic, often played by T.G. Masaryk
Golf Slapy – A challenging course overlooking the Slapy lake
Golf Mstětice – A championship course just 15min from Černý Most
Albatross – Home of the Czech Golf Masters a European Tour Event and just 30 min from the city centre
Golf Beřovice – A championship course on a backdrop of a Czech village
Karlštejn – One Czech’s greatest landmark in eyesight as you navigate your way around this ever-twisting course
Konopiště – A magic Czech fairy tale comes to life in the form of an excellent course

We’ll be reviewing some of these courses through the eyes of an English speaker and golfer in our next article in July and giving you some more information where to get your tickets to the Czech Golf Masters and much more. FORE!

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