The course at the Mariánské Lázně Golf Club is an example of the traditional type of Scottish and Irish courses of their time. The course lies on a plateau 787 metres above sea level and was established in 1905, thus making it the oldest course in the territory.
The course was founded and inaugurated on 21 August 1905 by King Edward VII of the United Kingdom. Having cut the inauguration tape, the King signed his name with a golden pen into the visitor’s book and, at the same time, became the first founding member of the club. The Mariánské Lázně Golf Club is the only one in Central Europe that can boast such a significant past. The club became the stage for one of the most important world amateur tours – the European Championship for Amateur Teams. The undisputed pinnacle of the clubs history was in 2003, when the club received the right to use the title “Royal Golf Club” by the resolution of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, and the following visit by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.
The course forms a compact and clearly defined area, which is deviated from by only two holes which were completed in 1978 to replace two original holes which were too short and compact. Compared to newly built courses, the greens are very small, although there are well protected bunkers. The course is flat for the greater part and at first sight it may appear easy, but during a game many hazards requiring an exact golfing technique appear.
It is largely surrounded by coniferous forests which create a feeling of wellness even in hot summer days. Views of the natural landscape which is undisturbed by any construction developments can be found at many points.
Photo: Karen Vimmerová