Zala Springs Golf Resort opened for play in 2016
Located 2 hours from Budapest, the Robert Trent Jones Jnr design is the centrepiece of a residential property development.
Already some regard Zala Springs as the premier course in Hungary
The course is good to play, very well maintained, and strategically strong
I like the combination of short strategic and longer more demanding par 4’s.
And there are some very interesting par 5’s...
It is definitely a thinking mans’ golf course!
Perhaps one downside is the very low profile bunkering, and the heavy granitic sand in them.
These bunkers play nasty- balls don’t necessarily roll to the low point- the heavy sand and low gradient means balls stop on the down slope, and recovery is quite difficult
Being low profile, the bunkers are not particularly visible, and in my opinion this lessens the strategic interest as players cannot really see the options before them.
And low profile bunkers don’t 'lift' the visuals as more visual bunkers would do.
These quibbles aside, the course is still young and will look better as the surrounds mature.
But there can be little doubt Zala Springs is a quality course in the making
Notable holes include:
- the short strategic par 4 fourth hole
- the water carry par 3 fifth hole
- the short strategic par 4 sixth hole
- the long difficult par 5 ninth hole around the lake
- the all water carry par 3 twelfth hole
- the short strategic par 4 thirteenth hole
Zala Springs is a quality course that will test all standard of golfer
For most it will take multiple plays to really get a feel for the course, and know the lines of play.
If you can drag yourself away from the history and splendour of Budapest you will be rewarded with a most enjoyable golfing experience
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