Royal Bled- Lakes Course

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After the first World War, Yugoslav King Aleksander Karadordevic chose Bled as his summer residence

It was a popular choice!

Golf came to Bled in 1937 when The King's Course was commissioned by Prince Regent Paul (of Yugoslavia)

However World War Two intervened and golf at Bled became a 'casualty of war'


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It took until 1972 for the course to come back to life.

Donald Harradine completely reinvented the course making the most of the stunning mountain back drops to produce a championship course.

Harradine also got the ball rolling on a second course at Bled to be called The Lakes Course.

Nine holes of the Lakes course was completed by Gerold & Gunther Hauser two decades later but as yet there is no news of the proposed second nine


The Lakes Course is another candidate for our ‘Nine Wonders of the Golfing World’ series.

The second course at Royal Bled covers some lovely undulating land, not unlike that of the King’s Course

With a gorgeous mountain backdrop the Lake’s course is a beautifully maintained stroll through the Slovenian countryside.

All holes are framed by lush vegetation, and feature strategic bunkering, the occasional water hazard and the truest of greens with just enough contour to make life interesting


Notable holes include:


  • the delightful short par 4 second hole which requires a strong tee shot to best the rise and then an accurate approach over water to a picturesque green
  • the short dogleg par 4 sixth with pretty green setting


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  • the twisting turning par 5 seventh hole with trees framing the tee shot and one in the middle as well!


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  • the mid length par 4 ninth hole which features a blind tee shot over a ridge and then a delightful approach over water to the final green



The Lakes Course is a perfect complement to the King’s Course.

Royal Bled boasts world class accommodation, dining and service levels- combined with one of Europe’s best and most picturesque courses (the King’s Course).

The golf is sublime- both the championship King's course and the nine hole Lakes course are nicely manicured, world class courses in that 'picturebook setting'.

And after golf a visit to Bled Castle or a cruise on the lake can be recommended

All Travelling Golfers should consider staying at least a few days at Royal Bled- with replay rounds a must!


We rate Royal Bled a Travelling Golfer "must stay & play!"



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