The Drive to Karlovy Vary
We successfully picked everyone up and the bus headed to Karlovy Vary- a beautiful town in the north west of the Czech Republic
In the afternoon some of the group headed to Cehilny GC to play a warm up 9 holes, while the rest of the group took in the town of Karlovy Vary
The bus driver got lost en route to the golf course and we had to take control of navigation…
Our opening Dinner at Olympic Palace was quite wonderful and an ideal way to make acquaintances..
Our accommodation in the heart of Karlovy Vary was Quisisana Palace- and they were most welcoming...
Karlovy Vary GC
This morning our golf competition kicked off at the picturesque Karlovy Vary GC, just 15 minutes out of town.
Designed by Gary Player the course is currently rated no 3 in the Czech Republic and has the highest membership of any club in the country
Cut from undulating forest, the holes are all framed by dense vegetation- and although not a long course we found it could be quite challenging. There is certainly an emphasis on accuracy off the tee!
The team competition today was won by Janet, Bart, Nigel & Peter B.
The individual winner was Janet with 37 pts, and the NTP was won by Sue P.
After golf we all headed back to explore the historic spa town of Karlovy Vary- which was founded in 1358- and is the best known spa town in the Czech republic
We drove to Prague and spent the day seeing the sights of this gloriously preserved city. Unlike many of the ancient cities Prague avoided the destruction of war, and presents an impressive collection of bridges, cathedrals, castles etc
We had arranged a local guide to join us on the bus for a tour of the outer city, and then we joined her for a walking tour of the inner precincts after a 3 course lunch at brewery
We had a late afternoon break- checked in to the Boho hotel, and reconvened early evening for a boat cruise and 3 course dinner- it was brilliant!
Departing at 9am we headed out to Karlstejn Golf, where the Ladies Open Championship ofThe Czech Republic is soon to be held.
The course was quite hilly but with little rough. Thank goodness we had carts because the walks between green and tee were long and strenuous…
The course was a little better maintained and a more recent design than our previous adventures, but even without any long rough the course was quite challenging. The greens had a lot of movement and 3 putts were not uncommon…
Gary won the NTP on hole 12, and Helen won the day event with 36 pts. The team event- yellow ball- was won by Bridget, Helen & Terry with 30 pts
Moving Day- Adamstal Wallenbach 9 hole course
It took nearly 5 hours to drive to Adamstal GC west of Vienna where we enjoyed playing the nine hole Wallenbach course- one of our ’Nine wonders of the Golfing World’
Wallenbach is a very entertaining 9 holes through some heavily forested, hilly terrain
Some holes are so tight players need to walk single file down the fairway!
Others have huge elevation changes. It is a beautiful setting and a fun course to play
The event of the day was a skins event, but individually Raewyn had 23 pts and Bernie 21.
Our accommodation for the night was at the club
Adamstal Championship Course
Golf Club Adamstal's Championship Course is a gorgeous mountain course rated the best course in Austria. With significant elevation change throughout and brilliant views, Adamstal challenged each of the Travelling Golfers, who loved the experience
NTP was won by Jan B
The couples team event was won by Jan & Peter B with 44 pts
Individual honours went to Peter B with 36 pts, and Raewyn with 37
After lunch we drove just over an hour to Vienna to Beethoven hotel- our home for 4 nights
Today everyone took advantage of a planned free day to explore Vienna and do some shopping...
But we gathered for Dinner at the Bristol hotel & then crossed the street to attend a performance by The Vienna Mozart Orchestra. It was a memorable night with the conductor very active and theatrical, and a number of audience participation numbers which added to the fun!
Schönbrunn & The Wachau Valley
We started the day with a visit to the iconic Schonbrunn Palace where we all checked out the gardens and the palace. The cherry on the top was the impromptu horse and carriage ride around the gardens which was a lovely experience
Then back in the bus we headed to the Wachua Valley we our first stop was the impressive Melk Abbey where we did a guided tour
Next up was a leisurely cruise down the Danube- this section of the river is reputed to be amongst the prettiest sections of the famous river cruises- so we opted to just do that!
Finally we alighted at Dürnstein we we had time to explore the old town, and lose one bus and driver
After dinner we attended a String Quartet concert in St Anne’s church
Golf today was at Golf Club Schloss Schonborn, a pleasant parkland course rated no 3 in Austria
The course meanders through heavy forest with the occasional water hazard, and is beautifully maintained
The Travelling Golfers played ‘Battle of the sexes’, and the boys prevailed on a count back..
NTP on the ninth hole was Julia with a wonderful shot that was recorded for posterity
Helen streeted the ladies field with 40 pts, and Peter Barber took the boys award with 35pts
We boarded the bus and departed Vienna- one of the great cities of the world- and travelled to Bratislava where we met our guide and enjoyed a 3 hour guided tour of the old town.
The guide was very good and we essentially got a feel for Bratislava's vast history and saw many of the key sights in a timely fashion..
After lunch we boarded the bus for the drive to Budapest
Our exploration of Budapest commenced with a bus tour where we were joined by Susanna- an experienced local guide.
The combination of bus and walking with a guide gave us all a head start on getting to know the extended history of Budapest- and where everything was! In the afternoon we all had time to further explore, do some shopping or rest…
After dinner we enjoyed an evening cruise up the Danube- seeing the city sights at night was a highlight of the day
The drive from Budapest to Zala Springs Resort was prolonged with traffic works slowing our progress, but eventually we made it to Zala Springs Resort for afternoon golf
Regarded as the best course in Hungary, Zala Springs was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr and opened for play in 2006. It is a strategic course, but the low profile bunkering would suggest it to be a course that needs to be played more than once to work out the lines of play
NTP’s were won by Bernie & Joo-eun
Best cards in were by Julia- 30, and Terry- 29
The team event was won by the Pink team- Janet, Julia, Nigel, Sue, Heather & Peter
That night we dined and stayed the night at Batthyany Mansion where Morgan & Bridget took the Presidential suite!
Royal Bled- Kings Course
Reputed to be the prettiest golf course in Europe, Royal Bled's King's Course was extensively renovated in 2017, and is now part of the IMG network of courses.
Our group found the course and the facilities- from dining, accommodation to the outstanding golf- to be absolutely world class
It’s a gorgeous place to stay and play golf- just make sure you stay at least a few days!
I for one plan to return…
Royal Bled is a Travelling Golfer must play!
With championship pin placements our group struggled on a tough course with only 2 scores out of 18 in the 30’s
NTP was Janet on the island par 3 tenth hole, and best card in for the day was 32 pts from Bernie
Royal Bled- Lakes Course
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
Bart won the day comp with 19 points and Raewyn & Peter B took out the NTP’s
After golf we headed out to explore Bled, visiting the famous Bled Castle, and then taking a leisurely cruise to Bled Island where we had lunch
The day finished with our grand finale dinner- 5 courses in the magnificent Royal Bled clubhouse.
Our European champion was crowned- Raewyn won on a count back from Helen, and just for good measure Raewyn also won the 9 hole comp..
On Wednesday we all said our goodbyes and went our separate ways- but not before the crazy traffic delayed us again…
Our European adventure was done!
The concept of exploring the famous cities of central Europe and playing some golf along the way had brought together a diverse group of Travelling Golfers from around the globe. Thank you to all involved for an enjoyable trip