Karlovy Vary Golf Resort
The golfing heritage of this spa town 62 miles west of Prague dates back to the early 1900s, and the course was expanded to a full 18 holes in 1933. After decades in the Communist doldrums, the new millennium saw this course remodelled, renovated and modernised, and it is today one of the Czech Republic’s leading golf destinations. It’s a gorgeous parkland-style layout, with lush fairways meandering through thick woodland. Those trees are the main threat to a good score, for there are only a handful of water hazards and few bunkers. In winter, or if the weather turns, the adjoining Indoor Golf Resort offers golf simulators, a driving range and putting facilities. There’s also a luxury apartment in the clubhouse, and a range of excellent hotels nearby.
golfresort.cz, green fees from £70
Ypsilon Golf Liberec
Another design by Keith Preston, this is one of the most popular courses in and around the northern city of Liberec. Meandering through postcard-perfect countryside Ypsilon plays to just 6,673 yards off the tips, making it an enjoyable round for mid-handicappers. Ypsilon also offers unique accommodation in the form of 10 live-aboard houseboats moored to the banks of a water hazard between the 9th, 10th and 11th holes.
ygolf.cz, green fees from £52
Karlštejn Golf Resort
Canadian golf architects Les Furber and Jim Eremko laid out this track meandering through the impressive grounds of Karlštejn Castle, the landscape of hilly woodland making for a dramatic day out. Though the course is a short one at 6,433 yards, players will discover all manner of hazards thrown in their path, from large bunkers to lurking ponds and tricky swales. An additional nine holes were added in 2007 to make Karlštejn a 27-hole facility, and this third nine offers plenty of challenges, from narrow fairways to plentiful bunkers. Situated just a short drive from central Prague, it’s an ideal option for corporate travellers.
karlstejn-golf.cz/en, green fees from £104