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Prague - Art, Culture and Golf

March 25, 2014

You know it - golf is more than a sport. It is a lifestyle. It is not only about the greens, but about the travel and the things to be had beyond the golf courses. It is about the culture of foreign countries and your very personal lifestyle. One ideal place to combine all three is a trip to the Czech Republic's capital Prague. In 2011 the country won the undiscovered golf destination of the year award from IAGTO and it has improved since. Still not widely recognized as a golf location, the resorts do not need to hide behind their more popular competitors. The cultural side, especially when visiting Prague, will amaze you. Over 800 year-old buildings and a variety of Prague contemporary art gallery rooms featuring both local and international artists await the keen golfer in this magical city.

But first things first. Before your first tee-off you will need to register with the Czech Golf Federation. All you need to do is fill out an application form (that needs to include your handicap) and pay a very reasonable fee and you will receive your registration card for the current calendar year.

The City

Prague is a marvel of a city. Built on the Vltava River, the city houses about 1.3 million people and attracts millions of tourists with his temperate oceanic climate every year. Prague is over 1,100 years old and some of its still exiting buildings date back as far as 800 years. It played a major role during the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in both World Wars.

prague contemporary art gallery

Prague is most famous for its cultural attractions. The city was lucky to keep many of its medieval buildings intact during the wars of the 20th-century. If you go there, make sure to visit the majestic Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, the Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall and Petrín hill. The whole historic centre of Prague is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992 and the sixth-most-visited city in Europe.

The Art

Prague is without a doubt the art capital of Eastern Europe. There are many galleries and art vendors that offer the most astounding selection of art. There is something for every taste and budget. As a golfer of the world you surely appreciate the finer things in life, so be sure to take a look into the rich world of Prague's art scene.

prague contemporary art gallery

A good place to start, for example, is a prominent gallery called Praguekabinet, where design, antiques and art create an inseparable harmony. Here you will find interior accessories, furniture and works of art from, France, Italy, Scandinavia and local talents. like Arik Levy, artist extraordinaire. The Praguekabinet offers objects of exceptional value only from the most talented artists - limited editions, unique pieces and authentic artwork.

If you are into antiques, be sure to visit the countless small vendors tucked away in the small alleys of the city. There are valuable items hidden away behind small windows and in dusty shelves. Prague is a treasure trove for antique-hunters. Countless auctions and official vendors make the Czech capital to one of the most prominent hot spots for all things old an valuable.

The Golf Clubs

There are two golf resorts we want to mention as a good starting point for golfers in Prague. There are no less than five courses within the city limits, from which the Black Bridge Gold Resorts is the most modern one. It opened its gates in November 2010. It is great and very modern club that will compliment your game with extraordinary greens and very beautiful landscape architecture. If you don´t have time for a full round, or plan to visit the city later in the day, Black Bridge is the ideal location - and for a very reasonable fee of 250-350 CZK, too!

The Karlstejn Golf Resort lies a short 30-minute drive outside Prague and famed to be the most beautiful golf courses in the Czech Republic. A beautiful countryside with lush hills and quiet woods are the perfect atmosphere while golfing in the shadow of the majestic former royal residence, the Karlstejn Castle. The course comes complete with 27 holes and some quite unique terrain features, like a natural gully. Although carts are available, most golfers choose to carry their bags and experience the beauty of Bohemia fist hand. If you are up to the physical challenge, we recommend you join them. Fees are a little heftier, but with 3000 CZK for a whole weekend, there is nothing to argue about.

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