Why Czech Republic?
The tradition of golf in the Czech Republic started at the beginning of the 20th century as the first golf course in the entire Austro-Hungarian monarchy was established in 1904 in Carlsbad. Shortly after, in August 1905, His Majesty King Edward VII himself conducted the opening of the Marianske Lazne golf course. During the next three decades, new clubs and courses were established. Those prosperous years were replaced by dark times, however, WWII followed by 40 years of communism could not destroy the golf tradition developed during the era of first
Republic. After the Velvet Revolution, which ended the communist era, Golf in the
Czech Republic entered its next, flourishing stage that resulted in its current boom that is unequaled it the whole region. In November 2006, the Czech Republic was declared the “Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year” at the Seventh International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) Awards held during the annual travel industry fair International Golf Travel Market in Marbella, Spain.
The award was, in part, a result of an enormous golfing boom in the Czech Republic where the number of golf courses expanded from only three 18-hole courses in 1990 to twenty-seven in 2007 and 75 golf courses overall (by far the most in central-east Europe).