Slovenia is the most promising golf destination in the world

Published: 21.2.2011

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Slovenia is the most promising golf destination in the world

The International Association of Golf Tour Operators named Slovenia the Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year 2015.

Slovenia is the most promising golf destination in the world

Slovenia is green, active and healthy: on golf courses and elsewhere. This makes Slovenia and its 9- or 18-hole golf courses more and more popular as a golf destination, attracting golfers from all over the world. This year it gained additional attention, since the International Association of Golf Tour Operators named Slovenia the Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year 2015.

The Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year Award is awarded every year during the International Golf Travel Market as one of the prestigious awards with which the International Association of Golf Tour Operators highlights the achievements of existing established and undiscovered golf destinations worldwide. The award is voted for by 150 members of the International Golf Travel Writers Association. The chosen nominated destination is an undiscovered gem among the world’s golf destinations with quality golf offer, attractive golf courses, and courses for beginners and experienced golfers. Slovenia swept the world competition away, which is a great recognition and an important step towards positioning Slovenia as a golf destination.

Slovenia`s biggest treasure is a wide variety of natural beauties on a small surface. The majority of golf courses are accessible within an hour`s drive from Ljubljana. Golfers can really enjoy pristine nature in this land between the Alps and the Mediterranean – surrounded by 2000-metre-high mountains and lakes, in the middle of forests, vineyards, fields and flat lands, in the castle gardens or just a stone`s throw away from the best natural spas and wellness centres. This makes Slovenia and its 9- or 18-hole golf courses more and more popular as a golf destination, attracting golfers from all over the world.

A rich variety of Slovenian landscape comes in handy for different playing surfaces. Well-arranged and easy-to-access golf courses and training sites are attracting professionals as well as beginners. The fact that everybody is able to enjoy golfing was the wish of Englishman Donald Harradine, one of the most famous European golf architects, who also designed three Slovenian golf oases: the largest and oldest Golf Bled, the second Slovenian golf course in Lipica and the golf course near the Mokrice Castle in the wine-growing region of Dolenjska.

Golf tourism is becoming an increasingly important part of the Slovenian tourist offer. Specialised European and global golf agencies offer various arrangements in Slovenia: from prestigious packages, which include green fees and services in luxury hotels, restaurants, and wellness centres, to golfing adventures with campers. Slovenian golf courses provide players with a great pleasure of movement, contact with the unspoilt nature surrounding the golf courses, as well as fresh food and wine of superior quality. The goal of Slovenian golf tourism is to be environmentally-friendly in order to preserve its setting in the natural and cultural landscape, which is, besides the hospitality, one of the most important values of Slovenian tourism. Slovenian golf courses offer excellent classes for beginners and proficiency courses for golf masters and golf academies.

Currently, foreign golfers mainly come from Italy, Austria and Germany; however, the number of golfers from Scandinavian countries has increased in recent years, especially from Sweden and Finland.

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