Cultural heritage embraces Slovenian golf courses

Published: 4.10.2018

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Cultural heritage embraces Slovenian golf courses

Take a look at the best golf courses for those who want to combine golf sessions with an authentic cultural experience of the country.

Cultural heritage embraces Slovenian golf courses

The history of the diverse landscape of Slovenia dates from 250,000 years ago. Since then, a number of different cultures lived in an area and left an impact on the culture and tradition of the country. This is why numerous sightseeing experiences are based on culture, tradition and history. Even more, many Slovenian golf courses are situated in the historical towns, near majestic medieval castles and monuments, which is why combining golf with cultural experiences of the country is a must-do in Slovenia.

Golfing in the surroundings of the castles 

Two golf courses - Mokrice in Otočec - are special locations for all who want to experience playing golf in the green heart of Slovenia next to amazing cultural monuments. The Mokrice Castle, where the mark of the past meets modern holiday requirements, has been rearranged into a high-class hotel. The impressive walls enclose premises featuring period furniture and all comfort a guest could desire. Close to the medieval walls of the Mokrice Castle, an 18-hole golf course spreads over 47 hectares in the midst of centennial forests. The 5th Hole is known among golfers as one of the most difficult ones in this part of Europe. 

Otočec Golf course is located on the waterside of Krka river, where a Gothic water castle of phantasmagoric proportions was built in the middle of shallow running waters of Krka river. Castle towers are reshaped into winery. Both castles organise golf wedding. The landscape and the surroundings are unique not only for special life events, but also for business and leisure activities, including golf. 

Beneath the medieval town walls of the oldest Slovenian town Ptuj lies Ptuj Golf course. What makes an 18-hole golf course so popular are creatively designed water obstacles, in addition to numerous amazing art and music events that take place nearby. Days of poetry and wine are one of the recognizable international festivals of its kind in this part of Europe. They take place at the end of August every year and offer a great opportunity to combine art, music and great wines with golfing sessions. For those who enjoy the art of carnivals, you will be amazed by the creativity and the level of energy at Ptuj Carnival called Kurentovanje, UNESCO listed cultural feature. Lonely Planet singled it out as one of the ten best carnivals in the world, on par with those in Venice, Rio de Janeiro, and New Orleans. 

Golf course in the equestrian park 

Lipica golf course is open all-year-round. Located next to one of the oldest European stud farms, it provides you with a great opportunity for combining golf with a visit to one of the Lippizaner horses shows, for example A tale of Lipica Show, which was premiered in spring 2018 and tells the story of Lipica Classical Riding School and stud farm heritage. 

Where else?

Slovenian capital city Ljubljana is a love at first sight for many foreign visitors. A dynamic city has been a home of Slovenian artists, writers, poets and innovators since first settlement and always had good connections with artistic cities in the neighbourhood like Vienna and Trieste. People of Ljubljana are especially proud of its architecture: the historical imprint of Maks Fabiani, the personal advisor of Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, who also worked with Otto Wagner, and Jože Plečnik, who worked in Vienna, Prague, and in Ljubljana reflects on every step through the city. Lively city vibe in all year seasons is a hallmark of Ljubljana. Music and art festivals take place all year long. 

After playing at Royal Golf Bled you shouldn’t miss the epic ride with a traditional boat called pletna to the Bled Island. The neo-Gothic church was built in 1905 and constructed by some of the greatest names of the Slovenian art and architecture. It is a great example of the marvelous gothic architecture and frescoes. Simply a must see - as innumerable historical and cultural spots and monuments in Slovenia. But, don’t forget, that your main reason to visit Slovenia is golf! Make new memories in Slovenia, no matter your priority when visiting a green heart of Europe.

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