DEVELOPING around the village of Sebedražie, near Prievidza, a golf course with Scottish characteristics will be constructed on an area of 33 hectares between 2009 and 2012, the first of its kind in Slovakia. A Scottish golf course, unlike those of an American or English type, needs neither extensive surface adaptations nor special lawn plantings as it will use natural terrain, surfaces and barriers, explained Slavomír Pavle, the developer of the project, to the Sme daily.
Another part of the complex will consist of the already operating Water-World recreational-relaxation centre designed for families with children.
The budget for the golf course’s construction is €10 million. This year a training driving ground and a six-hole golf academy of a more demanding level will be built, but the latter will be put into full operation only in 2010. In coming years, a nine-hole golf course will be added. Players will have access to motel accommodation, three golf simulators, a restaurant and a clubhouse.
When completed, the complex will be open year-round, Pavle told Sme. He said the course will be built on land next to the demarcated mining spaces of the Cígeľ Mine, on community land, leased for 99 years. The grounds are stony half-pastures, not good for seeding forests but very suitable for golf, according to Pavle.
Sme wrote that the designer of the initial master study of the complex is Slovak golf architect, Peter Gál. His original design was adapted for the final plan by world renowned golf architect Tom Mackenzie, who has built several similar greens in Scotland.
The complex will be constructed in close cooperation with the Scottish town of Musselburgh, which has both a mining tradition as well as the world’s oldest golf course of this type still in use.