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Have you played golf at A PGA GOLF COURSE in the smallest mountain range in the world?

The High Tatras represent a special region in central Europe and are the highest mountains in the Carpathian range, with 25 peaks over 2,500 metres above sea level. The Black Stork golf resort in Veľká Lomnica has a unique location on the south side of the High Tatras and is situated in the Tatra National Park. Unspoilt nature, rocky mountains and fresh air – great attributes that have to be seen to be appreciated, in 120 hectares of beautiful scenery. This golf resort joined the PGA family in October 2012, a prestigious brand which is currently applied to 19 golf facilities in eight countries on two continents. A PGA GOLF COURSE carries the stamp of quality.

(Source: The Black Stork golf resort in Veľká Lomnica)

The High Tatras represent a special region in central Europe and are the highest mountains in the Carpathian range, with 25 peaks over 2,500 metres above sea level. The Black Stork golf resort in Veľká Lomnica has a unique location on the south side of the High Tatras and is situated in the Tatra National Park. Unspoilt nature, rocky mountains and fresh air – great attributes that have to be seen to be appreciated, in 120 hectares of beautiful scenery. This golf resort joined the PGA family in October 2012, a prestigious brand which is currently applied to 19 golf facilities in eight countries on two continents. A PGA GOLF COURSE carries the stamp of quality.

The Black Stork course

The resort boasts 27 holes (3 combinations of courses), a chipping area and a putting green, the 3 PAR golf academy and simulator, golf equipment and hire shops, a golf school and professional tutors. Each of the 3 nine-hole courses has its own specific characteristics and is equally attractive, with stunning views of the Tatra mountains. From certain holes on course C only the Belianske Tatras are visible; from the others the whole panorama of the central Tatras, as well as the lower Tatras, Kráľova hoľa and even Slovenský raj (Slovak Paradise), can be seen.... although surrounded by mountains the golf course is relatively flat and as well as its lovely views has many water features and lakes. The first 9 holes are played over the Skalnatý potok stream (which flows out of Skalnaté pleso, a glacial mountain lake), the second 9 are in slightly hillier country behind the stream, and the third set of 9 holes runs alongside the stream. To ensure the quality of the course the design was overseen by Hans Erhardt, a well-known Austrian course designer. The driving range is 350 metres long, has 20 covered tees and can be played from both sides. All of the 3 courses start and finish right next to the Hotel International**** with its superb restaurant and well-equipped wellness centre. Hotel guests enjoy a 35% discount on a round of golf and the practice areas are free of charge.

Hotel International – compelling views

The stylish Hotel International is situated in the middle of the golf complex and is open all year. The beautiful Tatra peaks can be admired from the spacious lobby bar with its fireplace, from the library gallery, the restaurant, the summer terrace and also from the relaxation centre. The panoramic views from the outdoor pool are particularly spectacular in winter. The hotel's renowned restaurant provides a wide-ranging menu which will satisfy even the most discerning gourmet diners. The chef refreshes the menu each month with new dishes, cooked using fresh ingredients and stylishly presented.

Golf and wellness breaks

There are numerous special offers throughout the year including Valentine's, Easter, May, Well-Being, Golf and New Year's Eve breaks. During the summer holiday there is a children's golf school including a varied additional programme. A special mountain train runs alongside the course and has a station just a few metres from the hotel.

Modern holiday complex

In the near future the resort will have a thermal park with well-being services using a 2,100-metre deep geothermal borehole producing water at a temperature of 61.8°C. The total mineralisation of this geothermal water meets the required criteria for natural healing and mineral water. The thermal park will add value to the golf resort and will be an integral part of this modern holiday resort with its hotel and apartment blocks.

Exploring the beautiful countryside after golf

Holidays in the Tatras can be spent walking or hiking to mountain chalets that are open all year, night-time sledging, snow funtools (snow montain board, skifox... ets), river rafting, listening to live music in traditional wooden hostelries (kolibas), or visiting caves and thermal spas with many attractions. History-loving visitors can travel through the Spis region using the Gothic Route and visit local jewels such as historic Levoca and Spis Castle, or spend time in the old towns of Poprad and Kezmarok.

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