Are you considering a golf course trip to Bulgaria? Although historic Bulgaria is small, it is fully shaped and has an interesting history that dates back over 3,000 years before Moses. Soldiers from the ancient kingdom of Thyrisa sailed with Jason in the Argo in quest of the Golden Fleece, according to legend.
Later, the country was ruled by the Ottomans for 500 years and was recently paralyzed behind the Iron Curtain. Bulgaria is now by far the most exciting of all the Balkan countries, keen to encourage the ancient tribal peoples of Thrace’s history and heritage.
Playing Golf in Bulgaria
There are no specific requirements for playing golf in Bulgaria because golf organizations are attempting to increase interest in the sport. Most golf clubs expect players to follow the dress code, bringing different types of golf bags and wear appropriate footwear. Any special requirements should be checked with the individual golf course.
Many golf courses now offer professional instruction as golf becomes more popular. The Bulgarian Golf Association has contact information for golf courses.
1. The Pravets Golf & SPA Resort of Bulgaria
Pravets Golf & SPA is a luxury resort located only 40 minutes from Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital. Every part of the resort, from the 18-hole Championship golf course and stylish accommodations in the 4-star RIU hotel to the world-class 3,000-square-meter SPA center, elegant gourmet restaurant, and night bars, exudes a luxurious and intimate atmosphere. Pravets Golf & SPA is well-known among Bulgarian businesses for its outstanding conference facilities, which can accommodate over 500 people.
Pravets Golf Club features an 18-hole, par 72 Championship golf course designed by Peter Harradine, as well as a state-of-the-art golf academy and a large practice area. The parkland-style golf course, which is framed by the impressive RIU Pravets Hotel, offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lake. With its challenging island green, the No. 8 par-3 hole is the course’s signature hole. The 9th and 18th greens are combined to form a double green, which is a well-known feature of St Andrews’ Old Course. The floodlit driving range offers an exciting for golfers at any time of day or night. A cozy 19th-hole bar, an a la carte restaurant, a Members area, and a fully-equipped Golf Shop greet guests at the stylish clubhouse.
2. The Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort of Bulgaria
Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is Bulgaria’s best and most popular golf course. “You will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet,” says Gary Player. The 18-hole Gary Player Signature course at Thracian Cliffs is one of the most dramatic golf courses on the planet, framed by rugged coastal cliffs and the vast blue of the Black Sea. The Club House, which is located on the Marina Village circle, provides golfers with a pleasant place to meet, have a casual meal, or drink as they start their day on the course and return to reminisce about the highlights of the day.
On the other hand, the full-service Pro Shop is located adjacent to the Club House and offers a wide variety of golf clothing, equipment, and golf balls, all of which every golfer should have in their bag for this spectacular course.
3. The Pirin Golf & Country Club of Bulgaria
One of the most appealing aspects of golf is the opportunity to enjoy nature while participating in a sport, which is exactly what you get at Pirin Golf & Country Club. The Ian Woosnam Golf Course encapsulates what it means to play golf in the mountains, set against the towering backdrop of the stunning Pirin Mountains. The golf course is designed to excite and challenge golfers of all levels while remaining enjoyable for beginners.
The exceptional 18-hole Course A, Par 72 championship course designed by Ian Woosnam, is the club’s pride and joy. The second course is named after the area in which it is located, i.e. e. The Pirin Pine Course, Course B, currently has 5 fully constructed holes.
4. The BlackSeaRama Golf of Bulgaria
The only difference between Bulgaria and Scotland is that Bulgaria is the newest golf destination in Europe, while Scotland is the oldest. BlackSeaRama is a classic links golf course with spectacular views of the sea. The real difference is the climate: in BlackSeaRama, there are over 260 sunny days per year, which translates to about ten months of ideal golfing along the Black Sea coast. Only 50 kilometers from Varna, and only one and a half hours from Vienna and Prague, or Europe’s center.
5. The Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort of Bulgaria
Lighthouse Golf & Spa Resort is an exceptional setting that integrates exclusivity and proximity. You will encounter a green land and stunning coast that is as bold as it is beautiful in the heart of Cape Kaliakra’s signature Golf Coast. The resort is nestled on top of the towering cliffs overlooking the Black Sea, just 5km from the historical town of Balchik and surrounded by three championship golf courses. Only an hour’s drive from Varna and its airport, this historical site boasts vast natural treasures and diverse wildlife.
The main advantages are that it is situated in the heart of the Cape Kaliakra Signature Golf Coast and is surrounded by three of Europe’s most beautiful signature golf courses. It is nestled on the top of towering white cliffs with a spectacular view of the Black Sea, in an unspoiled and tranquil setting with stunning scenery. Just a 10-minute drive from the historical town of Balchik, which features a Marina Bay, a commercial street with small restaurants, bars, and shops, and the world-famous Botanical Garden and Castle.