Black Sea Region
Bulgaria’s coastal resorts of the Black Sea are home to some world-class golf courses relatively unknown to the traveling golfer. Once discovered you will experience an unforgettable and exciting challenge with some fantastic views and courses to rival anything like you have played before!
The Black Sea region in Bulgaria remains an untapped gem for golf lovers, which is what makes it such an appealing destination for anyone looking to try somewhere new.
For while it may still be an up-and-coming area of the world for golf holidays, the Black Sea region boasts some courses of genuinely high quality, and resort destinations that are the match of any in Europe. A treat to play, a challenge to be had, and a welcome warm enough to make you glad you discovered the region before the masses, who are soon to follow.
Here are some of our favourite courses.
Designed by former World Number One and Masters champion, Ian Woosnam, the Lighthouse Golf Course is one of the pioneering venues for golf’s surge in popularity in Bulgaria.
And when you pay a visit, it’s easy to understand why.
A classic parkland layout of a course, Lighthouse nevertheless benefits from a delightful Bulgarian backdrop. Head inland and enjoy the rolling greenery of this finely maintained course, coupled with occasional turns towards the coastline and the spectacular scenery over the limestone cliffs out to sea.
The course itself is a real treat to play and a classic layout for a golf holiday. It offers chances to score on just about every hole, yet always with a genuine threat of disaster for any shot that veers off the fairway.
This is thanks largely to some well-placed bunkers and water hazards, designed to test nerve and accuracy.
At more than 6,200m off the back tees, it’s a decent length without being overwhelming. A mix of risk-reward holes and five par-3s that can make or break your round. Lighthouse is a fun experience in a beautiful setting, on a quality hotel and spa resort.
If you want to know what a golf holiday experience in Bulgaria’s Black Sea region is all about, then Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort is the full package.
Billed by many as Bulgaria’s answer to Pebble Beach, the comparison is more than favourable. The Gary Player design snakes the course along the top of the truly jaw-dropping limestone cliffs that tower over the Black Sea. Every hole offers sea views and a backdrop that is a joy to behold, with a craggy landscape and well-kept fairways that roll along the clifftop.
But it’s not just the scenery that makes a visit to Thracian Cliffs such a memorable day out. The course itself is a triumph of architecture and nature, blending together for an exhilarating golfing experience.
Player has cleverly used the natural elements to ensure that every shot demands your attention, yet never strays into the realms of unfairness. This allows it to be enjoyed by all handicaps, with everyone feeling they can put a score together if they play to their capabilities.
Already making a name for itself on the European golfing scene, the venue played host to the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship and is fast forging a reputation as one of the must-play courses on mainland Europe.
With high-quality facilities, amenities and dining on-site, this is a resort to compete with the very best. It remains a hidden gem for many golfers travelling into Europe, but not for long.
A golf destination of the highest order.
A little further along the clifftop coastline from Thracian and you’ll find BlackSeaRama. This was Gary Player’s first venture in Bulgaria, with the course and adjoining resort spearheading the new drive towards golf tourism in the Black Sea region.
While Thracian has perhaps stolen a march in recent years, BlackSeaRama can stand on its own two feet when it comes to spectacular and quality golf mixed in with high-end facilities.
Like its newer counterpart, the course is laid out across the clifftops, again offering some awe-inspiring views across the Black Sea.
Spectacular Golf in Europe’s Most Up-And-Coming Location
It offers a feel that brings to mind classic links golf that you might find in the UK and Ireland, albeit with a backdrop that’s distinctively Bulgarian. Wispy knee-length grass lies in wait for wayward drives, and, while a flatter terrain than a traditional links course, there are still plenty of humps and bunkers to navigate through on every hole.
When planning a golf holiday in the Black Sea region of Bulgaria, adding this track alongside the thrilling experiences of Lighthouse and Thracian makes for an itinerary that is the match of any across the continent.
Spectacular Golf in Europe’s Most Up-And-Coming Location
Bulgaria may not be the first place you think of when planning a golf holiday, but make no mistake, this is a country that is taking its golf seriously. It offers some truly remarkable opportunities for stunning courses and incredible amenities.
With more and more courses opening up, following in the wake of the fabulous resorts that dot the Black Sea coastline, now is the perfect time to experience what the region has to offer. Prodigious courses whose reputations are enhanced by the day and scenery that simply has to be taken in to be believed.
Experience it now, before the rest of the world truly catches on.
To find out more or to book a golf holiday to the Black Sea region, get in touch with one of our team today, and take your first steps to a memorable Bulgarian adventure.
The Black Sea Region runs along Turkeys Black Sea Coast that stretches from Romania and Bulgaria to the North of Turkey. It is perfect for a golfing holiday and this is largely due to the weather that barely drops lower than 70°F between April and October.
Varna, Bulgaria’s third city and maritime capital, is one of the most interesting and cosmopolitan areas of the Black Sea Resort. Not only being a holiday resort, the city includes a naval base and is also full of history but in a modern place to visit. In the centre of the city you will find the largest Roman baths complex in Bulgaria and an archaeological museum to enjoy the early history of this great place.
The beach is separated from the city by the ‘Parque Coastal’ or the ‘Sea Garden’, which is the largest park in Varna and includes huge specimens of trees and flower gardens. The park also has a dolphinarium and Naval Museum.
Classed as the Balkan Gem of the Black Sea, and with an international airport that receives direct flights from many countries such as UK; Germany, France and Denmark, amongst others, Varna and the surrounding areas is definitely a place to visit.
Varna is visited by many Bulgarians and foreigners throughout the summer season, being a favourite place for people of all ages seeking a lively cultural and nightlife scene, along with plenty of restaurants to choose from.
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