Ljubljana

Golfing in Slovenia

06 Dec 2016

In the past decade or so golf in Slovenia has grown from a minor curiosity into a full-fledged recreational sport enjoyed by thousands of locals and visitors alike, and was also named the Undiscovered Golf Destination of 2015 by the International Golf Travel Writers Association. While Slovenia may be a small country in terms of square kilometres, its geographical diversity makes it an especially interesting destination for golfers.

There are now a dozen courses in the country, nearly all of which are within a one-hour drive of Ljubljana - including the nine-hole Trnovo course located just south of the city centre. Trnovo is also conveniently the only course in the country at which non-licensed golfers can officially play, although in practise many courses will waive this requirement for foreigners who can persuasively attest to their skills (and pay the green fee).

A few minutes' drive northwest of Ljubljana, in the settlement of Smlednik, you can find the Diners Club course, which as could be assumed from the name boasts a first-class clubhouse and restaurant, while 20km or so to the northeast the Arboretum course is perhaps our favourite place to tee off in Slovenia, offering a winning combination of reasonable greens fees, a lively clubhouse and incredible views of the nearby Alps, in addition to the proximity to where we live. Meanwhile, the most storied links in the country are located near the fairytale alpine town of Bled, and offer truly breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains during your round.

For any general golf-related queries the best people to contact are probably the friendly folks at the Professional Golfers' Association of Slovenia.

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Bovec

 Podklopca 15, Bovec

Olimje

 Olimje 24, Podčetrtek

Ptuj

 Mlinska 13, Ptuj

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