Feature Review: Gdansk Golf & Country Club
Gdansk Golf & Country Club (also known as Postolowo GC), is the closest golf club to Gdansk, and it is just 30 minutes south of the airport. Set in a rolling countryside of natural beech trees, the course was designed by the British architect, Jeremy Turner. Opened in 1992, it is one of the country’s oldest and it has the professional air that will impress all visitors… or maybe that’s because it measures 7,765 yards from the back tees and the club has hosted a couple of European championships.
This beautiful course oozes character as it slides through trees, and around glorious ponds and lakes. The largest lake features on four holes and it’s not there for show. The par three 16th promises water all the way to the green, with a dense flank of beech trees making the water even more threatening. The curling par five 4th, from a lovely high tee, clearly shows how your shots must lace their way along the lake’s edge, all the way to the green.
The trees are big and constantly in play close to the lake. Elsewhere there is a more open feel, where the rough, bunkers and smaller water features dominate, but it is still startlingly attractive. Changes in elevation are subtle, and yet distinctive enough to create deception and intrigue. The short par four 6th requires at least one more club as the big green complex sits above you, up against the forest edge.
Blessed with a number of signature holes it is laid out in two equally impressive and spacious loops of nine. The back nine would be considered the tougher of the two and the closing stretch, from the 13th, will make it a struggle to keep your card going. That par three 16th can be a card wrecker, while the par five 18th is long and is as good as a double dogleg.
While the 4th and 16th are as equally dramatic, the par four 15th may be the standout hole. A right-hand dogleg, it requires a laser-like drive between the trees, over a stream, while also avoiding a well-placed bunker.
The club’s scorecard bravely prescribes which tees to play from. The gold tees (6,925 yards) are marked as ‘handicap below 9’; the blue tees (6,530 yards) are for golfers with a ‘handicap above 9’. It’s a long course however you look at it, but it is such a pleasure to play, and there are so many attractive shots to be played that you’ll really want another go at it.
For more information visit: www.postolowo.com
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