Feature Review: Mazury Golf Club
At some golf courses, the ‘experience’ starts long before you arrive. The Mazury Golf Club is one such course. It lies deep in the Masurian Lake District, where dense forest overshadows the roads and glimpses of water flash between the trees. The closest golf club is Sand Valley, which is an hour to the north west, en route to Gdansk.
The Mazury Golf Club can be found at the end of one of these small roads, a golf course laced over naturally undulating countryside, between the trees and around water which comes in to play on a dozen holes. It sounds wet and while water threatens on several holes (the 5th, 6th and 18th most notably), it is also there to create an attractive setting.
Mazury was one of Martin Hawtree’s final designs and his name may well add to the appeal for international golfers. It opened in 1994 and it certainly has a quality design to it. At the same time there is something raw and wild about it – a consequence, no doubt of the deep, colourful and often wild rough, as well as the scattering of trees that stretch well beyond the course. It’s a good combination, and it demonstrates instantly that Mazury will reward accurate driving.
There are three tees, with the middle white tees measuring 6,660 yards, while the forward yellow tees are 6,200 yards. There is excellent variety in the length and shape of holes, and while three of the par fives are short, six of the par fours reach beyond 400 yards. There are half a dozen tricky doglegs and, again, it emphasises the need for accuracy off the tee.
The impressive par four 5th is regarded as the signature hole where ponds lie in wait, left and right, and only the most accurate of drives will see the ball stay on dry land. The hole then swings left with the green squeezed between stands of trees. It is the flattest hole on the course.
The back nine finds more shape and, as a consequence, more drama. Small hillocks lend themselves to more embracing tee shots. None more so than the par five 13th, which heads down to a stream and then up, around a wood. It all feels so spacious and that is one of the great things about playing here.
Behind the 18th green and beside the 1st tee, a hotel and clubhouse is under construction. It will add considerably to the feel of the place, although it’s not lacking in practice facilities.
The club offers free lessons on Sundays to anyone who is interested. Like so many clubs, the team here is trying to get more people interested in the game. In a country of 39 million, where fewer than 4,000 play golf, that’s not surprising.
For more information visit: www.mazurygolf.pl
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