Golf Holidays in Bulgaria
Bulgaria is well-known for a lot of things, but golf is not traditionally one of them. However, golf’s star is currently rising in the country, as more and more people choose to travel there with a golf holiday in mind. So why are golf holidays in Bulgaria starting to become more popular?
Many of the new courses in the country have already won praise for their innovative designs, which blend new concepts with classic course design features. These courses often utilise some of Bulgaria’s stunning natural features, and golf tourists are now beginning to flock to these courses to see what all of the fuss is about. Popular courses include the Thracian Cliffs course which was designed by Gary Player. This course sits dramatically atop cliffs overlooking the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, and makes use of many of the hillside’s natural features. It has also played host to a leg of the European Tour. Other local courses have also been praised for their sustainability and ethical use of natural resources.
Whatever your handicap, Bulgaria has plenty to offer if you are looking for a great value golf holiday. Most courses offer multiple tees so that you can still enjoy the challenges of that particular course, without feeling as though you are overstretching your golfing abilities. The courses also have all of the same resources as you would expect from your favourite courses back home, such as a club houses, practice greens and pro shops for all of your golfing needs. Most front-of-house staff will also have an excellent command of English, so you can gain assistance when needed.
One of the other major draws about golfing in Bulgaria is the favourable climate. The weather conditions in the region mean that most courses are playable for at least 10 months per year, yet they are not unbearably hot during the summer period. With the majority of European destinations only a few hours away by plane, Bulgaria is the perfect place to travel to if you want the chance to play away from home.
Many of the best courses are also situated close to the Bulgarian Black Sea coast, so when you are not out on the course playing golf, you can spend time enjoying miles and miles of unspoilt beaches. If the coast does not interest you, the area is also steeping in history and plays host to a rich cultural heritage. If you choose to travel to the area with your family or other non-golfers, they will not run out of things to keep them entertained whilst you are playing golf.
Bulgaria is also a great place for a luxury golf holiday if you are on a tight budget. Low costs in Bulgaria mean that you will not end up spending much on top-quality accommodation, delicious food and your green fees. For even better deals, it is possible to arrange cost-saving packages which include all-inclusive food and accommodation, as well as green fees for favourable tee times on the courses of your choosing.
Varna & Cape Kaliakra
If you are thinking about visiting Bulgaria for a golf holiday, the best place to go to is the Varna region, because this region plays host to many of the finest courses in the country. The region has one of the best tourist infrastructures in Bulgaria as well, and so it is a great destination for golfers and non-golfers alike.
The Bulgarian Black Sea coast is lined by long beaches and dramatic headlines, which each have their own unique draws for tourists. Thousands of these tourists choose to visit Cape Kaliakra every year, and it is not hard to see why. This cape juts into one of the most beautiful bays in the whole of Bulgaria, and the area is steeped in historical and cultural significance. Situated close to the Romanian border, the Cape was a strategic stronghold for various different rulers, including the Thracians, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Bulgarians. The bay and nearby lake are also home to thousands of species of plants, animals, birds and fish. But there is still another reason why some visitors come to the Cape; the three fantastic golf courses which are located in the region.
The golf courses around Cape Kaliakra are widely regarded as the best in the Varna region, and when the spectacular setting is considered alongside the innovative course designs, they may be considered to be amongst the best in Europe. Each of the three courses requires a slightly different style of play, and it is said in the region that those who can master all three are ready to take on the world. In fact, a 54-hole competition runs every summer for those who believe that they can win across all three courses. The Thracian Cliffs course, which was designed by Gary Player, has also previously played host to a leg of the European Tour.
Great value golf packages are also available for those who want the opportunity to try their hand at the three courses: the Thracian Cliffs, the Lighthouse Golf and the BlackSeaRama. Depending on what package you choose, you may be able to play multiple rounds on one course, or you may be able to organise to play on a combination of the different courses. As costs are normally lower in Bulgaria, you will be able to make your money go much further.
When you are not on the course or out sightseeing, you can choose to relax in one of the many luxurious resorts within the area. Most golf packages which are available will include standard accommodation fees, and it is normally possible to upgrade your suite if you fancy relaxing in style. The best hotels in the area offer guests access to spa facilities, pools, entertainment and many other holiday extras. If your family or travel companions are not as interested in golf as you are, they will still be able to find plenty of things to keep their interest.