Baku, May 23, AZERTAC Golf isn't the first thing associated with Azerbaijan, but that doesn't mean golfers won't have a good time there. There
Baku, May 23, AZERTAC
Golf isn’t the first thing associated with Azerbaijan, but that doesn’t mean golfers won’t have a good time there. There are two fabulous golf clubs that provide a fantastic change of scenery for anyone looking for new courses and the opportunity to discover a new country, reports AZERTAC.
As the clubs are situated within a few hours drive, you can easily combine rounds at both. In addition, Dreamland’s location on the outskirts of Baku ensures easy access to the capital’s attractions and nightlife.
Dreamland Golf Course is an 18-hole masterpiece designed by noted landscape architect Cynthia Dye that offers a premier Caucasus tournament golf experience with a refreshing Mediterranean flair. It was designed to include all the intricacies of golf while remaining highly playable.
The well-kept course is decorated with indigenous olive trees, giving it a charming local feel. The course is relatively flat, which helps beginners. On the other hand, the abundance of large bunkers and water features, in addition to the frequent and infamous Baku winds, present serious obstacles for more experienced golfers.
Dreamland features a magnificent clubhouse with restaurants, cafes, and a pro shop. In fact, it is a large complex that also includes a hotel, a shopping center and a gym. Another unique feature is the Dreamland Golf Academy, a state-of-the-art practice and training facility.
A wide range of classes are offered at the Academy, with first-class instruction totally focused on improving technique and efficiency. Class packages include individual, group, and youth classes, as well as TPI-specific and technology-focused classes. Full details can be found on the club’s website.
National Golf Club of Azerbaijan
Located in the stunning countryside of Guba, in northeastern Azerbaijan, the Azerbaijan National Golf Club is nestled amidst natural forests near the impressive Caucasus Mountains. Designed by Jon Hunt of International Golf Design, it was the first 18-hole, 72-par golf course to appear in Azerbaijan. During the summer of 2014, less than two months after its opening, the club hosted the “Azerbaijan Challenge Open”, Azerbaijan’s inaugural professional event.
Situated on 75 hectares of idyllic Azerbaijani nature, the course features beautiful rolling fairways lined with apple trees and dotted with deep bunkers and lakes, creating plenty of challenges. However, it looks harder than it plays, so less experienced golfers can also enjoy it.
The excellent clubhouse, meanwhile, has luxurious changing rooms, a pro shop and a restaurant serving excellent food and drink with magnificent views of the course. In addition, there is a practice area with putting and chipping areas along with a driving range. Golf lessons are offered, with a one-hour session with a professional costing 50 manats. Details of the lesson packages can be found on the club’s Facebook page.
Another advantage is the possibility of staying at the fabulous Quba Palace hotel.
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