Formerly known as Astoria Golf Resort, Cihelny Golf & Spa Resort boasts a Gary Player designed course, spa & hotel and is located near Karlovy Vary in The Czech Republic
The par 70 course measures only 5782 metres off the championship tees
Player has routed the course through some challenging country with holes 1-5 and hole 18 in hilly terrain, and the remainder along the valley floor and along the banks of a river
Despite the challenging topography early in the round, there are some lovely holes where Player has used the natural hazards to advantage
But it is billy goat territory early on, and would be a testing course to walk for some
A train runs through thecourse, and the lively River Tepla is in play for a number of holes.
Play also heads over fences and it is at times quite a rustic experience...
There are some nice short par 4's- the best of which is the tricky ninth hole
Cihelny is definitely a course where one could benefit from a 2nd play.
A number of holes have surprises not immediately obvious off the tee to the first timer..
Notable holes include:
- the par 3 fifth hole- a short drop shot to a pretty green below
- the par 4 seventh hole with water left and right, a train track left- a creek to cross off the tee- it’s a busy hole!
- the short par 4 ninth holewith a carry over the creek and fencing to reach the fairway, and then a nicely bunkered green (see pic top of page)
- the dog leg par 4 twelfth hole
Cihelny is an interesting local course that could be used as a warm up round before tackling Kalrovy Vary and/or Karlstejn
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