Sierra and Postolowo Golf Clubs provide the backdrops. Gdansk very much!

Andy Roberts's picture
Fri, 28 Oct 2011

The view back up to the clubhouse from 18

Standing on the tee looking directly back up the hill, we paused for a couple of snaps. And the tee shot matched the splendour of the view, despite being a real challenge into the prevailing breeze. I probably should have hit a 4-iron off the tee to play safe, but opted for the K15 and only just cleared the hazard by some five yards.

That’s the beauty of Sierra; you are required to think about each tee shot. Take the aggressive route or play safe to avoid dialling up a phone number.

If truth be told, holes one to five let you in gently, with relatively straightforward tee shots and flat putting surfaces. So simple, in fact, I three-putted two of the greens and played them in 2-over.

But our final hole of the day, the par-5 sixth, was quite possibly the hardest and narrowest tee shot I’ve encountered this season. With my drive curling more than a David Beckham free-kick, travelling further to the left by the second, I was already unzipping my ball pocket to pull out another ProV1. Incredibly, my ball smashed against the out of bounds fence and rebounded back into the rough. Somehow a par went down on the card and I signed for a satisfying 4-over 76. When it’s your day, it’s your day.

Sierra GC is one of the largest and most luxurious courses in Europe, featuring 11,000 carefully selected trees, ornamental plants and flowers. The fairytale landscape is further enhanced by stylish bowers, benches and picturesque footbridges, while the course comprises a 300-metre driving range with 26 roofed stands and a chipping and putting area.

Outside the golf season, or if the weather is unfavourable, players can enjoy the emotions connected with golf with the two professional golf simulators in the English-style club house, on top of a pool table, restaurant and bar.

Sierra has also hosted important international championships including the Omega Mission Hills, competed by Martin Kaymer, as well as inaugural amateur events like the Oracle Sun Mid Amateur Golf Tour and Zentiva Cup.

Back to the 5* Hotel Rezydent down the road in Sopot, to sample some of Poland’s finest Wild Boar soup, wine, beer and steak, we hit the town for some well deserved cocktails.

Hotel Rezydent is a charming, boutique hotel situated on the famous promenade of Bohaterów Monte Casino in the very heart of Sopot, a mere 500 metres from its wide, sandy beach. The stylish interior of the hotel reflects the charm and finest cosmopolitan traditions of Sopot of the 1920s, creating an atmosphere full of elegance, yet simultaneously one of privacy and intimacy.

Alarm set for 8am sharp, we jumped back into the bus for the 40-minute trip to Postolowo Golf Club, also known as Gdansk Golf & Country Club. Beautifully laid out among hills and lakes with wide fairways and very large greens, the 7,400-yard Postolowo GC, regarded as a top-50 European golf course, played treacherously long in the blustery autumnal conditions.

Established in 1997, this was exactly what British-born golf architect Jeremy Turner had envisaged: “What I have tried to do with this beautiful tract of land is to create a course that’s a real challenge to the good player.

“At the same time, I want it to be a really enjoyable for the higher handicapper.”

What was the final verdict on Postolowo? Article continues...



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