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

Andy Roberts's picture
Fri, 28 Oct 2011

Postolowo GC

After holing out for par through the leaves at the first, I wasn’t too sure what all the fuss was about, though I would soon be eating my words when I reached the stunning 480-yard par-5 fourth.

Playing an absolute belter into the right-to-left wind, with water positioned down the entire left hand side, there was no chance of reaching the green in two. Even after laying up, the third wasn’t much easier with three greenside bunkers surrounding the flag.

I couldn’t quite get my head around the blind tee shot at the par-4 fifth. My playing partners and I thought the line off the tee was left of the large tree in the middle of the fairway, and so did the yardage book. Apparently not. As we accelerated over the brow of the hill, crossing our fingers, we soon realised the line was in fact right of the stump. After a good five minutes looking time, we all hacked out the deep cabbage to record three doubles.

Regarded as one of the best clubs in Poland, there was only one hole I could say played a genuine birdie opportunity - the downwind 475-yard par-5 ninth, where I lipped out for eagle to turn 5-over for the round.

With a disappointing outward half in the books, on top of several texts coming through of Manchester United’s humiliating 6-1 demolition by neighbours City, I was in real need of a lift. I didn’t get it as my second double-bogey went down on the card after finding the trees off the tee at the Stroke Index 1 436-yard par-4 tenth.

To give you some perspective of the strength of wind, I was required to hit 5-iron into the green from just 130 yards at the par-4 12th and still came up short. Back to the gym, we go! The picturesque par-4 13th also proved another test of ball control, with the drive played onto a slightly convex landing area and second shot aimed across the water to a green placed on a peninsula.

If that wasn’t frightening enough, the 207-yard par-3 16th added even more jitters as the long-iron tee shot was struck across the lake to a high-lying green of repelling shape with beech woods.

Thankfully the final two holes played downwind and I recorded a 4-over back nine for a 9-over 81. All in all, an extremely challenging course that exploited the one real weakness in my game – the ability to keep the ball lower to the ground.

Without doubt, Poland exceded my – let’s be honest – unsure expectations. If someone was asking me where to play golf in the Tricity region of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, I would recommend Sierra GC – friendly staff, luxurious clubhouse, stunning natural features and a very playable course for all abilities. If you fancy taking on Postolowo, make sure you pack your A-game.

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