Well, that was a pleasant surprise. Krakow Valley Golf & Country club is a misnomer, it isn’t in Krakow (about 30kms west) and it ain’t in a valley actually its atop rolling and windy Downland.
Nice drive out through a foret, through a village and to the venue. Not Dubai Millionaire golf by any means and all a bit basic at the reception, but the young lass spoke English, 2 quid for the trolley rental and 4 quid for the course guide book and I was off.
Me, nobody else around. Had the whole place to myself!
Narrow fairways compared to what I’m used to, bloody bunkers exactly where us mere mortals would land a Driver, and to be fair the greens were fast but had just been treated so were a bit patchy & spiked.
I loved it, felt like I was really playing a proper course. It DID take me a couple of holes to realilse the yardages were all in METRES not YARDS - plonker! But it felt a lot like the 9 hole out at Upavon on Salisbury Plain, the water isn’t a problem, not too many trees to get blocked behind but LOTS of bunkers - 180m uphill into wind Par 3’s surrounded with bunkers. Land it on the green it’s bounced, bunker.
It even had some local wildlife
I only lost 4 golf balls (not bad playing on my own tbh) which is not bad considering I’ve only picked up the clubs twice since November last year.
I did of course get bloody sunburnt.
I know that no tourists are going to be coming here on low cost airways and playing golf (too much cheap beer & vodka to drink, Pork to eat and cute chicks/guys to watch), but a 20 minute run from home, but for me, it’s another box ticked on settling in over here.
Now to get that bloody consultancy deal closed and get earning.
I bloody ache ALL over, Valley? Up and down the tops of hills all morning - the 18th a 501m Par 5 uphill into a stiff 25kph gusting wind almost killed me. A Rosbeuf (Sirloin Steak) and a bottle of Mavrud for dinner and I’ll be fine.